The rain Saturday night did not deter music fans from packing The Bluebird Theater, nor did it hinder the excitement inside, as The Lumineers made it home, to play their second sold-out show there in two nights. They have been in a whirlwind the last couple months, for they signed with Dualtone Records, released their self-titled album on April 3 (it has been racing up the charts), made their national television debut on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, last week played on the Conan O’Brien show, are set to play Red Rocks on July 28th, will play festivals and shows throughout the US this summer, and just announced a European tour in October and November with The Civil Wars. After all the craziness, it had to be nice for them to play for their hometown crowd, and it was quite evident that the crowd loved having them back in town.
The night began with a great set from the Chicago, Illinois, trio, Bailiff, who kicked it all off right, and energized the crowd. Joe Pug, one of the best singer/songwriters around, then took the stage, and played a variety of songs off all of his albums and EP’s. I’ve been fortunate, as I’ve listened to Pug from his first EP, Nation of Heat, and was lucky again, for he played many classics off that EP, including a dedication to Levon Helm, when he played Hymn #101. I was also impressed by songs off his latest album, The Great Despiser, which was released on April 24, 2012. The last track on the album, “Deep Dark Wells,” has played on repeat all day, and has a unique story, as it was written by Texas artist, Harvey Thomas Young, on a postcard that was set by him to his brother in prison. It was called, “Start Again,” but Pug came across it, has played it live for awhile, did so did last night, and renamed it as, “Deep Dark Wells.” Pug is a true troubadour, and an incredible songwriter, and definitively will be one to continue to follow as he continue down his musical journey.
The night ended with an amazing set from Denver’s own, The Lumineers, who played many songs off their self-titled album, and had the entire crowd singing along with them while playing, “Flowers In Your Hair,” “Ho Hey,” and “Stubborn Love.” They also did a cool rendition of Bob Dylan’s, “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and also, like Pug, did a tribute to Levon Helm by playing his song, “The Weight.” The energy of the set was electrifying, and one of the best I’ve seen thus far in 2012.
Lead singer and guitarist, Wesley Schultz, brought to life storied lyrics with his vocals, and does so in a manner that moved the entire audience. Percussionist and yeller, Jeremiah Fraities, kept the beat, as only he knows how, and has mastered one of their signature sounds, the stomp, with the use of his trusty, kick drum. It also should be noted that he had a fan in the front row, wearing exact matching attire, with the black boots, black pants, white t-shirt, and black suspenders. Multi-instrumentalist, Neyla Pekarek, concentrated on the cello at the Bluebird on this night, and has a beautiful accompanying voice, that really adds an amazing level of sweetness and softness to the folk/rock/clap/stomp/acoustic band.
The roots revolution is upon us, with The Lumineers marching, or rather stomping, at the forefront. As I have said before, this is just the beginning of something that is already pretty special, and if they keep playing shows like they did Saturday night at The Bluebird Theater, as I’m sure they will, the revolution will continue to grow and grow, and it should, for their music needs to be heard.
The Lumineers are playing shows and festivals throughout the summer, in places both near and far. Be sure to take a look at their tour dates and check out a show when they head your way. For further updates and other news click on their website, you can buy their music on iTunes, and can follow them on their Facebook Page.
Until the next show, or until the next time you’ll be able to listen to them, here is The Lumineers, with their song, “Ho Hey.” Below the video are pictures from show at The Bluebird Theater (Photos by Nels Thoreson). Enjoy:
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