The first Red Butte Garden concert of the 2016 season started with a rocking good time by the opening act, the Sleepwalkers. The band was very aware their audience was patiently waiting for the headlining Lumineers, but they still had a contagious energy that made them a perfect start to the evening. Strong guitar solos and unique vocals gave the band a great stage presence. These guys were having fun and getting into their music. My concert spot was between a middle-aged couple and a younger millenial pair, and both groups kept remarking how much they loved the sound and energy of the Sleepwalkers. That’s a pretty great reach.
The Sleepwalkers have a retro sound that hearkens back to the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll storytelling highlighted by bands like the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Many of their songs have funky piano solos and psychedelic influences. Crowd favorites were “Cocaine” and “Cheers,” catchy numbers that highlighted the diverse talents of this eclectic group.
I’m excited to see where this group goes. They’ve got an old-school tour van and a groovy sound. The Sleepwalkers are accompanying the Lumineers for their 2016 Cleopatra World Tour. I think it’s safe to say that anyone who comes to see the shows will be humming along to the Sleepwalkers tunes the morning after.
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