I am a total sucker for live music. Thus, when I heard that one of my favorite indie bands was coming to Roseland Ballroom, I jumped at the opportunity for a night out with the girls. For those who have never listened to Edward Sharpe, the band has a free spirited, indie-folk vibe, and performs a variety of soulful relaxed ballads, upbeat and fun loving duets, instrumental dance tunes, and everything in-between.
When I walked into the ballroom, I was immediately immersed in folk culture- the merchandise table included rainbow colored tees, woven Mexican print blankets, and tie-dyed tambourines, while the concert goers wore tie-die tee shirts, flowing dresses, and fedoras. Upon entering the ballroom, a surprisingly huge venue, I was immediately drawn to the giant globe descending from the center of the stage that at times would look like the sun, moon, or a hot air balloon depending on the color glowing inside.
Oddly enough, the backdrop was a semi-abstract picture of clouds that perfectly matched my periwinkle bleached and DIY-ripped tee that I spiced up with a peek of my Leopard nouveau glam bra.
Once the band started playing, the crowd swayed in rhythm with the music. The ensemble included a wide range of instruments, from the basic electric guitar, bass, and drum set, to the more unique accordion, tambourine, trumpet, and many more. Instead of having a precise set list prepared, the lead singer Alex Ebert instead fed off of the crowd to choose their next song on the playlist, many times stopping to jump into the crowd to hug random people, or improvising with the different band members.
Spreading messages of “peace” and “one love” throughout the night, the singer closed the set with one last song preformed in a unique way. Hopping into the crowd, Alex walked into the center of the audience and proceeded to command the entire crowd to sit on the floor of the ballroom. Persuaded by a bit of crowd pressure, and the care-free feeling of the night, I abandoned all concerns about the completely unsanitary task that I was asked to do, and plopped down on the floor with my friends to enjoy the last song of the night.
All in all, the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s preformed an amazing show, which left the audience feeling good and appreciating the power of music.
I will always remember my feel-good night, thanks to my Edward Sharpe tie-dyed tambourine, which is now proudly mounted on my wall of memorabilia.