Photo & Perspective: Jens Lekman Draws the Best Crowd Ever at Columbia City Theater"/>
Jens Lekman Sunday, October 1 Columbia City Theater
Sunday, October 1
Columbia City Theater
By Laura Musselman
For the first time ever, I left a show thinking, "Wow. That was the best crowd ever."
The room was full of faithful fans from Seattle, Portland, Eugene, even Idaho. Jens Lekman delivered. He always does. He's always a little bit different than the last time you saw him. Sometimes he's solo, other times he has an all-female backing band dressed in matching outfits. This time it was Jens with just a couple guitars, a sampler, and his drummer Addison (who also gave great harmonies).
Columbia City Theater is the perfect venue to see a sold-out show: at capacity there's still breathing / dancing room, the sound is great, and the stage is tall enough that you can see from anywhere in the room (however, as a 5'5" photographer who lives in the front row, the height can lead to a lot of up-the-nose-shots if you aren't careful).
The reason the crowd was so great? We danced at the dancy bits. We were quiet and reverent at the solemn bits. We sang along to our favorite songs. We were so good that when Jens closed the night with a solo eight-plus-minute rendition of "Pocketful of Money," the entire place snapped and clapped the percussion parts, sang along (even harmonized!), and hummed in place of the missing instruments. For the last five solid minutes of the show, the whole place sang, "I'll come running with a heart on fire," over and over like we were at church.
I have a feeling his next Seattle stop will be in a much larger venue and we'll sell that one out too.