It was a Wednesday evening and my head was still a little hazy from Coachella. On top of that, it was April 20th so I was naturally feeling dazed. Either way, I couldn’t be more thrilled to catch The Arcs sold out show at the historic North Park Observatory.

Modest Grammy-winning producer, guitarist and singer, Dan Auerbach’s new side project, The Arcs, is stupendous. He teamed up with his best friends Richard Swift, Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss and Nick Movshon and a spontaneously incorporated all female Mariachi band, Flor De Toloache, to create a soulful, bluesy psychedelic rock sound. The band has released 2 albums thus far, “Yours, Dreamily” and “The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol 1” and continue dropping new singles with frequency.

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I saw The Arcs over the weekend at Coachella and their set was absolutely legendary. They brought out Joe Walsh and Glenn Schwartz as special guests and played a wild trio guitar ROCK OUT session. I loved The Arcs performance at Coachella but I was excited to see them play at an intimate venue.

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Auerbach and the band members opened with “Velvet Ditch and then played a few songs I didn’t recognize. The band has mentioned that they have 40 songs recorded but only 10 made it on Yours, Dreamly. It wasn’t until 20 minutes into their set when they brought out the lovely Mariachi girls for Chains of Love. Their girly spunk adds a vibrant spark to the band. When my eyes weren’t glued to Dan they were hooked on the girls. I couldn’t help but wish I was up on stage singing and dancing along with them. Once the band finished Chains of Love, they smoothly transitioned into my new favorite song, Smiling Faces, a cover from The Temptations.

Towards the end of their set, they played “Lake Superior“. That song always touches my heart. After The Arcs had watched the Netflix Series Making a Murder, the band spent two sleepless nights making a song about Steven Avery. They even closed out their set with an upbeat cover by Gary U.S Bonds “Wanna Holler“.  I had never heard of the song before, but as soon as they started playing, I couldn’t stand still. I was clapping along with the Mariachi girls while my boyfriend was twirling me back and forth. It is awesome seeing the band cover songs that play a huge influence to their music.

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As a huge fan of Dan Auerbach, seeing The Arcs live is an amazing experience. Their vintage attire, authenticity, modern bluesy melodies mixed with two drummers, a female Mariachi band, bassist, keyboardist and endless guitar solos by Dan would anyone feeling awed. To say the least, their set left me mesmerized and I believe I even dreamt about Auerbach that beautiful night.

 

Photos: Carlos Sanchez // @Carlos_Sanchez94