gig photos xx: Dry The River rock Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia!!

Dry The River are one of my favorite bands. I was so stoked to know that they were playing in Philly the week I got back from SXSW, it made leaving my Texas music heaven a little more bearable. After hearing their debut album Shallow Bed which comes out April 17th, I could not wait to see some of my favorite songs from the album performed live. Dry The River played last Thursday night at one of my favorite venues in Philly, a bar only a mere couple blocks away called Johnny Brenda’s. One thing I swear by when going to shows is never missing the opening band, if you have never heard the opening band before, chances are they are incredible and might just be your new favorite band. Many of my favorite bands I haven’t seen before end up opening for other bands, and this was the case for Dry The River. They were opening for Bowerbirds that night, and with an early show time, I got home from work rushed to get ready and ran to the venue only to realize the show had been pushed back a couple of hours. Luckily, I had friends there waiting and we caught up while waiting for things to get started. When I went downstairs to set up camp around the stage I talked to some Bowerbirds fans who haven’t heard Dry The River before. This obviously ended with me gushing over how much I love them, how awesome I know they are going to be live, and how I can’t wait for their album to drop on April 17th so I could buy it. I think I had them convinced. Soon, my words meant nothing because where I talked, Dry The River walked. They took the stage and absolutely killed it. They had the crowd mesmerized, not a sound was heard during their quieter songs, and not a body wasn’t moving during their fast upbeat songs. My friends are used to me telling them about a lot of bands, and sometimes write me off or don’t really look into them. But I couldn’t stop smiling when looking at their faces during Dry The River’s set. I could tell that the band was leaving Philly with so many more fans, and though I love them enough for all of Philly, I couldn’t be more happy that they were building up the hype they deserved. I heard Bowerbirds fans after say, “Wow, I came for Bowerbirds, but now I feel like I can just go home. That was amazing”. I could tell they weren’t the only ones. Everyone at the show seemed to be talking about how stunning what they just saw was, including my friends. Dry The River are an incredible band to see live, not only is their music amazing, but the amount of energy they emit from on stage is endless and contagious. You can tell they absolutely love what they do, they love playing for fans (and soon to be fans), and they have so much fun playing together, it’s inspiring. I feel and hope that this is the year for Dry The River. They are such a great band and I hope that this year they get all the attention they deserve after their stellar album Shallow Bed drops in the US on the 17th. Check out more photos from the show on my gig photos page here, and check out Dry The River on tour now in the US and soon in the UK!

Dry The River Tour:

31-March Minneapolis Cedar Cultural Center

3-April Seattle, WA The Crocodile

4-April Portland, OR Doug Fir

6-April San Francisco, CA Independent

7-April Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour

8-April San Diego, CA The Casbah

11-April Austin, TX The Parish

12-April Dallas, TX The Loft

17-April Nottingham, UK Bodega Social Club

18-April Cardiff, UK Clwb Ifor Bach

19-April Manchester, UK Academy

21-April Aberdeen, UK Café Drummond

22-April Glasgow, UK King Tuts

23-April Belfast, UK Limelight

24-April Cork, Ireland Cyprus Avenue

25-April Dublin, Ireland Whelans

27-April Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club

28-April Newcastle, UK The Cluny

30-April Bristol, UK Fleece

2-May London, UK Electric Ballroom

12-May Norwich, UK Arts Center


4 thoughts on “gig photos xx: Dry The River rock Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia!!

  1. This sounds like a great show. Dry the River was the highlight of my SXSW, theyre incredible live. Heres a video of them playing “Bible Belt” from the Spotify House

  2. it’s really great to hear a band that shines among such a popular style nowadays. The folksy-rock movement has been rapidly increasing with bands like Mumford and Sons on the billboard charts and Boy & Bear at #1 in australia… it can no longer be ignored! Dry the River deserves recognition for doing what others are doing… but so much better. I have high hopes for this band and expect to see a copy of their record in all my friend’s vinyl collections. I’ll be seeing them live in SD in about a week… man, oh man i can’t wait!

  3. These guys have amazing harmonies. I saw the Spotify house performance too and thought it was great. Amazing we are just now hearing about these guys in The States. Can’t wait to pick up Shallow Bed on the 17th see if it lives up to what I have heard so far!

  4. I was at this show and it was absolutely amazing. Seeing them live confirmed how much I love them. I can’t wait until their full-length, “Shallow Bed” is released in the US on the 17th. They’re going to make A LOT of waves.

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