Gus Wenner and Scout Willis have last names that make them stars by default (Gus is son of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner and Scout is daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore), but it was last night's show that gives the relatively new folk country rock duo credibility and star status.
Opener Turner Cody warmed up the early crowd. As more people trickled in, many of them clearly close friends of the band, Gus + Scout took the stage and went straight into the set. It was Scout's soulful rock 'n' roll voice that caught everyone's attention. Going into the second song, the room was filled and the crowd was into it. Sisters Tallulah and Rumer showed up early and stayed front row center, as Tallulah sang along to every word and Rumer snapped photos.
The electric dynamic between the two was pretty evident. Between songs, the duo mentioned growing up together in Idaho and writing songs on Gus' stoop. During Gus' solos, Scout was his biggest fan, even cheering him on onstage with a beer in hand.
At one point, Scout dedicated an emotion-packed song to her sisters, addressing each sister in each verse, and even mentioning mother Demi. The song ended with a lot of emotion for the singer.
The set ended with Scout pushing over the mic stand and jumping into the crowd to be with her friends and family, including dad Bruce Willis who was off to the side.
The intimate performance felt like a garage jam with friends… friends who make really great music. Last night's upbeat vibe is just what you want at a show with mostly downbeat tunes, lively with some touching moments. Though it was Scout's voice that stole the show.
Gus + Scout will perform at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY on August 30.
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