It was a perfect evening to head over to Marymoor Park to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, to kick off my first concert of the summer at the venue. I really enjoy coming to these outdoor spaces, as they remind me of a picnic in the park that just happens to be accompanied by great tunes. If you don’t feel like sitting on your low chair or blanket, then you can stand close to the stage, where there is a built floor.
It had been a while since the last time I saw Alex Ebert bring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros through town, and I was happy to catch them again. They released their fourth studio album, PersonA, back in April, and they’ve been on tour supporting it since. The biggest change in the lineup since their last record was the departure of singer Jade Castrinos back in 2014.
Ebert stepped out on stage a little before 8:30 P.M. with a big smile on his face, ready to play for us. His live performances are something that he has been known for, and this one was right where I set my expectations. He interacted with the audience, sometimes letting them sing, sometimes grabbing their GoPro and taping himself for a minute before handing it back to a psyched fan, and in another moment he grabbed a Polaroid and took a bunch of pictures of the band and gave them all to one another.
Most of all, the show was about having a good time and leaving happier than you came before. He succeeds in that each time I see him take the stage. His set included favorites “40 Day Dream,” “Janglin’,” “Man on Fire,” “Mayla,” and “Somewhere.”
A little before the curfew ended, he looked up and said, “Well we have to stop in 18 minutes, so let’s do this; sing along!” Before long, “Home” emerged. This one made a lot of people get up from the lawn and run to the stage to sing and dance along one last time before the night ended. Ebert held the microphone towards the crowd as they all sang the first verse together, and their voices echoed in the park. The song just has the power to uplift your spirits in the most difficult of moments, and it leaves you with the feeling of absolute happiness. It was a great way to end our Thursday night.