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DREAMERS & Smallpools Heat Up The Waiting Room!

Story and Photos: Audrey Wright

Indie-pop up-and-comers DREAMERS and Smallpools made a stop at The Waiting Room (11/19) on their Cameras And Coastlines co-headline tour, bringing some much needed heat to Omaha. In addition to the one-two punch of DREAMERS and Smallpools was the East Coast group Young Rising Sons. Although the temperature outside was freezing, that didn’t stop anyone from coming out to party. The Waiting Room was packed for this amazing lineup.

Hailing from Redbank, New Jersey, Young Rising Sons was up first. The band formed in 2010 and was signed to Interscope Records in 2013. After several EPs and a string of singles they are now operating independently and are currently supporting their latest release, a deluxe version of their album Still Point In A Turning World. They really got the crowd riled up for a night of fun and the crowd reciprocated the energy.

DREAMERS were up next. I was excited to catch these guys again after reminiscing about seeing them open up for The 1975 a few years back. It had been a while since I had listened to their tunes, but as soon as the first note hit the memories came rushing back. They had such good vibes throughout their whole set and everyone was singing along with every word. Also hailing from the East Coast, DREAMERS formed in 2014. They've since released a handful of EPs and several singles including their latest, “Internet Junkie” which is available wherever you stream music.

Smallpools were last to hit the stage. Coming from the photography community, when the band's former photographer, Anna Lee, mentioned she had done her first tour with them back in the day, naturally, my interest to photograph them was piqued. I also recall seeing them a couple times back when they opened up for Neon Trees.

Reigning from Los Angeles, CA, this indie pop band blew everyone’s minds, including mine. They played some new hits and some older hits including “Killer Whales”, in which they brought a killer whale floaty out on stage and tossed it into the crowd. I would’ve never thought a killer whale would make it all this way to Nebraska. They played one of my favorite songs called “A Million Bucks”. That song just gets you into a really good mood. Lead singer, Sean, had a guy in the crowd throw his tambourine to him mid-song. He caught it perfectly!

The Cameras And Coastlines Tour brought a little warmth and good vibes to this freezing night in Omaha and everyone had a blast! I would like to thank Smallpools, Dreamers, Young Rising Sons, and their teams for being great! Thank you as always, to The Waiting Room and their staff. Your hospitality is always A+. Until next time friends.

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