Mumford & Sons are known for energetic live performances packed with spontaneity, varying setlists, and impressive musical ability. The band has stated many times that live gigs are by far their favorite part of the music experience, and that they strive for a lively, inclusive atmosphere. First Avenue was packed beyond capacity for the bands show last Friday night. By looking around at the crowd you quickly realized that everyone felt the same way; like we just won the lottery.
The show turned out to be absolutely amazing. They played with lots of energy and sounded spot-on. They did have a few hiccup's through out the set though. In the middle of their new song "Lover of Light" they lost power on the stage so they played "Wagon Wheel" completely unplugged. It was nice to see them roll with the punches and keep playing while the crew fixed the problem, but the acoustic version was completely drowned out by the crowd. The first two rows loved it, no one else heard it. My friend I was at the show with looked over at me while this was happening and said he felt like he was on the outside of an inside joke. In the encore King Charles and Cadillac Sky joined them where they played a King Charles tune. They also played this unplugged, again. Why acoustic? Uugh. They made up for the quiet acoustic encore opener when they plugged in again and revisited "Lover of the Light" since they hadn't completed it earlier due to the power outage. They also ended the show with a big version of "The Cave", which happens to be one of my favorite songs!
Even though there were a few growing pains during this young bands set, it was easily one of the best shows I've ever been to at First Avenue (if you know me, you know that's a lot of shows).
89.3 The Current is streaming the show here.