Rising from their origins in one of my favorite cities in the country, Denver, CO, is a band that captures and captivates a crowd of young, old, and in between.
The Lumineers put out their second full length album ‘Cleopatra’ in April of 2016. Currently touring off the album, Wesley Schultz (singer, guitar, piano), Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion), and Neyla Pekarek (cello, mandolin, piano, vocals), along with the rest of their touring band mates made the stop at the Target Center in Minneapolis. “An amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk…Powered by passion, ripened by hard work, The Lumineers have found their sound when the world needs it most.” As taken from their biography.
This show was very personal for me. The Lumineers are a standard in my life. Somewhat of a rock or a crutch; a go-to, if you will. Having the opportunity to not only witness their live performance for the first time, but to get access to photograph my favorite band was a pleasure and an accomplishment. Watching the live performance of songs that i’ve spent much of my free time learning acoustic covers of was insightful. Take a visual journey with me as I share with you photos from the first three songs of their set.
January 19th, 2017. Artist: The Lumineers Support: Andrew Bird and Margaret Glaspy City: Minneapolis, MN Venue: Target Center Words and photographs by Tanner Morris.
Margaret Glaspy warmed up the room as folks were piling into the venue and empty seats were becoming more difficult to spot. Margaret is a California raised New York living young artist that is currently rockin’ the success of her debut album “Emotions and Math”.
Andrew Bird. Andrew is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area. While recognized from past projects including Squirrel Nut Zipper and Bowl of Fire, Bird is now known primarily as a solo artist. Proficient with instruments such as the violin, guitar, and the glockenspiel, Andrew’s talents are also noted with the familiarity of his whistling. A great act to see for the second time! (I caught him at Trampled By Turtles‘ annual Festival Palomino in Summer 2016 in Minneapolis. You can see photos from that event here! Believe it or not, Margaret Glaspy also played that date, and there’s some photos of her in that album as well).
All photos by Tanner Morris.
Let’s set the scene. The place is packed. Empty seats are very few. There are thousands of Lumineers fans waiting for the set change music to stop and the lights to fade to black, many of them with nine-dollar beers in their hands. The demographic of this show is insane. I see teenagers that know every word. I see elderly couples. And pretty much everything in between. The Lumineers seem to motivate all walks of life.
I caught a shot of these two camera ops preparing themselves for the intro just before The Lumineers hit the stage. And then, the screaming. That old familiar ear-shattering sting. And away we go.