Concert Review: The Lumineers Bring Folk Rock to Minneapolis

Updated: 02/18/2014 9:57 AM By: Sarina Long

Over 8,000 fans came out for a folk rock filled night at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis on Friday.

It was neat seeing the Denver-based band members (Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, Neyla Pekarek, Stelth Ulvang and Ben Wahamaki), huddled up in the hallway leading up towards the stage. They seemed calm, relaxed, some even did a little jig on the way out.

"Last time we were in Minneapolis, we were at the 7th Street Entry. We said, if we ever make it to that big building, we'll know we made it. Well, here we are!" said lead singer Wesley Schultz.

The Lumineers played 75 minutes of simple and fun folk rock, making sure the crowd paid full attention to the show. In fact, before playing the band's hit "Ho Hey," Schultz told fans, "Put your cell phones down and just be in the moment."

The Lumineers opened their set with "Submarines," the first of many songs from the  band's self-titled debut album that made up the majority of the show.

It was surprising to hear the big hit "Ho Hey," only fourth in the 16-song show.

The Lumineers ventured off the stage through the crowd and played two songs on a small platform in the middle of the packed general admission floor.  They played "Darlene" and "Gun Song" and fans clearly didn't care about Schultz's message about putting the cell phones down that time.

The biggest highlights of the night were when Schultz attempted a cover of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." The other crowd pleaser was the beautiful duet between Schultz and cellist, Neyla Pekarek.

After the show, there seemed to be mixed reactions from fans.

"The cello was moving," said Sarah Houle. "This was my first time seeing The Lumineers and it felt like a little country in the heart of the city."

"This is my third time seeing them. I saw them at Red Rock last summer, the Basilica Block Party, and now here at Target Center," said Jackie Thelen. "They're amazing, but they need to be outside."

"I would love to see them again outdoors. My favorite songs are Lovely Girls and Flower in Your Hair," said Kelly Dahlheimer.

Opening acts included The Cold War Kids and J Roddy Walston & The Business.