April 4, 2016
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Nolan Smith
Photos by Nolan Smith
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons Deliver High Energy Show @ Gexa
British rock band Mumford & Sons delivered a well-planned, well thought out, and well executed show on a packed house on Monday night at the season opening show at Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Considering they were competing with the NCAA Championship game and Opening Day of the local Texas Rangers there was not an empty seat in the house. Touring with their latest album Wilder Mind the band is selling out pretty much everywhere they play.
After seeing them for the first time it was clear why everyone turned out to experience the show. The band played all the hit songs that every fan wanted to hear, however also played a large amount of songs that were loved by their faithful followers that were well played and well received. All the while Marcus Mumford's voice is just as good as it is on the CD and the rest of the band was equally good. Instruments included 2 sets of drums, upright bass, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, trombone, trumpet, accordion, violin and banjos.
The set list included "Little Lion Man" which was played as the 2nd song of the night. The crowd was ready to burst at the seams. From front row to the back of the lawn the crowd stood on its feet nearly the entire show. Jumping and dancing throughout the night's performance. During "Broad-Shouldered Beasts" lead singer Marcus Mumford's microphone cut out and the engaged Dallas crowd took over the vocals with pleasure. Other songs included "Broken Crown," "Ghosts That We Knew," "Cold Arms," "Awake My Soul" and "The Cave."
Two special moments in the night were when Marcus ran down from the stage up through the 3 sections of the seated area, across the walkways up into the lawn and then across the lawn and back up to the stage to "Ditmas." I cannot recall another time I've heard a crowd get so loud from the appreciation of an artist doing something far beyond the norm. I've seen many artists step down from the stage, but have never heard of anyone going out into the lawn. What an experience indeed. The next moment that was the peak of the night was during "Dust Bowl Dance," which ended in an awesome pyrotechnics show behind the band putting a punctuation mark on the night and the performance as a whole.
The band played for an hour and twenty five minute set, and then played another 20 min encore which the band played one of their great covers they frequently close with, Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire." They went unplugged and gathered in front of a solitary microphone in the center of the stage and played to crowd in the dark. It was a great sing-along to end the night with. It is even better live then you might think. The band closed with "Reminder." If Mumford & Sons are headed to your town, do yourself a favor and enjoy an evening with the lads from across the pond.