The night was stark and cool, the all-ages crowd seemed to be in their own world as they waited for the Lumineers to make their debut at the Greek Theatre. Friday, Sept. 27 was the first of two sold out concerts there.
Expectations were high for the band.
“I’m uber excited to be here. I actually just got into them. It all started with ‘Ho Hey.’ Once I listened to that song, it was downhill from there,” said Veronika Perez.
As the Greek Theatre dimmed the lights, the crowd was hyped, knowing The Lumineers would soon take the stage. When they finally appeared onstage, the crowd exploded with cheers and applause as the band started the concert with “Submarines.”
The Lumineers hail from Denver, Colo. The band’s unique folk rock sound could not be complete without Wesley Schultz (vocals and guitar), Jeremiah Fraites (drums), and Neyla Pekarek (cello) and newer members Stelth Ulvang (guitar) and Ben Wahamaki (bass).
The Lumineers’ performance was outstanding as the vocals of Schultz blended exceptionally well with the instrumental talent of the rest of the band. The band played every song off of their self-titled debut album with a few cover songs and a couple new songs Schultz said they had just recently written.
The night consisted of Schultz having the crowd help sing their first single, “Ho Hey,” and some solo pieces with Pekarek and Fraites.
In between songs, Schultz acknowledged that they were not used to playing in big venues and wanted to be more intimate with the crowd. The Lumineers exited the stage and picked a spot in the theatre among the crowd to perform a couple of songs. Many in the crowd lit their lighters as Schultz sang the more mellow song “Slow It Down.” It gave a recollection of a smoky lounge and waiting for a drink to arrive while listening to a raw acoustic performance.
“You don’t see that in concerts. I’ve been to my share of concerts this summer and I did not see that at any other concert,” said Perez.
The band thanked the crowd for their support and for coming out. They walked off the stage but the crowd knew better. Within a few minutes, Schultz came back onto the stage with his guitar for an encore of “Morning Song.” The rest of the band joined Schultz mid-encore. The Lumineers performed two more songs, finishing off with the crowd claping along to the beat of “Big Parade.”
At the end of the night, The Lumineers did not disappoint their fans.
“I enjoyed it. They were phenomenal. I was on my toes the whole time. It was a blast,” said Tim Lopez, who came to the show on a whim.
The night was bittersweet for the crowd because many wished the night did not come to an end.
“It was really good! That sounds so bland but it was amazing. I enjoyed his [Schultz’s] vibe. He seemed very humble and gracious,” said Perez.
Judging by how much these fans enjoyed their night, The Lumineers will continue taking their music to bigger and bigger arenas.