Monday, March 5, 2018

One of the many reasons I love the band, Mumford & Sons, is their unwavering commitment to supporting charitable acts, using their fame to solicit for money and peoples' time commitments.  Marcus Mumford, specifically, has been named a Global Ambassador for War Child, a charity assisting children impacted by war in their home countries.  Just recently, Marcus also created a fundraiser soccer event, called Game for Grenfell, to raise the direly needed funds to support victims of the fire that destroyed London's Grenfell Tower building and took many lives, an event that Marcus witnessed personally as he lives close enough to see the fire from his home.  He also performed one song, solo, to open the benefit concert for the victims of the tragic and senseless bombing in Manchester after an Arianna Grande show. What a huge heart, right? As part of the Global Citizen movement and with the support of Citibank and their Sound Vault concert series, it came as no surprise the band threw together a one night only show in NYC last September to benefit Children in Conflict, the U.S. sister non-profit to U.K.'s War Child. A one night special Mumford concert you say?  To benefit something good you say?  Of course I'll rearrange my travel plans to get there!

While the concert was a standard Mumford concert, no new songs yet still amazing, it was the venue really stole the show that night.  Located in Washington Heights, United Palace is an old, grand movie theater, 1 of 5 Loew's NYC "Wonder Theatres" built in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  The design details in the lobby and theater are pure golden insanity, almost too much to take in.  So basically my friend and I, for 2+ hours that night, were both visually in awe of the event space itself and enthralled by our favorite four lads from London.  Magic!

Here's photographic Instagram evidence of my friend and I having a blast....can you see us, at the end of the green arrow??

It's not a surprise that Mumford & Sons, who are often found hanging around NYC when not at their homes in England or on the road, invited some other famous friends to the stage.  In the video below, the boys sang their cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer" with their friend, Gil Landry, from Old Crow Medicine Show.

They also sang two songs I've not seen live before: "When I Get My Hands On You," Marcus' song contribution to his independent Bob Dylan lyric project: The New Basement Tapes, and "Where Are You Now."  Ok, technically I've seen the former song before when Marcus performed it with Chris Thile at a live taping of the "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show, but I haven't seen Marcus perform it with his band.

No Mumford & Sons concert is complete without their a capella "B-Stage" songs.  This night, we were treated to "Sister" and "Cold Arms."

Here's the complete set list:

Finally, a Mumford & Sons concert post from me is not complete without some photos!  They are such a photogenic band, after all!  Until next concert....hopefully with a new album to promote!

Posted on Monday, March 05, 2018 by Julie


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hey guys! I'm back after a long hiatus, and boy do I have a lot to catch up on.  To get the inertia swinging in the right direction, I thought I would do a quick post full of mostly photos because I'm going through serious Winter Olympic withdrawl right now.  Of the two seasons of Olympic games, winter is my favorite.  To be more specific, anything with skiing on a slope is my favorite: slopestyle, halfpipe, aerials, moguls, big air, downhill, super g, slalom, combined, ski jump, etc. I had the pleasure to catch some of the qualifying action for the men's freeski halfpipe this winter season before the team left for South Korea.  I'm telling you, if you haven't seen a halfpipe event live, you don't know what you are missing!  Everything about the experience is impressive, but there's nothing like when you're standing on the side of the pipe and your location is perfectly timed for a skier's big trick out of the pipe, where the he is getting huge amplitude and twisting right in front of you. 

Of course, I took my camera with me to the pipe the day I went and got some really fun action shots of the guys. All four of the US freeski halfpipe team members were part of the competition: David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace, Alex Ferreira, and Aaron Blunk. My favorite photos from the day are below. 
And now that this blogging ball is blog rolling again, I've got a few catch up posts I need to write from 2017 adventures (and some photo edits), then I will hopefully be positioned to get 2018 going strong, albeit a couple of months tardy.  Get ready for some lava, some kiwis, some desert, some more Legos, and a little bit (or a lot) of Potter coming soon!

Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2018 by Julie