The Lumineers had a very special couple of nights in New York City. As part of their world tour supporting Cleopatra, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the folk rockers sold out Thursday (Feb. 2) and Friday (Feb. 3) at Madison Square Garden.
After opening with “Submarines,” the third track off their self-titled, debut album, lead singer Wesley Schultz explained to the crowd that he and other founding member, Jeremiah Fraites, grew up only 12 miles away from the famed arena. “I saw one of my first concerts here, so tonight is a really special night for us. Thank you for being here,” said Schultz.
All of the band members abandoned their stationary instruments to join Schultz at the front of the stage for their smash “Ho Hey” somewhat surprisingly early in the set, during which the voices of people singing along echoed throughout the Garden beautifully. Following “Ho Hey,” Schultz dedicated the title track “Cleopatra” to the all of the women who participated in the Women’s March on Jan. 21, including his mother and sister.