The Lumineers at House of Blues

It had only been about six months since the Denver-based folk-rock band, The Lumineers had played the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street. But there was a big difference between the two shows and it wasn’t the drop in temperature. They were headlining. Their self-titled debut record was released in April of this last year and has been taking the nation by storm ever since—even earning them two Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album.

The band, comprised of guitarist Wesley Schultz, percussionist Jeremiah Fraites, and cellist Neyla Pekarek at its core and pianist Stelth Ulvang and bassist Ben Wahamaki who join for tours , came out to a sold-out all-ages house of 2, 425. The stage was aptly adorned with lamps and lanterns and the electricity buzzed through the audience who had been waiting anxiously for this brand new band. Schultz gratefully thanked the audience for coming out on a cold Monday night and that set the tone for the evening. The Lumineers were just grateful, thanking the audience for coming to see them, thanking the audience for their Grammy Nominations, thanking the audience for their support of the album.

They asked the audience for a bit more support while they played their smash hit “Ho Hey” acoustic. They asked that the right half of the audience say “ho” and the left side of the audience say “hey” and the entire House of Blues serenaded The Lumineers with their own song.

They played almost every track off of their record including, “Submarines”, “Flowers In Your Hair”, and “Charlie’s Boy” as well as a few not featured on the album such as “I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem But My Own” and a new track, “Drama Queen”. Schultz also hinted that they were working on a second album to follow-up their debut.

Openers, Y La Bamba joined the band on stage for a family-style rendition of “Stubborn Love”. They all wrapped their arms around each other and danced while performing the song, after which Y La Bamba exited the stage and The Lumineers played a plugged-in rendition of “Ho Hey”.

The encore consisted of another new song entitled, “All the Pretty Days”, and “Big Parade” before finishing with a cover of The Talking Heads, “This Must Be The Place”. As the sweaty smiling crowd exited the theater we were all crossing our fingers for two things: two Grammys.

By Kendall Stewart

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