Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros w/ Dawes @ Pabst Theater
June 7, 2010
Dressed in white with a red scarf and
grizzled facial hair, Ebert bellowed soulfully as he led the band, jumping
around the stage and intimately conversing with the crowd, like they were
Castrinos also added to the night’s
warm atmosphere. During the band's song devoted to her (“Jade”), she was at
first nowhere to be found, but she soon rushed the stage, wrapping arms with
Ebert, dancing and twirling around. Her sweet voice was the perfect
counterpoint to Ebert's on “Home,” the one song to feature her entirely on
There was a sense that the band had
grown genuinely fond of the crowd over the course of the night—they even sang
“Happy Birthday” to two audience members.
The encore was particularly heartfelt.
Toward the end, Ebert crouched down and invited the audience standing in front
of the stage to climb up and sit down. With a guitar in hand, Ebert sang an
emotionally powerful version of “Brother,” as the band sat among the crowd.
Afterward, the group launched into a tropical dance beat, and the crowd on
stage stood up and danced away.
While it'd be hard to match the energy
created by Edward Sharpe, openers Dawes were able to hold their own with a
great set of soulful folk-rock. The band's set featured songs from their debut,
released last year, including “Love Is All I Am” and “When My Time Comes.”
Photo by CJ Foeckler