Keep An Eye On Waker Or You’ll Be Left In Their Rocking Wake THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: WAKER @ NEW NASHVILLE RIVERBOAT SHOWCASE | SXSW 3/16/18
AUSTIN, TX- The final band to grace the riverboat “stage” on Jamie Kent’s New Nashville showcase was the band Waker, and boy … did they close out the musical offerings with a bang.
If you’re a fan of Dave Matthews Band, Phish or Widespread Panic, I think you’ll dig what this band has to offer. This group of 7 musicians came together just a couple of years ago, but they have a sound that’s full and polished. Their rocking pop jams are infuse various genres of musical stylings, but what ties them all together is the energy, life and sheer joy that they infuse into every note they play.
If you want my two cents, watching these perform live, I gleaned the notion that this band has all of the potential in the world. I mean, how can you not be engaged by the spirit of their music and the adventuresome soul that they all seem to share. Even though they were confined to relatively small performance area, their performance and sound was so much larger than you could have anticipated. Case in point, as the riverboat slowly drifted under a pedestrian bridge, walkers stopped in their tracks to watch and listen to Waker perform as the boat floated by (photographic evidence below).
I think I read somewhere that this band’s first first gig was in a yogurt shop in Nashville. Well, I think that it won’t be long before this band will be playing and packing headlining shows in venues significantly larger than that. I think that they can really gain an extremely loyal following simply touring the college circuit with the jam-band like ethos spreading that infectious energy in whatever city they hit up. After all, it only took only a 30 minute gig on a riverboat to convince me of the same.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) April 9, 2018