Live Photos: Local Natives and Charlotte Day Wilson at Observatory North Park, September 15, 2016

Local Natives
Photos by Andy Bartotto

Hitting the stage a week after their third studio album, Sunlit Youth, was released, Local Natives kicked off the night with a pair of new songs: “Past Lives,” followed by “Psycho Lovers.”

Next up was “Wide Eyes,” the opening track off their debut album Gorilla Manor. What followed was a perfect blend of songs from all three of their albums, never slowing down, with no awkward moments or changing instruments. This is something many bands fail at during their shows, slowly losing the crowd’s goodwill, but Local Natives never did.

With Taylor Rice (guitar) and Kelcey Ayer (guitar, keys and floor tom) taking turns at singing lead vocals, plus Ryan Hahn (guitar and keys), Nik Ewing (bass and keys), and Matt Frazier keeping a steady beat on the kit, Local Natives proved themselves a very talented band. The main set ended with “Who Knows, Who Cares,” which is one of those great songs you love to hear live, and then you want to turn up the volume when you hear it on your stereo.

Opening for Local Natives on their tour was Toronto native Charlotte Day Wilson. Supporting her recently released, self-produced debut EP CDW, Charlotte also demonstrated plenty of talent. The 23-year-old not only sang, but played guitar, bass, and saxophone.

Photos: Local Natives at Observatory North Park

Photos: Charlotte Day Wilson at Observatory North Park

Local Natives Set List:
“Past Lives”
“Psycho Lovers”
“Wide Eyes”
“You and I”
“Dark Days”
“Heavy Feet”
“Mother Emanuel”
“Fountain of Youth”
“Who Knows, Who Cares”

“Sun Hands”

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