photos and review by Matthew Thompson
At one of the last concerts of the summer series, The Lumineers performed to a second sold out show at Marymoor Park, Saturday evening.
Opening the show was fellow Denverite Nathaniel Rateliff, who played passionately as the crowd slowly set up their lawn chairs surrounding the general standing area. Following him as the second act was Dr. Dog, the Philadelphia based band that has been supporting The Lumineers while on tour. Watching them under the fading light on this, the last official day of summer was exceptional. With dusk setting in it was hard to believe this band that sounded like they were the main event were the supporting act. The audience moved in rhythm with the band as they tore through new songs from the previously released album;“ Be the Void.” The group started with “These Days,” a high tempo anthem lamenting the aspect of people living outside of the moment. The group played effortlessly, tight-knit and admittedly energized the audience. Covering the Architecture In Helsinki song “Heart it Races” roused the crowd even more. This is truly one of the songs the band owns any time they play it. They closed out with “Do the Trick,” while the crowd sang along, filling the void for “the need of a better half”.
The Lumineers took the stage next, opening with “Submarine.” The crowd surged forward, pressing against the barriers separating them by just a few feet. By the fourth song, front man Wesley Schultz dedicated the popular “Ho Hey” to KEXP’s John Richards emphasizing with out him and the station’s support, they would not be there entertaining the sold out crowd, then arched his head to the sky as the crowd sang along in unison to the chorus. The Lumineers followed up with “Classy Girl” slowing down the tempo just briefly before offering their own rendition of the classic Bob Dylan song “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” While moving into “Dead Sea”, Schulz offered up his trademark fedora, gesturing to the crowd gratefully.
Schultz then changed direction by asking the crowd for a moment while they presented the new song, “Darlene.” He hopped offstage, climbed over the barriers and walked amongst the crowd performing while the remaining members supported as accompaniment from the stage. Making his way back to the stage, he requested the crowd all sit down for the next song while Neyla Pekarek contributing on vocals. The sold out crowd half-heartedly took note, continuing to be too transfixed to lose any of the momentum already generated. The Lumineers moved smoothly through most of their hits including “Stubborn Love,” Flapper Girl,” and “Morning Song.” For the encore, under the waning late summer moon peaking through the surrounding trees, the band played one new song, slated to be released on their next album and ended the show with “Big Parade.” The crowd stuck by while the band waved from the stage, graciously thanking them once again while tossing guitar picks and drumsticks as keepsakes, creating a lasting impression of a band that exudes professionalism and creates intimacy with their dedicated fans as an unwavering foundation.