November 22, 2016
The Tabernacle, Atlanta, Georgia
Photographer/Writer: Brad Kuntz
My Morning Jacket frontman, Jim James performed at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia on November 22, 2016 in support of his latest release, Eternally Even. Twin Lamb, a band from his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky opened the show and then became 3/5 of Jim James’ band for the main event.
Opening with “Hide in Plain Sight”, off the new record, “Eternally Even”, and then “Know Til Now”, from James’ debut release, “Regions of Light and Sound and God”. James rapped/skatted “Same Old Lie”, a song that gets very political about voting and lying politicians that we elect, this was the first single released from the new record. “Dear One and a New Life”, from the first release was a classic. Two more new tracks followed, “The Worlds Smiling Now and True Nature”, heavy on the 1970’s sound into “I’m Set Free”, a Velvet Underground cover. Two new favorites, “In the Moment”, and “Eternally Even”, end the set. “I Hope You’re Having a Wonderful Life!!!” and “Living in The Shadows Light” were some uplifting lyrics.
The encore featured, “Of the Mother Again”, into “Dear God”, from another side project of James’, “Mothers of Folk.” “Dear God”, was the highlight of the night!!! “Down on the Bottom”, is from the “New Basement Tapes”, yet another side project and film finishing Bob Dylan songs that had not been completed with a hand picked group of stellar musicians. The show ended with another classic James tune, “State of the Art (AEIOU)”, covered by My Morning Jacket on occasion.
4th Annual Suwannee Hulaween – Stringier Things
October 28th – 30th, 2016
Photographer/Writer: Brad Kuntz
It’s almost time for the 4th Suwannee Hulaween. The past three years Suwannee Hulaween has hosted some of the best music, scenery and good times many have experienced at a music festival. This year will no doubt be a grand time, with seven sets of The String Cheese Incident spread out over the three-day main event and a pre-party with EOTO on Thursday. Last year’s Hulaween attendance broke records at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, but this year, tickets are limited to only 20,000.
The art installations, live paintings and decorations that are scattered throughout the park seem to get better each year, the creativity is unsurpassed. Spirit Lake is a treat in itself with the spectacular light show that lasts all night long, casting patterns of color onto the tall cypress trees and the long tangles of dangling Spanish moss and the adult playground in a Spirit lake area with its own stage, fire dancers, fire statues, swing sets, moving lights, mazes, and mouths to sit in and pose with, landscape art and much more.
The costume theme is “Stringier Things”, which will celebrate vintage 1980s supernatural horror / pop culture, inspired by the Netflix TV Show “Stranger Things”. We can’t wait to see what kind of creatively kooky costumes are on display!
Fourth Lockn’ Festival as Hot as the Weather
Oak Ridge Farm, Arrington, VA
August 25-28, 2016
Photographer/Writer: Mark Robbins
The 4th installment of the Lockn’ Festival at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA proved to be a sizzling hot weekend. Not only was the music a blistering blur from well known to not so well known bands but the temperature held in the high 90s all 4 days (actually 1 night and 3 days) with the only relief given by the mist machines placed throughout the festival grounds. The festival, started by Peter Shapiro and Dave Frey, not only offers the best jam bands, as well as other genres, but also the best in local farm to table eats and craft beers and wine. New this year was a raised main stage which had a rotating center so when one band was finished with a set the center would rotate with the next band already in place.
Thursday night’s lineup kicked off with Vulfpeck, a funk band who had a great time on stage with Jack Stratton constantly running back and forth between turns on the keyboard. Antwaun Stanley, billed as a”special guest” has a powerful voice that filled the festival grounds and would be at home singing R&B, funk or gospel.
Umphrey’s McGee’s music was only surpassed by it’s outstanding light show. This band was the VIP for the weekend playing non-stop glory. It’s genre hopping, time and key changes may be off-putting to some but Umphrey’s McGee was non stop glory.
Finishing the night was Ween. Known for their unusually goofy lyrics, distortion and abrasiveness they more than lived up to their reputation. This is not a jam band and they don’t try to be.
Phish played two 2 hour sets Friday and Sunday nights. It’s hard to believe this band has been killing it for some 33 years now. With a set list that included “555”, “Ghost”, “Punch You in the Eye”, “Wing Suit” and much much more from the Phish song book the highlight was an a cappella cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”. Those who paid for super VIP tickets were treated to a private show by Anders Osborne between Phish sets.
Charles Bradley survived a difficult childhood and early adulthood to finally getting the praise he deserves. Strongly influenced by James Brown, Bradley is a true showman and has the soul and R&B chops to go with it. Whatever emotion he is feeling, joyfulness or sadness, the audience feels it as deeply. Bradley is one of those performers who has to be seen live to really appreciate how great he is. Turkuaz is big band funk. This nine piece band would have raised the roof if there was a roof to be raised. White Denim has been around since 2008. From their opening song, “Real Deal Momma” the band kept a soulful vibe going throughout their entire set.
My Morning Jacket is not only a great indie band but Saturday night they put on an outstanding Rock and Roll Show. Front man Jim James is an unstoppable force backed by an equally dynamite band. Originals mixed in with covers, a particularly moving “What the World Need Now” (Burt Bacharach and Hal David), made their set one of the more memorable of the weekend.
Tedeschi Trucks Band is all that needs to be said. From the rapid fire guitar of Derek Trucks to the sublime voice of Susan Tedeschi as well as a great band, this is as good as it gets. Their cover of “Bitches Brew” was so smokin’ that Miles Davis even smiled.
Hard Working Americans is a Neo Southern super rock band. “Mission Accomplished” should have been their closer instead of opener because when their set was over, judging from the crowds reaction, it was mission accomplished. With Todd Snider in front with vocals, dancing, and mugging for the crowd, the rest of Hard Working Americans cook with such intensity flames should be covering the stage. This band’s pedigree is second to none with Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi), and Duane Trucks (King Lincoln).
Galactic is the quintessential New Orleans funk band. With Stanton Moore on drums this band can do no wrong. Together for 20 years,Stanton Moore Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel have visited every genre of music and conquered them all. For their Lockin’ set special guest harp player Lee Oskar, founder of War, joined them for “Slipping Into Darkness”, “Like a Rolling Stone” and a few others. Add vocalist Erica Falls to the mix and an extended set (Brandi Carlile could not appear due to illness) and there were a lot of happy campers.
Phil Lesh has a lot of good friends. With members of the Dead, Phish (John Fishman, Page McConnell, Anders Osborne, Joe Russo) and The Infamous Stringdusters, this group could have had their own festival. Getting a late start, travel problems for Lesh then a blown amp, the fans patiently waited as the new rotating stage turned to the opening strains of “Scarlet Begonias”. Through a set of Dead covers and an extended jam, Phil Lesh and Friends were welcomed back anytime.
Keller Williams has a good time and so does everyone else who is there to hear him. Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt, white tie, and no shoes, Williams comes to preach. “Palm Sunday”, “Who Was John”, “St Stephen”, “Sampson and Delilah” and more made this set a must hear for the weekend. Performed on the much smaller Blue Ridge Bowl Stage and earlier than the normal starting time (10 AM) it was still wall to wall people (if there were walls) who knew this was not a set to miss. Williams was backed by his three piece band and 4 singers who preached to the heavens.
Phil Lesh’s friends today were Chris Robinson Brotherhood (who had their own set) and Gary Clark, Jr.. Sunday’s show went off without a hitch with more Dead covers and Gary Clark, Jr. showing his blues licks on “Good Morning, School Girl” and “Wang Dang Doodle”. Lesh and friends, no matter who they are, can do no wrong.
Gary Clark, Jr. is not as famous as he should be. His style encompass fuzz rock, blues, r&b, hip-hop, soul and even a little jazz. His crackling “Bright Lights” set the tone for the rest of his rock blues appearance.
My Morning Jacket proudly welcomes special guests to its One Big Holiday– the band’s first ever destination event at the newly renovated Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico, January 26-30, 2014. In addition to MMJ’s 3 full shows and DJ Dance Party, now joining MMJ on thisÂ four night adventure are the Flaming Lips along with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx and Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) Solo DJ Sets.
Tickets are on sale now, visit www.MMJOneBigHoliday.comÂ for tickets and information. All-Inclusive prices range from $1249-$2599 per person based on double occupancy and include a four night stay at the resort, access to all shows, top notch all-inclusive resort amenities, and an unparalleled music adventure in paradise.
One Big Holiday is much more than an intimate run of shows; this is an all-inclusive adventure: all meals, drinks, concerts and activities are included in the package. In the coming weeks, look out for more announcements including the music schedule, artist hosted activities, excursions and theme nights.
“I wanted the album to sound like it came from a different place in time,” says Jim James. “Perhaps sounding as if it were the past of the future, if that makes any senseâ€”like a hazy dream that a fully-realized android or humanoid capable of thought might have when it reminisces about the good old days of just being a simple robot.”
“I take walks a lot,” says James, “and as I walk, songs kind of build in my mind, and I start adding and subtracting things. So I had a full vision for a lot of the songs on this album before I even recorded one note.” These visions have now manifested as Regions of Light and Sound of God, the first solo album from the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for My Morning Jacket, which will be released February 5th on ATO Records. Over the course of fifteen years and six studio albums, James has been the focal point of a group that has grown into one of the most acclaimed and successful rock and roll bands in the world. With this project, he reaches into new territory that extends, but doesn’t break from, MMJ’s accomplishments.
Until now, James had never felt the call to create a longer-form album on his own. “Iâ€™m very lucky to play in a band with guys that I love, who are great at what they do,” he says, “so on MMJ records, I donâ€™t have a need to play bass or keys or what have you. But as a person and as a musician, I love to play every instrument under the sun, and I wanted to make a record where I played all the instruments and produced/engineered it myself.”
The results are nine songs that resist easy categorization, from the hazy space-funk of the opening “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)” to the chiming, operatic pop of “A New Life.” On Regions of Light and Sound of God, nothing is what it seemsâ€”touchstones from old-school R&B or island folk or hip-hop flicker into focus and then disappear; a delicate instrumental is titled “Exploding.” It’s complex but cohesive, intimate and hypnotic where My Morning Jacket might turn more wide-screen and epic.
For Regions of Light and Sound of God, there was one specific source that shaped many of the songs, and even figures into the album titleâ€”a pioneering 1929 graphic novel called Godâ€™s Man, by Lynd Ward. Told entirely through wordless woodcuts, the book chronicles an artistâ€™s struggle with temptation and corruption, along with finding true love. As work on the album proceeded, James was inspired to write music that could accompany the book. â€œGod’s Man came to me at a very important time,â€ he says. â€œSome of the things happening in the book were happening to me in real life, in a very strange and painful, then a very beautiful way.â€
Solo albums by members of bands, especially lead singers, can often be scattershot, collections of odds and ends built up over the years with no true sense of purpose. But Regions of Light and Sound of God is precisely the oppositeâ€”the clarity with which Jim James came into this album rings from first note to last. â€œThe album knew what it wanted to be,â€ says James. â€œThe songs would tell me what they wanted to be, and I just had to search around and find those sounds to bring them into this world.â€
â€œKnow Til Nowâ€ : Free download
The album is now available for pre-order. Click HERE for details.
Jim James will be joined by one of his My Morning Jacket cohorts, Carl Broemel, in a visit to Keene, New Hampshire for a rare solo performance on behalf of the Obama campaign on Monday, October 1st, 2012. The concert will take place at the Colonial Theater, with doors opening at 7:00pm. Opening for Jim and Carl will be Craig Finn of The Hold Steady. The Concert will help raise awareness about what’s at stake this election for young Americans.
—————————————————————————————– On his support for the President’s reelection campaign, Jim James says,
“It is so crucial for us all to work together to help build on and continue the progress we have been making under President Obama’s leadership – to get America to be a land that takes care of its own and provides equal opportunity to all – regardless of gender, race, or creed. I believe in President Obama’s vision for America – at home and as a better friend to the world – and want to help raise awareness of the importance of a person’s right to vote.”
The complimentary (yes, that means free) concert is part of the campaign’s â€œFor Allâ€ initiative, whose mission is to engage and maximize participation from young Americans. â€œFor Allâ€ illustrates the shared values of the President and young Americans across the country: that if we work together, we can continue to move this country forward.
In related Jim James/Barack Obama news, James recently penned reason #10 in regards to why President Obama should be given four more years in the oval office. He did so for the blog 90 Reasons in 90 Days and he is not alone. So far, other contributors include Paul Simon, Russell Simmons, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, the dude who gave Zuckerberg a personality, Jesse Eisenberg, and the guy who referred to the Zuck-opic (Social Network)Â as “great, not because of its dazzling style or visual cleverness, but because it is splendidly well-made,” Roger Ebert.
As for Jim’s entry, it is titled “Barack Obama is not a Robot” and can be read here.
Editors note: Getting involved is quite easy. If you support the president, grab a marker,write what progress means to you, take a picture of said written upon hand and tweet it with the hashtag #forall.
My Morning Jacket & Band of Horses Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta, GA August 24, 2012
As part of the Spontaneous Curation Series Tour, My Morning Jacket rolled into Alpharetta”s Encore Park with friends, Band of Horses, in tow. Having not toured the south since last year, their loyal legion was plenty prepped to catch a live show from the much heralded Louisville, KY quintet.
Over the past few years particularly, success has been no stranger for Morning Jacket, and it is well-deserved. Through a seemingly innate ability to service a sonically heavy tone with virtuous lyrics that are as introspectively written as they are universally appealing, what transpires is something that is all theirs. The best part is that it translates live, where any band of value earns its Wheaties.
Led by front man, Jim James, whose charisma and intensity intertwine with an intonation that one would never think the wookish looking lad could master, James creates an atmosphere where all can feel close to the musical hero, while the band provides the canvas for it to take place. It truly is beautiful and it all happened on this night in the suburban Atlanta city of Alpharetta, where in spite of a less-than sold-out house (likely due to Phish), the band once again managed to pull off something grand by proving once again that rock & roll is alive and well, fresh and good.
Band of Horses
Knock Knock, How to Live, Laredo, Older, The Great Salt Lake, Is There a Ghost, Islands on the Coast (on setlist as “Too Soon”), No One”s Gonna Love You,Cigarettes, Wedding Bands, Slow Cruel Hands of Time (with Jim James),The Funeral, The First Song (on setlist as “Snow/Outro”)
My Morning Jacket
Lay Low, First Light, Circuital, Outta My System, Honest Man, Mahgeetah, Where to Begin, Strangulation, Gideon, Steam Engine, Touch Me Iâ€™m Going To Scream Pt. 1, Wordless Chorus, Touch Me Iâ€™m Going To Scream Pt. 2, Cobra, Itâ€™s About Twilight Now, Run Thru, Phone Went West
Encore: Wonderful (The Way I Feel), Victory Dance, Holdin On To Black Metal, Highly Suspicious, Anytime,One Big Holiday
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Live from MSG featuring Ben Bridwell (Band Of Horses)
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Shortly after completing their back to back tours in Japan and Australia, My Morning Jacket are taking their celebrated, exhilarating live show back on the road this August with the announcement of their North American tour, with Band Of Horses in support.
Since their sold out Madison Square show to end off 2011, they’ve played a triumphant performance at the Independent Spirit Awards in February and shared the stage with Preservation Hall Jazz Band commemorating their 50th Anniversary at Carnegie Hall. Jim James also completed a tour with New Multitudes (Jay Farrar, Will Johnson and Anders Parker) in promotion of their album honoring Woody Guthrie. Additionally, the band has been busy curating the Forecastle Festival for the festival’s 10th Anniversary, where they will conjointly be headlining the event along with Wilco and Bassnectar.
The band are showing no signs of slowing down in the months surrounding their tour. My Morning Jacket will be contributing to John Fogerty’s new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which will be released this fall. In the month of June, they will complete a European tour making stops in Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and the United Kingdom. The band will also be headlining this year’s Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee and Newport, Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival, as well as performing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival next month.
Commencing their tour in Denver, Colorado at Red Rocks on August 3rd and 4th, My Morning Jacket will be recording both performances and offering them as complimentary downloads to all ticket holders for those shows. Both My Morning Jacket and Band Of Horses are enthusiastic of hitting the road for the month long tour. “YES! We’re touring with the incredible My Morning Jacket!â€ says lead singer Ben Bridwell. â€œSo psyched toÂ hit the road with our buddies and (hopefully) warm you all up for theÂ greatest band going.”
My Morning Jacket North American Tour Dates
% = $1 from each ticket will be donated to the local charity listed
* = with Band Of Horses
^ = with Trombone Shorty
+ = with Trampled By Turtles
# = with Shabazz Palaces
5/04: Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
5/05: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
07/13: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/14: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival (performance)
07/15: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/28: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
8/03: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*% (Flobots.org)
8/04: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*% (Platteforum)
After taking a year off, Forecastle Festival is set to return to Louisville’s Waterfront Park for its 10th anniversary. Today, city natives, My Morning Jacket announced their involvement with this years event. Specially priced weekend passes will go on-sale January 27 at noon EST. Below is the official statement regarding the band’s involvement as well as the video announcement that was issued in conjunction.
My Morning Jacket is pleased to announce their involvement with Forecastle Festival 2012. From booking bands and curating late night shows, to choosing philanthropic partners, My Morning Jacket is collaborating with Forecastle for this year’s 10th Anniversary. In addition, My Morning Jacket will be headlining on Saturday evening during the 3-day event, taking place at Louisville’s Waterfront Park on July 13-15, 2012.