The Lumineers, fresh from learning that they've been nominated for a pair of Grammy awards, will perform a sold-out show at The NorVa in Norfolk on Sunday, Dec. 16, as part of the WROX-FM (96.1) "Party With a Purpose."
Sunday's bash will raise money for both Toys for Tots and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and also features openers Swear and Shake and The Ambassadors.
[Update 12-12-12: James Steele of WROX said that the show has been sold out since Dec. 2.]
These are exciting days for this Colorado-based trio. On Friday and Saturday, The Lumineers will open for the Dave Matthews Band in Charlottesville. Last week, the group was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album Grammy awards.
In a story posted at the Rolling Stone website, drummer Jeremiah Fraites admitted that the attention has left him stunned.
"When you have so many things going for you, you start to get weary," he said. "I get a little suspicious. When things are bad, there's only one way to go: up. When things are good, there's only one way to go: down. You start to be, ‘What's going on right now? Grammys? Is this a joke?'"
The group's melodic indie-folk sound has attracted followers among critics as well as rank-and-file rock fans who first heard the band's hit "Ho Hey" on the radio. Paste Magazine included the band's self-titled debut album as one of the best discs of 2012.
"The roots revival of the last few years has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music—the kind that nods to tradition while setting off into uncharted territory," the band's bio states. "The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics ... Born out of sorrow, powered by passion, ripened by hard work, The Lumineers have found their sound when the world needs it most."