10/20/16 - Lewis Del Mar - The Prophet Bar, Dallas, TX.
October 20th, Lewis Del Mar took the stage at The Prophet Bar, captivating the audience with their unique sound and commanding stage presence. The tour began in Washington D.C, coincidently being the place that the friendship between Max and Danny began, at age 9. That Thursday was the band’s first time in Dallas since the release of their self-titled debut album Lewis Del Mar.The debut album was composed in the duo’s home in Rockaway Beach, New York. It consists of a number of influences, from the music of their childhood, their culture, and the turning points in their lives. Max and Danny wanted to create an album “that you just can’t put on in the background”, and the two most definitely succeeded, by creating a totally unique piece of discography by sampling used sounds. 8:00 pm October 20th, The Prophet Bar is basically empty. It slowly fills as it comes closer to curtains for the opening act Prinze George. At 9:00 pm the room is semi-full, surrounded by a diverse crowd that spanned generations as well as ethnicities. The up and coming indie band took the stage, and received an extremely warm welcome from the audience filled with family, friends and fans. The band consist of Kenny Grimm, Isabelle De Leon, and front women Naomi Almquist. Prinze George seemed to have hypnotized the room with their soft sound. It’s 10:20 pm and the Prophet Bar is still, the background music fades and the lights are off. Two minutes later the very colorful band makes their way to the stage, taking over the venue in matter of seconds. Lewis Del Mar opens the show with the same song that starts their album, ironically, as if it’s their national anthem. The bar shakes to the intro of "Such Small Scenes", and the crowd explodes. Lewis Del Mar carry into the next couple songs very quickly, you can hear fans singing along to "14 Faces", "Waves", and what seemed to be a fan favorite "H D L". Danny Miller seems to have no problem with loosening up the crowd, with each strum of his trademark acoustic guitar. Half way through the show Danny Miller takes the time to thank the crowd, for coming. He mentions how hearing everyone sing along to their tunes is really humbling considering the album had only came out a week ago. A number of screams come from the audience, women shouting “I love you”, and men telling the duo that their “album is f****** dope”. There is no question that they have the Prophet Bar in the palm of their hands. During "Painting", the floor of the venue felt like an ocean, as people swayed back and forth to the uplifting song. The duos comfort level of being on stage was made the most evident during "Tap Water Drinking", a personal favorite. It almost seemed like the energy of the crowd fueled Danny and Max even more. Midway through the song, Danny Miller stepped into the sea of people making his way across the room, the audience was taken by surprise. He found his way onto the bar at the rear of the audience and began to almost preach the lyrics, that you could tell the two took much pride into the Dallas crowd. Although the song itself may seem to be way too slow to fire up any crowd, that is most definitely not the case. One of the most diverse crowds I have ever came across never seemed so in sync, when the folk rock duo began playing "Loud(y)", a song off their EP. Dallas acted as if it were Max and Danny’s choir chanting the words right back to them. It was a very explosive way to wrap up the night. Danny gave a simple “thank you” to Dallas, and the band exited. But it was not enough for fans, as they shouted “one more song”, in efforts to get them to play an encore. In response to the audience’s plea, Lewis Del Mar appears on stage once again to play their final two songs of the night, "Memories" and "Malt Liquor". After the two songs, Danny graciously thanked Dallas again, showing us how humble the duo really is. He also introduced his whole band, and then made it very clear that “nobody in the f****** band is named Lewis or Del Mar”, and exited the stage for the final time of the night. If I were to give a list of all the memorable things that I encountered at the Lewis Del Mar show, I would have no idea where to begin. So, I’ll list the things you won’t see. You will not see one person standing still. You won’t see anyone unhappy. You definitely won’t see a boring show. Max and Danny certainly know how to captivate their listeners, and how to bring their album to life. The night of October 20th, acts as proof that this will not be the last time Dallas will have the privilege to see Lewis Del Mar.