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      December 31, 2012

      Monday   9:00 PM

      935 East Colfax Avenue
      Denver, Colorado 80218

      The Lumineers

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      The Lumineers

      with Shovels & Rope and Paper Bird

      The Lumineers' story didn't come easy.
      Back then, growing up in the New York City suburb of Ramsey, New Jersey, Wesley spent his days drawing side by side with his best friend, Josh Fraites. Today, as bandleader of The Lumineers, Wesley's replaced his pencil with a guitar, his drawings with songs, and plays side by side with Joshuas younger brother Jeremiah. He still practices a lot, and it still turns out good.

      But The Lumineers' story didn't come so easily.

      It begins in 2002, the year Jeremiahs brother, Josh, died from a drug overdose at 19. Amidst the loss and grief, Wes and Jer found solace in music, writing songs and playing gigs around New York. After battling the city's cutthroat music scene and impossibly high cost of living, the two decided to expand their horizons. They packed everything they ownednothing more than a couple suitcases of clothes and a trailer full of musical instrumentsand headed for Denver, Colorado. It was less a pilgrimage than act of stubborn hopefulness.

      The first thing they did in Denver was place a Craigslist ad for a cellist, and the first person to respond was Neyla Pekarek, a classically trained Denver native. As a trio, they began playing at the Meadowlark, a gritty basement club where the city's most talented songwriters gathered every Tuesday for an open mic and dollar PBRs. Neyla softened Wes and Jer's rough edges while expanding her skills to mandolin and piano. And so The Lumineers sound took shape; an amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk.

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