Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros brought the hippie love fest to Crossroads KC, playing favorites like “40 Day Dream”, “Man On Fire” and “Home”. While on stage, the band looked more like a cult than a professional music group with their eclectic blend of about 10 members and various instruments. As soon as Edward Sharpe and his merry group kicked off with “40 Day Dream”, there was not doubt that this group warranted the respect of tis audience…and it was received.

The group’s powerful leader, Alex Ebert, led with his wonderfully gravelly voice, backed by the amazing instrumentals of his band and the divine voice of Jade Castrinos. There was no doubt that this band had immense chemistry and seeing them live took the album experience to the next level and through the roof.  No wonder it was one of the most popular shows for ticket sales at Crossroads KC from the 2012 concert series.

Up From Below – Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Up From Below - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

The crowd was bundled up against the coldest night yet of KC Fall, but was still dancing and cheering, passionate about every song. Alex commented on the chilliness, saying it was the coldest concert they had played yet.  Even Jade had a colored blanket wrapped around her to protect against the chill, but still ever so cute and whimsical.

Carries On – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Caries On - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

In their most popular song, “Home”, they playfully switched up the lyrics and how the song progressed.

Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

The only disappointment was that “Home” should have probably been played last. There was no denying that a good third of the  being people there hinged on that song and when the band played it as the third to last song, the energy in the venue fizzled after that. Regardless, it was one of the best shows I have seen of the season and I have a new-found respect for this band.

edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros