The Lumineers, hot on the heels of their third album (appropriately titled ‘III’), will bring their world tour to Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday, February 8!
The Denver natives released their eponymous debut album through Nashville’s Dualtone in 2012. The triple-platinum album garnered two GRAMMY nominations and spawned the chart-topping platinum singles, “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love.”
After years of touring the world in support of their debut album, the band released the follow-up, ‘Cleopatra’ on Dualtone, in 2016. The platinum album debuted #1 on both Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart and the UK Albums Chart and featured the gold title track as well as the platinum single, “Ophelia”. The tour in support of ‘Cleopatra’ included two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden and one at the Hollywood Bowl.
The band has also supported two of their musical heroes, including opening up for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on his last tour as well as U2 on their “Joshua Tree Tour” in 2017. The band was also invited as guests to visit the Obama White House twice in 2016.
Fast forward to September 2019, the release of ‘III” of which band co-founder Jeremiah Fraites says, “This collection of songs worked out in a beautiful way, and I feel with this album we’ve really hit our stride.” ‘III’ debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 86,000 album-equivalent units, including 73,000 pure album sales. It is the Lumineers’ third top-two album in the US.
Direct support act Mt. Joy is worth getting to the venue on time for! Think of Mt. Joy as I livelier, BETTER version of one of this preview writer’s favorite bands, The Head and the Heart.
Mt. Joy started off as a rekindling of shared musical ambitions between Philadelphia high school friends Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar). Reunited in Los Angeles thanks to the ebbs and flows of adult life, the pair met multi-instrumentalist Michael Byrnes through a Craigslist ad. They named themselves Mt. Joy as an ode to a mountain in Valley Forge National Park near Sam’s childhood home, and together, with Byrnes’ roommate Caleb Nelson producing, they recorded three songs and sent them out into the world, hoping for the best. “I knew I still wanted to write songs, but the realities of life made that dream seem pretty impossible,” Quinn says.
Much to the band’s amazement, one of those songs, “Astrovan” accomplished the impossible. Without initial promotion or fanfare, the song took off on Spotify, racking up 21 million streams to date. “The irony of ‘Astrovan’ was that song was really about being stuck in a life and wanting to have the opportunity to pursue a dream, and in an instant, it gave us that opportunity. ” Quinn says.
Come 2017, Mt. Joy hit the road, and hit it hard: They played tour dates alongside the likes of The Shins, The Head and The Heart, The Lone Bellow, and Whitney, and popped up at some of the summer’s biggest festivals, including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and Made In America.
Steeped in folk-rock tradition and powered by the intuitive creative connection between Quinn and Cooper, the songs on ‘Mt. Joy’ depict Quinn wrestling with his own conscience, where the mundane and the fantastic collide as he processes tragedy, society, and love.
Taken together, the self-titled ‘Mt. Joy’ LP is a startlingly open document, wracked with the anxieties and fears that come just as life seems to start working out. It’s a natural reaction from a wary band like Mt. Joy – the result of a sort of professional vertigo, as they’ve gone from virtual unknowns to hot young commodity in little over a year.
No stranger to North East Ohio, opening act J.S. Ondara opened for former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham in Canton in 2018 before returning to headline House of Blues in 2019.
The Kenya native has been named an NPR Music Slingshot Artist (a collective effort among tastemaking NPR member stations to introduce exceptional up-and-coming artists). In addition, Rolling Stone Country is featuring Ondara amongst their “Artists You Need To Know.”
Ondara’s standout performances at Xponential Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Edmonton Folk Festival this summer have helped him win over hearts of fans across the country.
He was nominated for “Best Emerging Act” at the 2019 Americana Music Awards.
Ondara’s music continues to receive widespread critical acclaim—Billboard recently featured his debut LP, ‘Tales of America’ as one of their “50 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)” and “Saying Goodbye” was featured in NPR Music’s “Best Songs of 2019 So Far.” He was also profiled for PBS’ “NewsHour” and made appearances on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “World Cafe.”
‘Tales of America’ is a completely acoustic album produced by Grammy-nominated Mike Viola. The LP was recorded at Boulevard Recording and East West Studios in Los Angeles, with all lyrics written by Ondara. It features collaborations with Andrew Bird, Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith from Dawes and Joey Ryan from The Milk Carton Kids.
J.S. Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya listening to American alt-rock and making up his own songs for as long as he can remember. At an early age, he fell in love with the music of Bob Dylan and moved to Minneapolis in 2013 to pursue a career as a singer and songwriter. He began making his way in the local music scene, continually writing songs about what he saw, felt and experienced in a place far different from home. Since then, he has toured nationwide, opening for Neil Young, Lindsey Buckingham, Anderson East, First Aid Kit, The Milk Carton Kids, Mt. Joy and The Head & The Heart.
All seats are reserved and priced at $299, $249, $199, $76, $56 or $36.
Tickets subject to additional fees and can be purchased in person at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse box office, all Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart locations, or online, below: