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British Alt-Rocker Ben Howard Brings Emotional Set to D.C. [Gallery]

Ben Howard brought his guitar-driven, mellow tunes to The Anthem in Washington, D.C. last week.

Howard released his third full-length album Noonday Dream earlier this summer, and is touring based on this release. The LP features lovely singles “Nica Libres At Dusk” and “A Boat To An Island On The Wall.” The setlist included these two tracks, as well most the remaining tracks on Noonday Dream. The only older tracks played that evening were “Small Things” and “Evergreen”, fan favorites from his prior LP I Forget Where We Where. It was clear that fans were much more familiar with these two older tracks than the recent releases as many people sang every word.

Calming, yet stimulating

The singer-songwriter performs every song with passion and skill. His guitar skills are spectacular and his voice is raspy and calming. Those near Ben Howard could see the emotions his music contains written across his face. This combination, along with his large accompanying band, made for a calming yet stimulating set.

Howard let his music do the talking that night, and only spoke twice throughout the set. One of these two occurrences included thanking the crowd for “coming to see [them] in the rain, braving the hurricane”. The soulful, peaceful music made the dreary evening seem brighter.

Check out some photos from the night below:

All photos by Lauren Fuchs.

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