From a Christian background rooted in Missouri, to house parties and backyard barbeque’s in Denver, to an international tour, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats found themselves on the stage at The Ogden this past weekend playing a two night show to sold out crowds. It’s taken ten years, multiple configurations of sounds and members, and a move to get back here, but Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats is now an international sensation.
Their sound is an amalgamation of all the places they’ve been and all the places they can’t wait to go. Sometimes, it’s a sultry singer from a smoky cabaret room, a twenty piece Southern Gospel Choir singing their hearts out early on Sunday morning, or quiet trio dressed in denim performing at the county fair. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats are an amalgamation of sounds from across lifetimes that bridge musical genres and connects first time listeners and ten year fans alike.
Saturday and Sunday night’s performances were lively, original, and the perfect thing to warm our frozen winter bones. The band opened with well known song “I Need Never Get Old” and continued with other hits like “Mellow Out” and “Shake” all of which the audience sang right along with. We fell in love with the trumpeter’s crazy moves and pointed sound and swayed along with the heavy base line. They played for less than an hour and we could have listened just a little bit longer but we’re looking forward to seeing their already sold out performance at Red Rocks. In true, leave em wanting more form, the group closed with their hit that made them famous, “S.O.B.”.
After a few minutes of the crowd chanting remnants of the last song, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats came back out and played two covers for their encore. “The Shape I’m In” (The Band) and “Having a Party” (Sam Cooke) were perfect closing arguments for why Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats are a unique sound that’s only getting louder.