Win tickets to the Lumineers
Enter to win a pair of tickets to see the Lumineers on December 3 at the Vogue Theatre
Twenty years ago, Wesley Schultz saw the future. Back then, growing up in Ramsey, New Jersey, Schultz spent his days drawing side by side with his best friend, Josh Fraites. Today, as bandleader of the Lumineers, Schultz's replaced his pencil with a guitar, his drawings with songs, and plays side by side with Josh's younger brother Jeremiah. He still practices a lot, and it still turns out good. But the Lumineers' story didn't come so easily.
In 2002, Jeremiah's brother, Josh, died from a drug overdose at 19. Amidst the loss and grief, Schultz and Jeremiah found solace in music, writing songs and playing gigs around New York. After battling the city's cutthroat music scene and impossibly high cost of living, the two decided to expand their horizons. They packed everything they owned and headed for Denver, Colorado.
In Denver, they met Neyla Pekarek, a classically trained cello player. As a trio, they began playing at the Meadowlark, a gritty basement club where the city's most talented songwriters gathered every Tuesday. And so the Lumineers sound took shape: an amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk.
In 2011, an eponymous, self-recorded EP led to a self-booked tour, and before long the Lumineers started attracting fans. Young, old and in-between, they're drawn by songs like "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love", Americana-inflected barnburners in the vein of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. They're drawn by songs like "Slow it Down" and "Dead Sea", slow, sultry ballads that suggest the raw revelations of Jeff Buckley and Ryan Adams. They're drawn by the live Lumineers experience—a coming-together in musical solidarity against isolation, adversity, and despair.
The roots revival of the last few years has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music—the kind that nods to tradition while setting off into uncharted territory. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics.
Born out of sorrow, powered by passion, ripened by hard work, the Lumineers have found their sound when the world needs it most.
- A pair of tickets to the concert on December 3 at the Vogue Theatre
Contest Deadline: November 15, 2012 Event Date: December 3, 2012