The Grey Eagle gets Naked and Famous

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Last Sunday night, the Grey Eagle was host to an insanely solid trio of bands. The party started off with Luna Shadows, a Los Angeles performer with enough soul and spunk to go around for everyone. Her electro-pop sound was fresh and cool as she belted out songs from her 2016 debut album Summertime. She even managed to sneak in her new single “Cheerleader.” 

Her relationship with the crowd was totally engaging and gracious all night. Rocking fishnets and jet black hair, she gracefully danced around the stage along with the thrilled crowd. She took a moment to thank the audience and document her very successful set on social media for her Facebook fans, and with that she was off.

Next up were California surf punk favorites Wavves. Frontman Nathan Williams stepped out onstage to thunderous applause and giddy screams. The rest of his band followed and quickly dove into their perfectly crafted setlist. These guys are basically music royalty and their fans made sure they knew it throughout their entire set. Song after song of pure fuzzed out guitar bliss left the audience totally amazed. 

Everyone was jumping around and screaming along to legendary hits like “Green Eyes” and “Post Acid.” Every single song seemed to send the crowd deeper into their Wavves induced frenzy. After some joking banter with the crowd it was time to say goodbye to Nathan and the boys. They thanked Asheville for being awesome and headed backstage.

The time had finally come for New Zealand rockers by way of Los Angeles, The Naked and Famous, to take the stage. They exploded into their set right off the bat with “Hearts Like Ours” and made sure to infect the crowd with their good energy. The anthemic and pulsing sounds emitted from the band's instruments paired with Alisa Xayalith's vocal talent was truly a sight to behold. 

They got big applause after their opening song and then it was time for the rest. They played all the hits with their biggest song “Punching In A Dream” coming in sooner rather than later, an act that the excited crowd didn't seem to mind one bit. Their superstar presence never died down throughout the night and you could tell that Asheville was very happy they had gotten the chance to see the band in the flesh. Until next time!

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All photos by Holden Mesk of Asheville Music Guide