LIVE: Mumford & Sons @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 6/15/16

June 21st, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

MUMFORD & SONS SET LIST
Snake Eyes
Little Lion Man
Below My Feet
Monster
White Blank Page
Lover of the Light
Tompkins Square Park
Believe
Ghosts That We Knew
Si tu veux (with Baaba Maal)
There Will Be Time (with Baaba Maal)
The Cave
Ditmas
Dust Bowl Dance
ENCORES
Hot Gates
Wona (with Baaba Maal)
I Will Wait
The Wolf

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SECOND OPINIONS
Lisa Christopher’s review and Jim Gilbert’s photographs at NYS Music
Lauren Halligan’s review at The Saratogian
Excerpt from Kirsten Ferguson’s review at The Daily Gazette: “The show sold out in minutes, and the fans packing the lawn and amphitheater seemed just as thrilled by the band’s new Coldplay-like electric rock sound as they did by the folksier numbers from 2009’s ‘Sigh No More’ and 2012’s ‘Babel’ smash albums. In front of a simple backdrop featuring blue neon wings, the quartet of Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane kicked off the show in full-on arena rock mode, with blazing electric guitars and synthesizers super-charging ‘Snake Eyes,’ a crescendo-reaching single from ‘Wilder Mind.’ ‘We came to party,’ announced frontman and sometime drummer Marcus Mumford. ‘If you’re in the seated area, dance all you want, and if you’re on the lawn you can dance even more.'”
Excerpt from James Shahen’s review at The Times Union: “Opening with a well-received take of 2015’s ‘Snake Eyes,’ the audience went bonkers for the next song, ‘Little Lion Man.’ As Mumford sang the chorus line, ‘I really (bleeped) it up this time,’ you could barely hear him and the band’s tight vocal harmonies over the passionate singing of the crowd, who then exploded with applause when Mumford pounded his kick drum and hammered away on his acoustic during the breakdown before the last chorus. After a strong rendition of the ballad ‘Blank White Page,’ Mumford put down the guitar and got behind a drum kit for ‘Lover of the Light.’ He was a surprisingly deft drummer, laying down a solid rhythm while belting out the lyrics without wavering or faltering. After some light banter with the audience and a couple more songs, Mumford and the band brought out a guest: Senegalese pop star Baaba Maal for a pair of songs from an upcoming joint release. Maal sang lead on ‘Si Tu Veux,’ a mid-tempo mix of reverb-drenched rock and Afrobeat. Maal and Mumford shared vocal duties on the rocker ‘There Will Be Time.’ Both songs were kind of weird and kind of neat. The audience paid polite attention to both numbers and gave each a solid round of applause, but the songs definitely didn’t seem to fully connect with them.”