The Lumineers @ Terminal 5 02/01/2013

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Hands down, the most engaging concert I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. The Lumineers were everything you would ever want in a live performance. Sure, I’m writing this review rather late after the show but it doesn’t matter because it was the kind of performance that despite how many weeks after, trying to remember the night will come as easily as trying to recall one’s birthday. We all have those memories, the ones that will forever remain vivid and clear, no matter how long ago they occurred or how much you try to forget that they happened. Those memories will stay with you forever and this concert will stay with me forever, but it will be a memory I won’t try to forget.

When the Lumineers play their music, a calm passes over the crowd instantly, commanding full attention to the oncoming set. The sound that comes from this band is so pure and gentle and yet it has an almost controlling, demanding demeanor. There’s never a dull moment when the Lumineers play because each note and lyric is done to perfection. Along with their stellar live set, this band is able to engage the audience in a way that isn’t forceful. You want to participate. Dividing the crowd in half, the Lumineers assigned each half to either the “ho” or “hey,” as famously heard in their popular single, “Ho Hey.” With this division, vocalist Wesley Schultz, sang acoustically without any help from microphones but rather help from the crowd. This created a more intimate, cozy feeling between the band and the audience. It was as if we had participated in a sacred act with the Lumineers, something that couldn’t be shared with the outside world. It was our little secret, something to hold with us forever.

With Neyla Pekarek dancing around with glee, Jeremiah Fraites bouncing from end to end of the stage, and Stelth Ulvang clapping while standing on top of pianos, you couldn’t help but get dizzy from trying to keep up with the commotion going on all over the stage. So much was always happening. It was a show in which the viewer had to be an active participant. Because if you weren’t, you would miss out on so much. And with the kind of show that the Lumineers are capable of putting on, missing even a second of their performance is unfathomable. All in all, the Lumineers put on a great show. If you have the chance, definitely catch this band while they’re on tour.

“Would you write, would you call back baby if I wrote you a song, I been gone but you’re still my lady and I need you at home”

Tour Dates:
04/19/13 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
04/24/13 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
04/26/13 – Austin, TX @ Tower Amphitheater At Circuit Of The Americas
04/30/13 – Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Convention Centre
05/01/13 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
05/02/13 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
05/03/13 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
05/04/13 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion At Riverbend
05/05/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park
05/27/13 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
06/08/13 – Hunter, NY @ Hunter Mountain
06/09/13 – New York, NY @ Randall’s Island
07/25/13 – Floyd, VA @ Blue Cow Pavilion
07/26/13 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/27/13 – Camden, NJ @ Wiggins Park

The Lumineers is Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, Neyla Pekarek, Stelth Ulvang, Ben Wahamaki.


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