Concerts

Dry River Yacht Club Threw a Massive Release Party, and Everyone Came

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"A lot of our band friends came out, and there was lots of mutual support, which made it all awesome and amazing," said Kristilyn Woods, bassoon player for Dry River Yacht Club.

After Technicolor Hearts came the night's secondary, but still important, record release. The release of Bernard and DRYC bass clarinet player Fred Reyes' side project, The Sun Punchers EP. The Sun Punchers are for more bluegrass than the Yacht Club, injecting some slide guitar, banjo, and mandolin into the already instrument-filled night.

For a band releasing their first EP, on a night designed for another band, The Sun Punchers had an amazing crowd. 300 people crammed themselves as close to the main stage as they could to catch country-looking crew, except for Reyes, who spent the night in a spiffy tuxedo.

Mujeres del Sol took the second stage next, and along with them came a whole new vibe for the night from the twangy sounds of The Sun Punchers. Mujeres was an all-female dance troupe that brought out powerful drum lines mixed with spoken word poetry to make the event seem more like a celebration of the arts and culture of Phoenix than just a celebration of the music.

Their set time was the shortest, at 20 minutes, but their contribution was enormous for bringing an entirely different consciousness to the show than the rest of the performers. Following their set Michelle Ponce of Mujeres del Sol explained that besides being a performance troupe, the group is also mean to create a safe space for girls and women of all ages to artistically express themselves through poetry, music, and dance.

With a lovely preface of strong, beautiful women telling the crowd it was more than okay to dance, Future Loves Past brought their progressive disco sounds to the main stage, and the crowd was ready to use those dancing shoes.

FLP has been getting stronger and stronger since "Lushfest," their September album release, and if there's anything they do better than everyone else it is their use of vocal harmonies. All the musicians in the band are talented, but as they play more and really embrace their poppy sound the vocal harmonies are propelling the group into a different level of music making.

Mujeres Del Sol made the crowd feel like dancing was okay; FLP made the packed house feel like dancing was a requirement. For 40 minutes everyone in the house was at the very least tapping their feet and nodding their heads.

Sedona-based progressive folk act decker. took the second stage next, and at this point Last Exit Live promoter Matty Steinkamp could no longer contain his excitement; he brought the energy levels up with a howl of "I love you decker!" just before they started playing.

Honestly, if Dry River Yacht Club was watching, they may have been kicking themselves for booking decker. directly before them, because they had to be a hard act to follow. Their set was a half-hour psychedelic trip to whatever dusty southern bar decker. would have rather been playing, set to some of the most powerfully soulful music of the night.

If FLP was the heartbeat of the night, decker, was definitely the soul as he played his jammy tunes, with his skull tattoo showing out of his half-open shirt and his glasses perched just on the end of his nose, begging to fall off at every strum of the guitar.

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Jeff Moses
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