Mumford & Sons at The Sprint Center

I was given the unique opportunity to have two fantastic concerts nearly two weeks apart from each other. I returned to Sprint Center on Monday April 18th to see the incredibly talented Mumford & Sons.  Now, I have seen quite a few concerts and a few being in Sprint Center, but this show was unique in its own right.

The venue was filled with people in everywhere it could, as every sold out seat found its owner and the pit was jam packed with fans trying to just get that much closer to see these musicians perform. The opener, Blake Mills, was something to be desired; seemingly setting the tone for the concert with very calm music that seemed to try to make us forget about the headliner and their very odd stage setup. They had put every piece of equipment they had from speakers to instruments, pushed the very middle of the stage into an odd musical pile.

After a short intermission, the main event began.  The music of Mumford & Sons was fascinating me as I remembered the music being catchy, but calming.  Seeing them perform in concert was a whole different musical monster as every song had a fantastic build to pump the crowd up.  The band kept the Sprint Center going through their entire set by following up every slow song like “Ghost that we Knew” into songs to pump us all back up such as “Awake my Soul”.

Along with their incredible set, the crowd in Kansas City were given a treat. We had the unique opportunity to hear “Kansas City” by The New Basement Tapes. I checked previous setlists at other venues and they were not as lucky to hear it live! I personally was doubtful we were going to hear that song as it is a song done by front man Marcus Mumford and another band, but I was pleasantly surprised.

There were two aspects that truly stand out in my mind were the variation on instruments and the light show they put on:

While there are many band members to Mumford & Sons, they had an even more diverse skill set in terms of the instruments they could play, and for Marcus Mumford, could play a variety of instruments at the same time.  During the opening song “Snake Eyes”, Marcus was singing, playing the guitar, and hitting the kick drum.  Not only was I thinking about the great song, but I was taken aback at how impressive the sight of someone multitasking so well.  Along with these instruments, their ensemble consisted of a trumpet, a trombone, a bass, bass guitar, violin, piano, banjo, and full drum set.

Other than the myriad of different instruments during this show, the thing that really set the tone was the light show.  When I think about Mumford & Sons, they aren’t a band I would associate with a rock n’ roll light show. Once again, I was pleasantly surprised by an insane light show throughout, and spark waterfall, one thing I had not experienced at any other concerts I have attended. Towards the end of the show, the Sprint Center went dark and the band ran to the other side of the pit to a stage just big enough for four people to stand and one microphone in the middle.  Beams of light illuminated the stage and the band members as they played “Timshel” and “Cold Arms”.  Not only was everyone drawn to the only light of the venue like moths to a porch light, but Marcus remarked that with only one mic, it would be quieter.  Not one cheer or class was done until the end of this set, which really illustrated the amount of control Mumford & Sons had on the audience as a whole.

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By: Joe Kucharski

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