Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine
Sep 162014

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8 p.m.
Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

The Dunwells

Trendy English Band The Dunwells To Perform At Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, Malibu.

The Leeds-based band The Dunwells bring their blend of English rock and American roots music to Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 25.

From the pubs of Leeds, England, to an American record deal and a stunning debut album in just a few short years, these four “best mates” have had an amazing journey together. The trendy English band, The Dunwells’ music is characterized by soaring vocal harmonies amidst their rock and roots influences, resulting in a sound that is bracingly fresh, yet warm and familiar.

The English band, The Dunwells is a four-piece band made up of brothers Joe and Dave Dunwell and cousins Jonny Lamb and Rob Clayton. Having spent their formative years honing their chops in the clubs, their first big break came when they hit the shores of the United States in 2011 to perform at the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN. Their impact was nothing short of astounding, landing them a record deal with Austin-based indie Playing In Traffic.

The Dunwells’ swift rise in 2012 and 2013 developed through endless touring, an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and packed shows at Red Rocks in Colorado, the Levitt Shell in Memphis and the Rock Boat. They also appeared at major festivals in both the U.S. and the U.K., including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bunbury, Cropredy, HMV’s Next Big Thing and The Great Escape.

In September 2014, the band followed up their 2012 debut album Blind Sighted Faith with a special 4-song digital EP entitled Show Me Emotion. (More information about the group visit

WHAT: The Dunwells’ concert
Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
(310) 506-4522 or
$22-$28 for adults; $10 for Pepperdine students

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University provides high-quality activities for over 50,000 people f­­rom 664 zip codes annually through performances, rehearsals, museum exhibitions, and master classes. Located on Pepperdine’s breathtaking Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific, the center serves as a hub for the arts, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Facilities include the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall, the “black box” Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.