Thursday, June 16, 2011

Off Topic: Mumford & Sons

I know this is a book blog... but I just have to share my amazing night with you all. If you follow me on Twitter you probably saw some of these pictures already along with my gushing tweets :). 

Last night my husband and I went to see the Mumford & Sons in concert at The Fillmore in Denver. It was freaking amazing. Ah-MAZING! Matthew and the Atlas and Nathaniel Rateliff opened for them and they were great as well! I will be stalking them today and picking up some of their EPs :). All these bands are categorized as folk or bluegrass but some of their songs I think could fall under rock. 

I'm a lover of music in general... I listen to pretty much everything except maybe some hardcore heavy metal and rap... and I love LOVE Mumford & Sons. It's been years since a band has made me feel this way. Seeing them live was just incredible. There is something riveting and catching about their voices in harmony with all the different instruments. Let's see they have guitars (acoustic and electric), banjos, cello, violin, piano (keyboard and acoustic upright), drums, piano accordion, and probably more that I'm forgetting. The band members all play multiple instruments and it was fun seeing them rotate through them. 

Here are some pictures... sorry for the quality, they were taken with my iPhone.

The show was fantastic. This was a high energy clap/stomp/sing along show. They played a lot of new songs, one that was written 2 or 3 days ago! Usually that bothers me as I want to hear the songs I know, but I don't think anyone in the audience minded, the new songs are awesome. During the encore they did an all acoustic version of Sister (a new song). For it to work in the venue the audience had to be quiet. It was silent except for their voices and acoustic instruments (until toward the end when people couldn't help themselves). Even though they played 3-5 new songs they played all their well known ones - Little Lion Man, Thistle and Weeds, Awake My Soul (I about died), The Cave, and more!

We paid more than double the price for our tickets... and they were worth every penny! Never mind that we stood in line in the sun for over an hour before the doors opened. Never mind that we claimed spots about 10-15 feet from the stage and didn't move the rest of the night, so we didn't eat dinner and were thirsty (but thankfully that meant we didn't have to go to the bathroom!). I was NOT moving. 

My hands were red and hurt from clapping, my feet sore from stomping, my voice hoarse, and I didn't want it to end! I can't wait to see them live again!

Their final song was The Cave, here's the video for you :).
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