The last time The Lumineers played Stage AE (August 2012), they had opening duties for Old Crow Medicine. A lot of has changed in a year, not only with the Lumineers but with the nature of pop radio.
The little acoustic tune “Ho Hey” got the band on Top 40 radio with Ke$ha, Bruno Mars, et al, up to No. 3 on the charts and two Grammy nominations.
Apparently, when you get on Top 40, people are surprised when you show up for a gig and can actually play. Singer Wesley Schultz told AP this week, “I can tell you that when we play live and when we sometimes go out in the audience, the reaction to just playing your instruments without any help, without any amplification or tricks, that surprises people in kind of a funny way because you’d think that most people would assume you could play your instruments and how it would sound. But they’re caught off guard, I think. People are used to things that are overproduced or slick or glossy, and this isn’t any of that.”
The Lumineers tonight at Stage AE is sold out, so a ticket is going to require some negotiation with the scalping crew outside.
A couple other concert notes:
* The Breeders are heading out on a tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Last Splash,” the 1993 album that brought you “Cannonball.” The second show on that tour is going to be at Mr. Smalls on May 3. Tickets are going on sale Friday here
* It’s been a while since we’ve seen the smart Monkee. Mike Nesmith, who gave up his folk-rock career in 1965 to join the Pre-Fab Four, will make a rare Pittsburgh appearance at Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall on April 9 ($25-$45 at LibraryMusicHall.com).
* Mumford & Sons don’t have any shows scheduled for Pittsburgh, but you can catch them this summer about four hours away. The British folk-rock stars will headline the 2013 Mumford & Sons Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover in Troy, Ohio (north of Dayton).
The lineup is
Aug 30 - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Aug 31 - Mumford & Sons
With guests to join over the weekend: Old Crow Medicine Show, The Vaccines, Half Moon Run, Those Darlins, Willy Mason, Bear’s Den, plus more
Tickets and camping will be available this Friday at 11:00 AM exclusively at GentlemenOfTheRoad.com.