Nashville band Moon Taxi returns to Baton Rouge with its dreamy dance anthems and festival-honed live show.

The band performs Friday at Varsity Theatre, the second of two consecutive nights at the venue. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door. Wilder and Ship of Fools will open the show. 

In Moon Taxi's decade together, the group has performed in prime spots at top festivals around the world. Known for their energetic concerts, the band released a live recording of its annual New Year’s Eve hometown show in Nashville. 

Festival fans themselves, the band has a host of influences that have shaped their live style over the years.

“I’d be willing to say that among the five of us in the band we’ve collectively seen hundreds and hundreds of festival acts,” said drummer Tyler Ritter. “Some of our recent favorites have been Usher and The Roots, Kings of Leon, Anderson Paak, LCD Soundsystem, Sturgill Simpson ... I could go on forever.”

Now, the band is balancing the start of a new tour with the recording of a new album, which will be released later this year.

“We’ve had a fantastic couple of weeks at home with our families since the start of 2017, so we’re just now getting back out on the road,” Ritter said. “We’re hoping to road test a couple of new tunes during these upcoming gigs.”

The band began planning the new record late last year, which will be its fifth full-length release, and is presently in and out of the studio. The new album follows 2015's "Daybreaker," which was produced by Jacquire King, who previously worked with Kings of Leon and Dawes. 

“We’re currently writing and recording,” Ritter said. “We are absolutely stoked to get it out to the people.”

Ritter said the band invests equally in their creativity in the studio and delivery during live performance.

“Each avenue has its strengths,” Ritter said. “We’re focused primarily on writing the best music we can possibly create, and as long as that notion translates from studio to stage that’s all that matters.”


MOON TAXI/WILDER/SHIP OF FOOLS

WHEN: Friday. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. 

WHERE: Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge 

COST: $25 at the door 

INFO: varsitytheatre.com