Night Beats put on a stellar performance despite the small audience attendance. Photo: Angela H. Brown
I checked out Night Beats in Salt Lake City about a week before heading down to Austin. The crowd was sparse at that show, but they performed like they were playing to a packed house instead of to the dismal crowd that consisted of members of Spell Talk, Max Pain & the Groovies, the regulars at those bands' shows and a handful of people who were there to see the local group that was closing the night. I hoped that Night Beats' shows in Austin would bring a larger crowd, the Seattle-based psychedelic soul group are awesome live and I’m shocked that there isn’t a bigger buzz around them. Unfortunately, their Wednesday night show at Buffalo Billiards didn’t draw a much larger crowd than the Salt Lake City show.
Although the turn out wasn’t great (which made the shake down that the door guy gave us when we entered the venue even more ridiculous—seriously, dude was like a TSA agent) the band still killed it live. The set in Austin was similar to the one Salt Lake City—although the Austin humidity seemed to have curled everyone’s hair significantly—and within a few songs lead guitarist Danny Blackwell was once again dripping in sweat, bass player Tarek Wegner was shaking his wiry body around the stage and I’m pretty sure the drummer was actually wearing the same shirt as he did in Salt Lake. Although the two shows were strikingly similar, Night Beats were still enjoyable and an excellent way to end night two in Austin.