The Sanctuary at First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia had a California invasion on Saturday August 6th. We Barbarians and Local Natives paid the Philly crowd a visit for a memorable performance. I’ve been to several shows at this venue and its always been a mellow atmosphere with a seated crowd but no less entertaining. The evenings performance was booked months in advance as the Local Natives have a big following due to the local college radio station WXPN being a big supporter of the band. It’s hard to believe a year ago this band wasn’t even signed to a label and now they are touring internationally and selling out houses.
The evening started out with the 3 piece indie band We Barbarians, from Long Beach California. They have a similar sound to Philly’s own The Walkmen and definitely a band to check them out. Local Natives were up next and performed for the most enthusiastic crowd to date. It was a civilized time with a moment of crowd surfing but that ended quickly when the band asked everyone to play safe. Crowd surfing in a church is definitely a first for me. This 5 piece band works well together and bring unforgettable harmonies and a truly impressive performance. The band played mostly songs off their premier album Gorilla Manor. Local Natives will be on tour through November. Check out there tour dates here.
Check out Local Natives website
Check out We Barbarians site