Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at The Cabooze, 6/25/13
Photos by Nicole Oran
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
With The Giving Tree Band
The Cabooze, Minneapolis
June 25, 2013
The crowd at last night's Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros show responded to singers Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos like they were a celebrity couple. No one believes they aren't really in love. Not the people screaming in the front row, not the couples making out in the back, not the security guards. Not even me. It's fair to say many lovers last night heard "their song."
As expected from previous shows, Ebert wasted no time before jumping off the stage and up on the barricades to share his disheveled and charming presence up close with the audience for the first song, "Man on Fire." And the sing-a-long anthems commenced.
The amount of people at the outdoor concert area was almost absurd, as if the Cabooze could have been subject to a fire hazard citation. But a sold-out show tends to be congested, especially with post-storm humidity. Then again, it was a "more the merrier" situation on stage as well, with the extremely accessorized, long-haired bluegrass openers, the Giving Tree Band, made up of seven members.
The well-stocked crew of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros added even more with their sufficiently vast family of instruments. They even invited the openers to join them for a couple tunes at the end of the show, which made the stage look like an unorganized class photo of a hippie football team.
Luckily with the bohemian goodness of Edward Sharpe, no one was opposed to touching each other or rubbing shoulders. It was even politely requested when at the end of "Home," Jade said softly, "Do you guys wanna try hugging the person next to you?"
Maybe it's the Christian references in the band's most recent album Here, but the show really did feel like a church gathering, with everyone being a member of the choir. People sang along with conviction and looked up at Ebert during "I Don't Wanna Pray." Although, yes, it was more like a spring break church gathering, considering there were plentiful bubbles, beach balls and booze.
As Jade continued twirling, swinging around her skirt as if it were an extension of her body, the sun began to set. She followed suit after Ebert and left the stage to join the crowd, offering herself to adoring fans while she sang the soothing melody of "Fiya Wata."
The band was generous. One lucky guy named Kevin got a full-on birthday song when he yelled out to Ebert that it was his day. When Jade asked the crowd, "Who's got a story?" and directed the microphone outward, the tiny voice of a small girl replied, "Last Christmas, I got a puppy." The essence of the show: Love and puppies.
The band played for almost two hours, which was sufficient for the fans. And it had to be. "You're the first city to ever force us to do an encore, " Ebert said, "but we're not going to tonight. We're straight into curfew."
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros didn't even consider themselves an official band when their first record came out in 2009. But it's clear that after sticking together over the years, now finishing their third album set for release in July, their synergy is palpable, and they share it all on stage.
Personal Bias: I'll admit it, when it first came out, "Home" was my song with a guy I was dating.
The Crowd: Definitely a range from the eager teenagers up front, to an older crowd that tended to migrate towards the edges and to the bars. There was one little girl who informed me that she was 5 and 3/4, so it did vary.
Overheard in the Crowd: "More people!" Sarcasm about the 15+ people on stage when the openers joined in.
Man on Fire
40 Day Dream
That's What's Up
I Don't Wanna Pray
Up From Below
Sing a Song
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