Hozier and Dawes Delight Sold Out Red Rocks Crowd

Photos and review by Tiffany Cuthrell

On a beautiful night for a concert, Dawes and Hozier gave a memorable show at one of the world’s most beautiful (and acoustically resonating) venues out there.
Taking the stage first and preparing the mood for the high altitude night were Los Angeles-based indie rockers, Dawes.
In 2009, the genesis of Dawes as a folk band took place. They recorded their debut album, “North Hills” on analog tape live in Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. They have since released three more studio albums, and even toured for six weeks with the legendary Bob Dylan last Spring.
Led by brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Dawes has been revered for their authentic youthful, yet throwback folk sound. They’re currently touring in support of their latest LP release, “All Your Favorite Bands”, which hit shelves earlier this year and was produced in Nashville by Gillian Welch’s music partner, David Rawlings.
Dawes set the ambiance with heartwarming tunes. The band delivered eloquent harmonies and metaphorical story-telling lyrics that painted clear portraits of love and living life.
Under a bright red moon, Hozier electrified the standing crowd with a collection of jams from his hugely successful self-titled debut album. He even threw in a cover of Ariana Grande’s “Problem”, emphasizing, “This is decidedly not one of my songs”, as well as an intricate tribute to Skip James with a rendition of “Illinois Blues”.
Cell phone cameras were certainly out in force when Hozier’s hit “Take Me To Church” began. The song has landed Hozier accolades such as a Grammy nomination for Song of The Year, as well as an award for Best Rock Song at the Teen Choice Awards most recently.
Dawes is continuing their own tour in the US, as well as completing several stops overseas.
Hozier’s tour also continues after a brief hiatus starting on August 22nd in the UK.

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