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The Dose: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros close Oaktopia with warmth and spirit

The Dose: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros close Oaktopia with warmth and spirit

September 30
15:11 2015

Kyle Martin | Staff Writer


Devoted music lovers flocked to the Travelstead Mainstage to witness Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros mesmerize and captivate gathering festival-goers Sunday evening.

The Polyphonic Spree had just finished their set on the Audacity Mainstage, and Oaktopia attendees were eager for more. They wanted the headliner, and they wanted it now.

Personal space was non-existent among the swarming, overloaded stretch of grass that held the excited audience. This was the main event, and folks were not about to miss it.

A crescendo of drums, tambourines, guitars, voices and energy filled the night, and all at once the festival transformed into a sea of love and music. Under the allure of the long-anticipated blood moon, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros hypnotized the crowd.

The band was comprised of ten members with an arsenal of instruments, ranging from an organ to an upright bass, acoustic guitar to a euphonium, two drumsets to raw vocal talent. Each member of the group had an individual style, whether it was in how they played, how they dressed or how they interacted onstage.

Together they were a bevy of pure entertainment.

The setlist was partially planned and partly requested. Lead singer Alex Ebert periodically asked the fans what songs they wanted to hear. Songs of the night included “40 Day Dream,” “Man on Fire,” “Janglin,” “Better Days,” the chorus of “Let’s Get High” and the finale and apparent crowd favorite, “Home.”

The stage radiated passion, and there was a sense of thrill and joy throughout the festival’s concluding set. The Magnetic Zeros have a way of effortlessly connecting with the audience. Their music holds a certain innocence that moves, excites and pulls at heartstrings. Their performance was pure and zealous.

In the middle of the final set, Ebert took to the crowd, as he had been doing throughout the performance, and asked audience members to share “stories.” He handed the microphone out and let the Oaktopia crowd share its thoughts and feelings.

One girl wanted people to know they should grab a slice at local restaurant Pizza Snob. Another let Ebert know she puts her daughter to sleep by singing “Home” to her at night. One photographer stepped up to the mic and shared that she had traveled all the way from New Zealand just to see the band perform.

The final “story” that Ebert pulled from the crowd was particularly special. Without a single tremor in his voice, Oaktopia founder Brent Camp announced to the crowd he had come to the event with his girlfriend of six years, proceeded to get down on one knee, and asked her to marry him. She said “yes” to overwhelming screams and applause as many tears ensued.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have been working on an album since September of 2014 and are looking to release their new material in March 2016. Ebert said though it’s “inherently hard to describe,” fans can expect a different sound and style.

“[We’re] trying to be as good as we can be,” Ebert said. “[We’re] pushing ourselves.”

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