Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Features at Rock N Roll Hotel

Nightlife survived last night in NE as we rocked out with The Features at the Rock N Roll Hotel. The set began promptly a 9pm, and The Features played for about 40 minutes. Much to Nightlife's surprise, they were the opening act to J Roddy Walston & The Business, a Chattanooga-turned-Baltimore group.

Terrible iPhone Quality; Roger Dabbs (l), Matt Pelham (r)
Nightlife unfortunately had to call it a night before J Roddy took the stage, so we didn't get to rock out the entire night.

While The Features were as energized as ever, we were slightly disappointed at the length of the set. Having grown up in the Nashville music scene, Nightlife is used to The Features being the headlining act. But they played a mix of older tunes ("The Way It's Meant To Be") and stuff from the new album ("Golden Comb'), which drops at the end of July.

The crowd was sparse at the beginning, with only a few dozen people in attendance. We suspect the early start time and mid-week performance were contributing factors. By the end of the set, however, the room was packed and enthusiastic.

The DC crowd is a little different than Nashville show attendees. The Rock N Roll Hotel is smack in the middle of an up-and-coming hipster neighborhood, and the back of the room looked like a few fraternities thought Dave Matthews Band was going to take the stage. The crowd was somewhat eclectic.

Nightlife encourages you to check out their website... and we've included this live version of "Golden Comb" for your enjoyment:

Also, you can find a lot of their live stuff thanks to an old friend by clicking here.

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