DHANI HARRISON + SUMMER MOON + MEREKI @ THE EL REY THEATRE
Photos by Eduardo Luis Words by Neelofer Lodhy
It’s no surprise that Dhani Harrison has a multitude of musical talents running through his veins. The only offspring of the beloved late Beatle, George Harrison, effortlessly rocked the confines of a sold out El Rey Theatre, concluding a series of tour dates in promotion of his debut solo effort, In Parallel.
Harrison draws in a fan base ranging through an array of ages dating back to early Beatles’ fans, to today’s youth. Both were in attendance last night scouting for extra tickets to get into the sold out show. As fans continued to pack in the El Rey anxiously waiting Harrison’s arrival, they passed the time by posing for photos with their copies of the In Parallel vinyl.
Harrison was joined by Noah Harmon from support band Summer Moon on guitar and drummer Chris Hornbrook known for his talents in Big Black Delta and Senses Fail. Harrison shredded away on his guitar along with several other electronic devices such as a vocoder and reverb throughout the set which catered to his prog-rock, ambient sound.
Later on in the evening, Harrison was joined on stage by primary act Mereki for a duet to perform “Poseidon (Keep Me Safe),” and keyboardist Camila Grey of Summer Moon for “All About Waiting.” Harrison closed out the encore by having members of both opening bands join him on stage for one final jam. As said the song’s memory lies with recollection from his college years, Harrison, Summer Moon and Mereki all went in on Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” an epic ending to a final tour date.
Futuristic vibes were in the air as Summer Moon took the stage. This group is the brain child of Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture. The neo-new-wave outfit, as it’s been defined, includes keyboardist Camila Grey (Uh Uh Her), drummer Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) and guitarist Noah Harmon (Airborne Toxic Event).
Australian-born artist Mereki, kicked off the evening with some spiritual pop that got the crowd moving. The former Goldroom singer who’s based out of Los Angeles performed songs from her latest four-track EP Beach, along with her viral single “Blue Lake.”