Although Woods are a Brooklyn band, they seem to have at least a part-time residency in the Bay Area--hosting the annual Woodsist Festival in Big Sur and Point Reyes, and regularly playing club shows promoted by FolkYeah. On their last swing through The Bay, they played a Thursday, January 19 show at Sweetwater in Mill Valley, Friday at Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, and a foodbank benefit at Gallery 16 in SF. I caught the Thursday show, with The Range Of Light Wilderness opening. The opening trio was enjoyable, giving a stripped-down jammy vibe with three part harmonies and earnest lyrics.
Woods' set was a satisfy blend, starting off with a few songs from their most recent album, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, before getting into older material, including a personal favorite, "Cali in a Cup," off the 2012 Bend Beyond, further evidence of their California connection. Their set was tight as they knocked psychedelic folk tunes, with some longer variations from the album versions, closing with a Grateful Dead cover. Be sure to catch a show for some happy feels next time they're in the area.