Live Review: The Lumineers – Forest Hills Stadium, NY

Last month, The Lumineers played an energetic hour long set as part of the inaugural, ALT 92.3 FM Summer Open 2 night run concert series, at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York. In support of the main event, Mat Meson, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Sharon Van Etten and the Revivalists warmed up the crowd to set the attitude for the night.

The band entered the stage one by one and then as the first chords of Sleep On The Floor were strummed, frontman Wesley Schultz walked on in rock star fashion. The energetic bridge on this song was a highlight of the night and proved this song to be a perfect opener. Next they performed an upbeat and catchy rendition of Cleopatra. This song kept its driving momentum from a consistent and bold drumbeat.

A new song, Life In The City, was then previewed, prior to its release on The Lumineers’ III this September. One interesting note on this song is that they reuse the same phrase from Sleep On The Floor – “if the subways flood and bridges break.” This is the first time I’ve ever noticed a band reusing the same lyrics from an old song on a new song and I think it still makes them a strong musical act.

After, they performed another hit single, Submarines, from the debut album. The pureness in Wesley’s voice is an extra special characteristic of this song and it drives the momentum of the entire delivery. Leader Of The Landslide was next which is another song from the upcoming Lumineers’ III and is about one of their friends who was battling addiction, been in jail, went to rehab and is now homeless.

After an upbeat and energetic rendition of Flowers In Your Hair, they continued to play the first album and delivered a rocking version of the fan favorite Ho Hey. This radio hit surely got the crowd off their feet and jumping up and down. Next they played the exciting and riveting Ophelia, the first single from the last album Cleopatra.

When the single Gloria, taken from the upcoming album, dropped back in April it was the most infectious single release I’ve ever experienced in my life. I couldn’t bring myself to listen to any other song for a few days. Hearing this song live was an incredible experience and I’ll never forget it. Next they played Big Parade from the first album and a new song followed with Jeremiah making his live guitar debut. The band closed with Donna, Angela and Stubborn Love, with each song leaving the audience wanting more and excited to keep dancing and singing along.

The Lumineers truly remain one of the most exciting live acts to see today.

Scott J. Herman