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Concert Wed Aug 08 2012
Compelling. Heartfelt. Timeless. Folk music heaven. Those are just a few of the terms that come to mind when I listen to one of my favorite new albums of the year, self-titled debut from emerging folk group The Lumineers. If you haven't heard their music yet, you sure will soon; their single "Ho Hey" is beginning to take airways by storm, as fans are becoming captivated by their refreshing folk sound.
The story of the group's formation began as two men, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, experienced grief at the loss of a mutual companion, Jeremiah's brother, Josh Fraites. They played music together to wrestle with their pain, and after doing a stint of shows in New York City, they packed up everything they had and took off for Denver. After discovering multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek via a Craigslist ad to join their group, The Lumineers were formed. From playing at a local open mic night at the Meadowlark, to playing through their own self-booked tour, The Lumineers gathered fans from across the country with their charming folk revival style.
I've heard that seeing them live is an energized, singing at the top of your lungs experience, and you can be a part of it, too, when The Lumineers make a tour stop in Chicago for two days in September. On September 20 and 21, The Logan Square Auditorium will welcome The Lumineers at a show curated by 93XRT, the Empty Bottle, and Evanston's SPACE for what is sure to be one amazing night of music. Make sure to get your tickets early, as these two nights will surely be a sold out affair. Get into the groove as you listen to "Ho Hey" below:
Tickets for The Lumineers go on sale Friday, August 10 at 10am for both the Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21 performances at the Logan Square Auditorium via Ticketweb, or by purchase at the SPACE box office in Evanston. The all ages shows begin at 8pm, and tickets range from $15 for general admission, to $50 VIP packages. The Logan Square Auditorium is located at 2539 North Kedzie, (773) 252-6179.