Happy folk gathered at the gorgeous Wiltern Theatre Saturday evening for a night of dancing. Dan Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound Revue took place right here in Los Angeles. Brought along on tour were friends and fellow label mates of Auerbach, Shannon and the Clams. The sold -out crowd instantly began dancing along to the fine tunes of this Oakland-made band. You’ve got Shannon Shaw who takes main vocals and slaps the bass alongside guitarist and singer Cody Blanchard. The two met at Cal College of the Arts and began recording with friends Nate Mahan on drums and Will Sprott on keys. This act had the crowd going wild. They have that vintage surf-rockabilly sound that demands movement. As previously mentioned, they’re also a part of Dan Auerbach’s Nashville label, Easy Eye Sound. Auerbach actually produced their latest fifth record Onion.
After the crowd warmed up their dancing shoes, we all cheered as Dan Auerbach and his band took the stage. It was quite the show we had before our eyes. The Black Keys frontman recently wrapped up a big tour with his garage-rock side project, The Arcs in late 2016 and began creating solo music again in Nashville. Today after eight years, he’s released his second solo album Waiting on the Song. He gained huge praise after his debut record Keep It Hid back in 2009, so let’s just say he’s been long overdue on this solo work and he’s back and better than ever. The audience simply crazed over the immensely talented blues rock musician as he brought this big show to the Los Angeles stage.
The “band” he performs alongside are insanely talented and well known musicians. Slaying guitar solos with Auerbach was legendary guitarist, Duane Eddy who had hit records back in the 50’s and 60’s. Also on stage were the renowned Memphis Boys. It was just a whirlwind of talent on stage and pure joy in the music being played. Auerbach looked like he was in a dream, playing his music he’d recorded with these legends. It just goes to show that he is definitely in his right place if you ask me. He stands alone when he opens his mouth to sing and loosens his fingers to play guitar. Super special night of music and the crowd danced the whole time. What more could you ask for on a Saturday night? Oh, I know. A special surprise appearance by Beck on the third encore song which was a great cover of Elvis Presley’s “In The Ghetto”.
Words & Photography: Danielle Gornbein