Push: What I Learned from the Lumineers

Dear Readers,
Two years ago, I performed CMJ for the first time. Aside from getting to perform in the festival, the coolest part for me was cramming in as many shows as I could as a fan. I’ve always had an insatiable appetite for music and this was the equivalent of an “all you can eat” buffet.

Being a Wednesday night, I decided to stay local to Alphabet City and popped into Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 1 to support another indie favorite of mine, singer/songwriter Mieka Pauley. It’s always crowded there and CMJ made it even more so, but I squeezed my way in, got my glass of Malbec, and tuned into the artists onstage.

Before Mieka came on, I had the great fortune of hearing an incredible folk trio from Denver, Colorado. I was so blown away by their set that I chugged my $11 Malbec and squeezed my way outside just to talk to them. It’s all a bit hazy now, being two years ago, but we chatted for a bit on that crisp, fall night about how they got started in Jersey and then moved to Denver for new inspiration. The talented trio had driven all the way to NYC in a van to do a string of East Coast shows, which included their CMJ performance. I was certain that their hard work and pure love for the music would pay off in the end, and surely enough, it did. You may have heard of them by now…The Lumineers?

This past weekend they headlined WXPN’s 9th Annual XPoNential Festival at Susquehanna Bank Center, a venue with a 7,000- person capacity. Just to give you a sense of growth, I think Stage 1 at Rockwood has a capacity of around 50- people. On top of that, I don’t even think they were headlining that night.

This goes to show you a few things:

1. Love what you do.

2. Don’t Stop.

I can’t imagine how exhausting it must have been driving that far of a distance and then giving top notch performances for weeks at a time. But the Lumineers did it, night after night, for years and years. And from what I remember, they were super friendly and upbeat when we talked. It was clear they were enjoying the ride.

So no matter where you are in your career, I hope you’re enjoying it. The passion you have for your craft comes out in every note you play and is what separates the good from the truly great.  Overnight success stories are rare, but if you keep pushing and believe in what you’re doing, we’ll soon be writing about your ascent to the top of the charts.

-Jennifer Logue
Founder & Managing Editor
Rock On Philly

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