The Lumineers at the Ogden Theatre, 12/30/12 (photos, review) - Reverb

The Lumineers at the Ogden Theatre, 12/30/12 (photos, review)

The folk rock revival is alive and well thanks to the globalization of Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers and now, our local kids, the Lumineers. The triple bill of Shovels and Rope, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Lumineers at the Ogden Theatre on Sunday evening promised a later than usual start for the headliners, but not one moment was wasted on the victory lap.

Shovels and Rope corralled the crowd’s attention early, as Colorado native, Michael Trent (half of duo Shovels and Rope), treated the evening as a homecoming. The festive collegiate atmosphere was won over by the not-so innocent Southern charm of counterpart Cary Ann Hearst on rolllicking takes of “Hail Hail” and title track “O’ Be Joyful.” The talented duo switched instruments throughout the evening in what appeared to be a game of “hot potato” allowing for both to flex their “sloppy tonk” muscles.

Nathaniel Rateliff is no stranger to the Ogden Theatre stage and he used it to the best of his ability. The mustachioed troubador’s set displayed a fundamental understanding of the Colfax haunt’s “nooks and crannies” by delivering a crisp set that included new material off of what fans hope to be a new album in 2013. Rateliff appeared to be in a playful mood, exchanging witty banter with the energetic crowd whilst delivering poignant takes on “Shroud” and the ever-so-gripping, “Boil and Fight.”

It’s been a magical 2012 for the Lumineers. The road warriors have logged enough road dates that all band members should have enough frequent flyer miles to get them and their respective family members to Fiji and back comfortably. The folk/pop group’s bravado radiated from the first moments of walking on stage to the Fleetwood Mac classic, “the Chain.” Core members, Neyla Pekarek (cello), Jeremiah Fraites (mandolin) and Wesley Schultz (guitar) graced the inviting stage, donned their string instruments and opened up with “Charlie Boy.”

The trio has grasped a lifetime’s worth of craftsmanship and grown up before our eyes in the last year. As expected, “Classy Girls,” got the presumably “classy girls” in the crowd in a tizzy, inciting a massive singalong. We were all waiting for “Ho Hey” to drop and we knew something unconventional had to happen. Schultz hit the second floor rafters strapped with his guitar and massive drum to lead the crowd in Pied Piper fashion with an anemic singalong of “Ho Hey.” The crowd could have and should have done a little better, but the good news is that Sunday night was a dress rehearsal for Monday night’s New Year’s Eve festivities. The Lumineers payed homage to one of their obvious influences with an ambitious nod to Bob Dylan in a cover of “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” All that was missing was the cue cards. In case you missed it, Reverb has exclusive recordings with the Lumineers that you can download over here.

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Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.

Lisa Higginbotham is a Denver photographer and a regular contributor to Reverb.