The intersection of Lake and State was buzzing even more than usual as anxious crowds gathered for the Mumford & Sons performance Thursday evening. Several people took to the streets in search of tickets to the hottest show in town. If you weren't able to catch the show you still have a chance to see them during their "Gentlemen Of The Road" tour which stops in Dixon, IL this weekend. This was a much anticipated show, the Chicago Theatre was the perfect venue for it as well. Beautiful sound, accompanied by a light display which included bulbs hanging off strings on the ceiling, gave the concert a bit of an outdoor feel. It had a high end restaurant patio ambiance (excuse the blurriness of the picture). The string of lights lit up all corners of the stage and hovered over the head of fans in the first fifteen or so rows.
As I mentioned before the sound was flawless and the crowd had a lot of energy. Fans clapped along and danced in the aisles as Mumford & Sons covered most of their debut album Sigh No More and a few songs from their sophomore album Babel. As a band Mumford & Sons creates a feel good vibe that is oddly enough driven by songs with somewhat depressing lyrics. Very easy to sing along to and get caught up dancing in the aisles, but also get you thinking about those in your life you've loved and lost and loved again (weird right?). Marcus Mumford and company do a fantastic job pumping up the crowd then slowing things down and then revving back up again. The light production perfectly accompanied all of the progressions of build ups and eventual slow downs. "Little Lion Man" had everyone in the sold out Chicago Theatre singing and clapping along, "Awake My Soul" had the band's family and opening band Dawes on stage singing along. Their new track "I Will Wait" was wonderful, overall the band really blew me away and exceeded expectations.
The show closed out with Mumford & Songs and Dawes on stage to perform The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends." A perfect way to end a night that had already featured a variety of singalongs. If you have the means I recommend heading out to Dixon for the weekend to get a little taste of anytown USA and listen to some feel good music that will surely have you dancing in the fields of Illinois.