Last Night: The Lumineers at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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Photos by Jim Bricker
The Lumineers
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
April 24, 2013

Not even a year has passed since The Lumineers last brought their brand of folk-based pop to the streets of Houston, so a one-off headlining gig at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion found the trio here again sooner than usual. This time, though, they were toting a whole lot more experience, with a pair of Grammy nods under their collective belts, sold-out headlining gigs throughout the country, and reaching platinum status on their eponymous debut record.

While I can't really say there was much diversity in the swelling crowd Wednesday night in the Woodlands, one thing I can say is that they were all definitely there to hear that one song, from that TV show. You know, the one where they say ho and hey a lot.

Driving to the Woodlands to catch a show is usually reserved for bands that have already made it in the music industry: Tom Petty, the Beach Boys, Arcade Fire, Radiohead. This is definitely my first time seeing a band at the Pavilion that was playing to a three-quarter-filled house at Fitzgerald's a year ago, or coffeehouses a year before that. Pretty impressive if you ask me.

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Save for a handful of new songs, the band -- front man Wesley Shultz, longtime collaborator Jeremiah Fraites, cellist/vocalist Neyla Pekarek and two other supporting musicians -- played every song from The Lumineers and a pair of covers in Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)." The show started with the rollicking "Submarines," which was almost inaudible at first as it was drowned out by the screams of the lucky couple dozen or so young ladies who had claimed the front row of the pit.

After a brief run-through of a new tune, and what seemed like only a snippet of "Flowers In Your Hair," the moment everyone pulled out their pocketbooks to be a part of finally arrived. A pretty standard version of "Ho Hey" made the crowd excited throughout, even though it seemed somewhat like the band was going through the motions. I've always wondered when the exact moment a band gets sick of playing their hit song. Like Metallica, for example. When was the last time they enjoyed performing "Enter Sandman?" I bet Lars never has.

A bit of a lull set over the crowd afterward, with the level of chatter increasing exponentially. During the Dylan cover, when the band seemed to be having the most fun they had all set, smart conversations abounded, such as "I really don't loooove this song, but I guess it's OK. I wish they'd play 'Ho Hey' again" or "Where are we going to go to take shots after this, bro?"

As you can imagine, I scooted down the row away from said scholars with the sad thought in my head that 92 percent of the audience would've never known they were playing a Dylan tune if they hadn't just said it. I also believe about 50 percent of those people don't even know who Bob Dylan is. That's the world we live in.


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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music


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22 comments
Ian T. Komouss
Ian T. Komouss

The only thing that matters is that they will remain popular in Colorado. They will always have a home, and they will always have fans. They have succeeded.

George Kovacik
George Kovacik

Unfortunately, no. No one stays on top for long in the iTunes age.

Christine Her-Era
Christine Her-Era

As much as I would love them to, I hope they come back to a smaller venue so I can be closer to them. lol I love me some intimate shows/venues. :3

Jake Rawls
Jake Rawls

Whoever said Arcade Fire is an overnight success is an idiot. Lest we forget they played at the old Mary Jane's and countless dives like it for the better part of a decade before they got national airplay.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

Perfect description of Lumineers' audience: "92 percent of the audience would've never known they were playing a Dylan tune if they hadn't just said it. I also believe about 50 percent of those people don't even know who Bob Dylan is. That's the world we live in." Like George Jones said, "Things have gone to pieces."

Jon Harvey
Jon Harvey

I'm too hungover from King Khan & BBQ last night to care.

Stephen Frei
Stephen Frei

zero......in ten years noone will remember them

Mont Hoyt
Mont Hoyt

Live Nation owes the woodlands a certain # of shows each year so they send some club/theater acts up there and block off the lawn hoping to sell the lower bowl of the shed out. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesnt?

Eric Torres
Eric Torres

Whoever wrote this is an idoit. Arcade fire went to playing the woodlands practically over night but u considered them season vets at the time they did for some reason, and have the nerve to compare them to radiohead. It's obvious u aren't even a fan of the lumminers , so y the hell should u be writing a review of their show?? Houston press is weird, u hate on the lumineers but u review buzzfest 30 and u suck the dick of the worst band around , shinedown, saying how awesome they were. Houston press need new writers.

Mont Hoyt
Mont Hoyt

one hit wonder..... they suck-

Patrick Stevens
Patrick Stevens

Most of these bands would have benefited more by remaining just shy of the limelight. They had a following before the popularity, and they will after this phase has passed. Bands like The Decemberists have large followings, but have managed to maintain their following without having heavy airplay. Every so often there are shifts in music and this is just one of them where a handful of bands shine the spotlight on music that normally wouldn't have gotten so much notice.

Jim Porter
Jim Porter

Infinite. There will always be people love to pump their fists and shout "hey."

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Eric Torres Come how yes you not write good houston press for?

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