The folk-rock band Dawes just can't get enough of Lancaster, and locals aren't complaining.
Dawes performed for the second year in a row at the Long's Park Summer Music Series tonight, which was also the fourth time the band has performed in the area since its debut in 2009.
Taylor Goldsmith is the lead singer and plays guitar, and his younger brother Griffin plays drums. Wylie Gelber is on bass and Tay Strathairn plays the keyboard.
The band was quick to note the large crowd that filled Long's Park.
After opening with "From a Window Seat," Taylor Goldsmith shouted out to the crowd, "Seems to be a lot more of you guys than last year."
"Pretty sure this is the most people Dawes has played for — ever," he said.
The band has been getting air time on radio stations like 88.5 WXPN. And with so many visits here, they've cultivated quite the local fan base.
Ethan Brackbill, 17, of Lancaster, saw Dawes last year.
"It's pretty cool that a band that's been on the radio has played multiple times here," he said.
Of course, its fame isn't simply local. Last month Dawes performed "Most People," a single from its third album, which was released in April, on "Late Night With David Letterman."
The band also has performed alongside Bob Dylan, Pat Sansone of Wilco and John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Dawes has been deemed "authentically vintage" by "Rolling Stone" magazine.
The latest album, "Stories Don't End," was the focus of Sunday night's concert.
"They're just really original," said Alyssa Fowler, 21, of Lancaster.
With insightful lyrics and a message in every song, Dawes easily slips into the folk genre.
"They're kind of like Mumford and Sons," said another Lancaster native, Amy McGinnis, 27.
"They're definitely folk-y. And the fact that it's a free concert is just awesome," she said.
Dawes even has fans who follow it from show to show, like Julia Snider, 18 of Newark, Del.
"I met the lead singer and the drummer, with the hair," Snider said of the Goldsmiths. "They were very nice."
The four twenty-somethings keep themselves busy not only with constant touring but with a cause as well.
In March, Dawes visited Rwanda to raise awareness of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa with Nothing But Nets, an organization that provides bed nets to families.
Started in 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million and provided more than 7 million bed nets to families in Africa.
Taylor Goldsmith told the organization's website, "A $10 bed net is all it takes to give a family hope. We believe no child should die from a preventable disease like malaria."
Dawes fan Julie Brunner, 33, likes the band "much more," after discovering its humanitarian side.
"It's nice for kids to have a good influence," Brunner said.