One of the most charismatic performers on tour today, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, charmed a packed Babcock Theatre crowd Tuesday night.
He didn’t have to throw money into the crowd or reach for raised hands in the crowd to woo this gathering, even thought he did both. He described the heat from the audience like “putting his hand in an oven.” Ebert’s vulnerable vocals and other-worldly connection to his music cast a spell over the crowd that lasted throughout their 90-minute set.
The touring group included 12 dynamic musicians, who showed they can all sing and play. Fellow lead vocalist, Jade Castrinos, has an edge to her voice, making it a fine pairing with Ebert’s.
Parts of their set felt more like a gospel revival than a rock show with members of the audience raising hands and stomping their feet, especially on “Don’t Wanna’ Pray” off Edward Sharpe’s latest disc, “Here.” The song ran for almost 10 minutes with Ebert picking members of his band to sing a verse.
Thanks to Jade Presents and 1111 Presents for bringing such an amazing show to Billings.