Forest Hills Stadium which is primarily used to host tennis events, was filled with music fans from all five boroughs of New York City. The city which never sleeps had come to hear The Lumineers, an indie/alternative band headline the first ever Summer Open hosted by radio station Alt 92.3. As fans swayed along to every song, hummed along to every lyric they knew throughout the entire headlining set, The Lumineers created a moment that you wish you could bottle up.
The first band I got the pleasure to see was the Welsh indie rock band Catfish and The Bottlemen. Although the crowd for this band was small, the band did a fantastic job of getting fans new and old in the crowd jumping around and the energy flowing from song to song. The bands’ setlist was well constructed for a festival-type of event consisting primarily of energetic songs. The bands’ crowd size was just a bit surprising to me as their sound is quite like The 1975 mixed with Arctic Monkeys which are two bands who have gained massive popularity in America who also originate from England. The bands’ newest release, although short for an album, has been one of my favorite albums and I hope to see them back in New York before 2019 ends.
Sharon Van Etten was the next artist to sing for the growing crowd at Summer Open 2019. The singers’ voice was enchanting reminding me of the angelic voice of singers/songwriters Lana Del Rey and Zella Day. Her psychedelic style is quite similar to theirs. I think the highlight of Sharon Van Etten’s performance was her unique vocals which captivated the crowd throughout her whole set even though her instrumental wasn’t crazy and complicated, it accentuated her spectacular voice.
The Revivalists arrived to a larger crowd growing in anticipation for the headliner of the night – The Lumineers. The Revivalists were the ideal act to have on right before The Lumineers as the bands’ whole persona screams “good time.” To start, the bands setup told me right away that this show was going to be a good one, from three different types of saxophones, two drum sets, an intricate speaker to make whimsical keyboard sounds to the intense keyboard set up the band had. All this gave me an idea of what I might experience from the alternative pop band. From slide guitars to saxophone solos, The Revivalists had, I believe, the best performance of the night by far. The singer engaged with the crowd jumping around and dancing in the photo pit with them to having them sing the melodies of the songs along with them. The Revivalists put on a performance I cannot forget, the band left a lasting impression that was nothing but positive for the whole crowd. I left the show with their performance as the topic of conversation as the band had done an outstanding job all around. I can’t wait to see the success they achieve in the near future.
The final, headlining act, The Lumineers entered the stage to fans waiting since 3:30 to hear the delicate and exquisite voice singer Wesley Schultz. He definitely didn’t lack in delivering the performance that fans were anticipating since the beginning of the night. The Lumineers performance was beyond fantastic. The bands’ musicianship is one that is seriously one of the best I have seen. The music they produce is so breathtaking you must just sit back and take in – every instrument, every chord being played to all the notes being sung. From the violin to the drums to the keyboard to the singing, the band’s sound has been perfected to every point. Wesley’s vocals are something that is so other-worldly and when mixed with the chords of the guitar, everything just blends together so smoothly and effortlessly. The band’s obviously spent time making their performance as amazing as it was Saturday night, I cannot think of a more perfect band to be ending the night than The Lumineers. I cannot wait to hear more of what the band brings to the table with their new music, something we got a preview of at Alt 92.3 Summer Open. You can view more pics from this amazing event in the photo gallery below…
– Sabrina A.