Local Natives End Masonic Lodge Residency with a Night of Rarities and Carols with Miya Folick

Local Natives at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery by Steven Ward
Local Natives at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery by Steven Ward

Local Natives ended the final night of their residency at the Masonic Lodge within Hollywood Forever Cemetery late Wednesday night to another soldout crowd. With the promise of a completely different setlist every night, as well as teasing rare live performances of deep cuts and special guests, fans waded eagerly into the gorgeously solemn confines of the main hall. And the local boys did not disappoint. For nearly two euphoric hours they gave fans an impossibly intimate and unique show that drew from their four albums and newest singles.

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As with the previous two nights, Local Natives dusted off more than a few songs that often never see the light of day for their last night at the lodge. So while they played favorites like “Dark Days” and “Sun Hands,” they also dug up a ton of tracks from their first two albums.

But they also played more than a few new tracks off their upcoming new album. Which included the previously released singles “Hourglass” and “Just Before The Morning.” Not to mention a heavenly acoustic encore that featured “Coins” and “When Am I Gonna Lose You?” And a finale that brought the whole band down into the crowd as they finished off with “Who Knows Who Cares.”

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Dave Harrington of Darkside was one of two special guests to appear, lending his guitar-wielding wizardry to the band for a number of songs throughout the night. And then along came Miya Folick, who joined the boys for a one-two emotional gut punch that included a rendition of “Lemon” and a radiant cover of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”

Words and photos by Steven Ward

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