Most people know that I’m a huge Mumford & Sons fan. I saw them play in 2010 at Webster Hall in NYC before they became really popular in the States. My English roommate at the time took me to see “this UK band that’s famous over there… trust me, you’ll like it.” At that point, I’d never gone to a concert without knowing the artist or band beforehand, but I usually trusted her, so I went. That concert changed my life. It opened my eyes to so many things I knew were true about myself, but had forgotten – it made me remember how much I love live music, it made me realize how much music effects my emotions, and it gave me a new found love for folk/rock music.
Fast forward 3 years, a new album, multiple GRAMMY awards and several nominations later, and I’m in the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn watching my favorite band once again. It was my third time seeing the foursome (I was in the audience for their Saturday Night Live appearance) and I was so excited! Getting tickets to this show was one of the hardest things I’ve done, ticket master sold out in minutes, and StubHub was outrageously expensive at first, but we figured it out and had excellent seats across from the stage. The band played an equally weighted set list of songs off their first and second albums. As a matter of fact, I think they played almost all their songs off their albums. It was a dream. What impressed me most about both the band, and the venue, is that the concert felt small and intimate – even in an arena setting. I was worried that it was going to be too commercial compared to my prior live experiences with Mumford & Sons, but I was dead wrong. Even though I was a few hundred feet from the band, I could still feel what was happening onstage. And for me, that’s what separates Mumford & Sons from all the other bands. It’s something that can only be described as musical schizophrenia – Marcus Mumford doing four musical things at once – tapping the kick drum with one foot, the tambourine with the other, while playing the guitar and singing; while the rest of the band fervently plays the keyboard, sting bass, banjo, guitar, drums (to name just a few) alongside him. As with almost all M&S songs, when the music hits its crescendo and the Gentlemen of the Road bare down on their instruments and play with such passion, it makes me (and all the other ladies and probably some men too) wish I was the instrument that inspired such hunger. Sigh.
Clearly I love this band. (It’s almost embarrassing, but not as much as my CV collaborator loves some of her bands.) And this concert made me love Barclays Center too.
Here’s a StubHub tip – if you have the time, patience and guts, watch tickets go on sale the day of a concert. The price drops down the closer you get to show time. What started as a $300 ticket in the morning, ended up costing about $90 two hours before the concert.