My Morning Jacket | 09.19.08 | Berkeley

Words by: Dennis Cook | Images by: Jay Blakesberg & Dave Vann

My Morning Jacket :: 09.19.08 :: Greek Theatre :: Berkeley, CA

Jim James rockin' the cape :: 09.19 :: Greek by Blakesberg
All day – hell, all week – leading up to My Morning Jacket's performance at the legendary Greek Theatre in the navy bluest city in America, all the hardcore music aficionados around me had butterflies, real twittering excitement about a concert. These are folks that would greet an undiscovered Beatles album recorded between Rubber Soul and Revolver with cautious skepticism. But, MMJ busts through such cynicism, reminding us how songs can change our lives, if only for a few minutes. I sometimes feel like putting on bobby socks and listening to their albums on a tiny portable turntable while daydreaming on the floor of my room. Sure, go ahead and call me a giant silly but My Morning Jacket is a boyfriend that keeps on giving, and their showing at the Greek only affirmed that kind of irrational, joyous love in a big way.

Setting matters and seeing one's favorite bands perform at the Greek is like a visit to the Parthenon with big amp stacks and smoke machines. Before a note is uttered it's already grand, elevated in scale by the giant columns and massive rising steps that encircle the stage. Not every band has the presence to fill this space but such was not the case with MMJ, who have long played music with stratospheric reach and cloud tickling potential. Emerging into a light drizzle (baptism anyone?), Jim James' high flyin' bird falsetto cut the air, inciting our chakras to action with opener "Evil Urges," reminding us that we are neither dead nor naughty from the waist down and leading us into a dance where the steps mattered less than full, enthusiastic participation. With MMJ, one gets as much out of the live experience as they put in. This is a very participatory group led by a frequently caped ringleader with a fabulous Jewfro, driven, lifted and pushed by a symbiotic audience relationship, which seems to grow stronger and more intricate each year. At the Greek, few moaning choruses or inhibition snapping yelps onstage went un-echoed in the stalls. As separated and alone as most days feel, this Friday felt so bloody together. Come on people now, smile on your brother... and your sister, too!

"This is a glossy, misty battlefield. A great battlefield," mused James early on. "Thank you for joining us on the battlefield where everyone wins."

My Morning Jacket :: 09.19 :: Greek by Blakesberg
For something still pretty loose in many ways, their music is increasingly filled out, brilliantly permeated with small keyboard licks, honey harmonies and air guitar inspiring solos. Watching them, listening with full attention, one felt them stretch the songs, limbering them up so they run up the hill faster or tumble down laughing. They're unafraid to court a good reaction, playing up both the clichés and pleasures of a proper rock show – James stalking the stage like Max Schreck's hirsute offspring during "Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 1" and Carl Broemel and James' super suede '70s El Camino rockin' guitar dueling on "Off The Record" are just two early-in-the-show examples. They want – shit, they ache - to produce a flutter in your chest like the one they clearly carry around with them everyday. About five songs in, it arrived for me during "The Way That He Sings," with the wings inside beating even stronger during an explosively liberating "I'm Amazed."

I suspect the way MMJ makes some of us feel is akin to what a new Platters or Steve Wonder single used to do to people – sudden, beautifully composed reminders of the loveliness and sadness of this world, resonant yin & yang you can sing-along to. Morning Jacket's increased willingness to be unguardedly pretty, sweet and honest (to wit, the stunning readings of "Sec Walkin" and "Thank You Too!") encourages us to drop our coolness and just swoon, which many folks did. I found myself slow dancing with a tipsy stranger on the way to the restroom during "Golden" (introduced by James as "that fall nostalgia feeling that creeps into all your blood vessels") and similar outbursts of connectivity and irrepressible happiness broke out around me all night.

My Morning Jacket :: 09.19 :: Greek by Vann
By the time we were asked "So, are you ready to go?" on "Mahgeetah," most were already well into the journey, the mind-body connection near total with the band rollicking their hearts out onstage. Always thankful for the gift of presence (i.e. feeling fully engaged in the immediate moment), I looked around, brushing sweaty hair and tiny raindrops from my glasses, and noticed how rapt and glowing most of the crowd was. Most of us let out a breathy sigh during "Librarian," which froze time and stilled the air in the way McCartney's "Yesterday" or Gillian Welch's "Time The Revelator" can, though I'd argue MMJ's slice of life is the strongest in the bunch simply because it takes giant size ideas (mirrors, body image, sexual politics, real world politics) and folds them into a moment we can all relate to. Who hasn't longed in the very fiber of their being for someone they've only seen from afar? Who hasn't imagined a life of quiet delight with a stranger amongst the stacks? If you haven't, I feel a little sorry for you, and if you have, well, this song will bring all those emotions right back up to the surface in ways that may make you blush.

Even without the angelic association it's apparent just by mood and scope that "Gideon" is holy music, particularly when it melts into "Dondante" with patient space rock flair. Pink Floyd-esque? Sort of, but MMJ's ramblers have an off-kilter nature that wouldn't sit well with control freaks like Gilmour or Waters. There's usually a little mess in ecstatic worship and this pair had a fair amount of noodle slop over their long minutes but the atmosphere was complete and intoxicating nonetheless.

Jim James :: 09.19 :: Greek by Vann
What else to note? The 1980 disco undercurrent to a strobe light addled "Touch Me Pt. 2" was swell and made me wish some waif in spaghetti straps and stilettos were dragging me off to the loo to do comically huge lines off her compact. Ah, memories. Main set closing "Run Thru" was its usual heavy anxiety monster, and set us up nicely for the sunnier seven-song encore, where James saluted Bay Area folks as "a bunch of fuckin' awesome weirdoes, just like us. You remind us that weirdness is alive and well."

Anyone who doesn't want their tonsils coated by the peanut butter pudding surprise of "Highly Suspicious" can bite me. Two times. Unfurled with Prince-ian abandon, "Suspicious" reminded us that real soul is strange, truly a hamhock in your cornflakes. Cape returned for "Lay Low," which was given a street patter delivery over the crying unison guitars. "One Big Holiday" closed the evening, and without hype it is their "Freebird" or "Green Grass and High Tides" in concert, a song of majestic, unifying largeness. And you should have heard how we punched the "California" when he sang about the bad man!

Stumbling into the street, cheeks sore from grinning, I could only think, "If you didn't have a good time tonight then you didn't want to." My Morning Jacket offers us a gift each time they plug in. It's up to us to receive it, and in the best world, to return it to them ("cause everything'd be great/ everything'd be good/ if everybody gave like everybody could"). Enjoying the cool but now clear night in Berkeley, I wanted for nothing and a casual survey of those around me said the feeling was largely mutual. Maybe they could have used a little 1984 Van Halen style pyrotechnics and some lasers, but other than that everything one could want from a rock show was there and then some. But it's true, lasers would be cool.

Jim James - My Morning Jacket :: 09.19 :: The Greek by Jay Blakesberg
09.19.08 :: Greek Theatre :: Berkeley, CA
Evil Urges, Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt.1, Off The Record, Aluminum Park, The Way That He Sings, I'm Amazed, What A Wonderful Man, Sec Walkin, War Begun, Dancefloors, Thank You Too!, Mahgeetah, Golden, Librarian, Phone Went West, Gideon, Dondante, Smoking From Shootin, Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt.2, Run Thru
Encore: Wordless Chorus, Highly Suspicious, Cobra, Rollin Back, Lay Low, Anytime, One Big Holiday

Continue reading for more images of MMJ at The Greek... Images by: Dave Vann

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Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 04:23PM
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Chaloupka

Looks like good times!

jimmy row Mon 9/22/2008 04:34PM
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whoa!

funkislove starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 04:34PM
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Dennis,

Thanks so much for your spot on review of a show we've been waiting for here in the bay for a long time...the Jacket spreading their majestic owl-like wings in an arena like the Greek. I think the crowd warmed to give the band what they needed in order to deliver the Best of the Best for us.

Way to go BayArea and big thanks to the most un-jaded, creative and generous band in rock n' roll today.

PooDolla Mon 9/22/2008 04:37PM
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PooDolla

Cool pictures.

Natey starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 05:06PM
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Natey

This was one of the best shows, out of many, many, that I have seen in the last 15 years at the Greek. Phish, WSP w/ Santana, and now this go in my mental library. The band AND the fans were really flowing. Great pics of the drummers' cheerleader-like-arm-syncopation...their lights have really progressed. Fun shit. Perfect weather for MMJ

Dobbers starstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 05:06PM
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Dobbers

Seeing 'em on 10.3 at the riverside in Milwaukee, been waiting like 3 years and I cant wait! Great review, getting me even more stoked.

iwantstogetfunkedup starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 05:38PM
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This show was as great as the pics make it look! I loved seeing MMJ in my favorite venue of all time. The Greek makes for a grand stage for any band, but MMJ more than did it justice. Nice review.

moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 05:43PM
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moephishH2O

This saturday at Edgefield! Can't freakin' wait!!!

brooklynite84 Mon 9/22/2008 06:13PM
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The band looks great and i'm really excited that i'm seeing them tomorrow in AZ! I've stated before how i love the fact this state is so ignorant with their musical tastes and how nobody knows who this band is and how they are shaking up the industry...they are a rockin show and i can't wait to see them again!

NittyGritty starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 06:16PM
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NittyGritty

new years is going to be sick

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 07:21PM
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MMJ! NYE! MSG! Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

Flat5 starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 07:21PM
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Flat5

do yourself a favor and go see these guys. rock!

oboyler Mon 9/22/2008 07:38PM
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oboyler

i cant believe i have to wait a full 3 months to see these guys but is there any better first time seeing them than new years eve at the garden? i cant wait im already anticipating a life changing night.

insignia starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 08:49PM
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curtbraski starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 10:22PM
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curtbraski

it is intense! very very intense...

Muffinman1 Mon 9/22/2008 11:11PM
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Muffinman1

NYE is gonna be the sickest show ever! I can't wait. These dudes rock!!!!

Window starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 11:46PM
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insignia: Set 1 was 2 hours. They took a 5 minute break and returned to rock us for another 45 minutes. Your "over the top" comment is meaningless.

Mark Price former NBA star Tue 9/23/2008 02:51AM
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Mark Price former NBA star

Insignia...Really? you really made that comment...WOW.

jewadamandtheisraelites Tue 9/23/2008 05:05AM
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bold99 Tue 9/23/2008 05:41AM
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Keep the reviews coming, keep the "over the top" encores coming. Best F#$#$ing band around! NYE is going to epic.

phanatic2 starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 07:19AM
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The Show in Boston was insane, some however many thousand people came to see them in a terrible rainstorm which was the remnants of Hurricane Hanna. However the energy there was incredible and almost everyone did not leave there seats for almost 3 hours. Best concert of 08. If the Jammys were being held next year, this would surely be the best tour.

Climb Captain Fantasy Tue 9/23/2008 08:56AM
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toestothenose Tue 9/23/2008 09:24AM
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toestothenose

Sweet take DC!

question to LooseLouis - Why do you think they are terrible?

Do you not dig thoughtful, passionate, well-delivered music?

Do you not enjoy tremendous peaks and wide open valleys of sound set off with raging headbang to deeply funky, danceable moments?

Do you not like a singer who can hit one of the widest ranges going today?

After taking in a slice of music this summer as varied as the nations on the earth - MMJ's show stood out as an exceptional live concerts. I guess that's why JB loves em so much because MMJ is on top of their game.

It's exciting to follow them as they continue to dominate only getting better with each new album and tour.

There is alot of terrible music out there to call out MMJ just struck me as funny - but to each his own.

jfizer starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 09:28AM
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jfizer

Best band on earth right now!! Chicago's only a few weeks away!

Grateful Red starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 09:29AM
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Grateful Red

So I am seeing them tonight in Tempe and this review has got me uber excited and I still gotta finish out my day at work!!!

Climb Captain Fantasy Tue 9/23/2008 09:36AM
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Climb Captain Fantasy Tue 9/23/2008 09:58AM
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Climb Captain Fantasy

p.s. toestothenose your picture is pretty bad ass

DAMONCORY starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 10:22AM
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DAMONCORY

I always thought this band was just OK, but I would get bored after a few songs. Like many artists I have been turned on to, it took one night in the right frame of mind to really get me into the songs. The Okonokos DVD did the trick. I have not seen them live & can not wait for the MPLS show 10-2!

toestothenose Tue 9/23/2008 10:31AM
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toestothenose

Louis - Glad you dig the pic - was from an electric factory RD show 4 years ago. Seriously - any reason why you hate them w/ a passion? Dali at least said they bored him in the beginning. What show review should have been here in place of Cook's bang-up greek review?

jewadamandtheisraelites Tue 9/23/2008 11:40AM
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maybe an Up-North festival review?

for JamBase to not have someone up there is pathetic.

Capaldius starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 11:48AM
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Capaldius

Levon Helm's Ramble at The Ryman Auditorium would have been a nice review. Heard it was a stellar show and had all star list of guest performers. The Jacket is the best live act on the road right now. If your gonna do 3 Jacket reviews in such a short period of time why not the Louisville and Red Rocks shows? Great review though.

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 11:58AM
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phunguy starstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 12:19PM
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phunguy

Nice Review. Incredible show. Sorry if you don't GET IT. And, btw, Jambase post LOTS of show reviews. Don't read if you don't like.

MSG is going to be incredible. This band is growing exponentially right now. By 12/31 they might be ready to explode.

Climb Captain Fantasy Tue 9/23/2008 12:43PM
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Climb Captain Fantasy

Ween's 2 night run at the Fillmore would of been a much better review.

Window Tue 9/23/2008 12:52PM
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OK -- let's not call it an encore -- let's call it Set 2. They played a total of 2 hours and 45 minutes of LIVE music that was electrifying. Damn Greek curfew...

slappymoe Tue 9/23/2008 01:27PM
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slappymoe

"i just hate them with a passion"

unfortunately, this means you were born without a soul.

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 02:10PM
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sunnbear

Saw them at the L.A. Greek on Sunday. Simply put...Amazing! Just thinking about Dondante gives me the chills. Best band touring right now!

goldnugz Tue 9/23/2008 02:14PM
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goldnugz

see you in chicago, cant wait!!

Jukebox Hero Tue 9/23/2008 02:47PM
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Jukebox Hero

The long (5+) encore is nothing unusual in many concerts. Before (and since) the dead, very few bands followed the 2 sets plus an encore format. Most shows had one set from multiple performers, often with an encore from the headliner at the end. Two set shows are the exception not the rule. I haven't seen them in a few years, but I know the Allmans were using the one long set followed by an extended encore for years (at least like 98-02). This is what Wilco does; it's what Springsteen does. It's not unusual at all except in the jamband (i.e. dead-influenced) scene.

On another note, keep the MMj reviews coming. Although the setlists don't vary too much from night to night (certainly more than some bands, but not as much as most jambands), the energy of the crowd and band is always worth a review. I been seeing these guys since they were playing coffee houses in Louisville and they just keep getting better. Can't fucking wait for the show at Edgefield this Saturday. Long live rock and roll!

kaiserbun starstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 03:41PM
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great band, they put on a very fun show. or i should say jim james puts on a fun show, you really don't recognize the other guys that much. they are extremely repetitive though, don't expect much change from show to show.

sschaffner Tue 9/23/2008 03:45PM
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sschaffner

i have to question anyone's taste in music if they seriously hate this band, or honestly think it's terrible. understandable if it doesn't do it for ya, but that would be like me saying panic is terrible. i don't enjoy it as much as others, but i give them mad respect, and i'm still willing to go see them live. also, 7 song encore/2nd set (whatever) = MMJ giving their fans everything they've got.

toestothenose Tue 9/23/2008 04:32PM
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toestothenose

Well LL I dig the bros Ween also - here's a recent little nugget(in lew of a review). Built to Spill 9/20/08 - Deaner and the Meat Puppets sat in w/ em for a ballsy "Car" encore".

Check it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoHq6zmFkBk

I'd highly reccomend you revisiting MMJ in the future to see if they have something that you hate less. They are doing too many grand things to ignore.

TimMorrison Tue 9/23/2008 06:07PM
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TimMorrison

I was very disappointed in the LA Greek Theatre show. I felt the band was just one big tease. They pretty much played their songs verbatim as heard on their CDs. Though they did jam two or three times, these mini-jams only lasted one or two minutes at best. I love their songs but was expecting a much more impressive display of musicianship from a band that has garnered so much hype. Who else went to the LA show and what are your thoughts? Did anybody go the LA show and the Bay Area show? How did they compare?

Jack Straw Berry starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 07:31PM
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Jack Straw Berry

"I was very disappointed in the LA Greek Theatre show. I felt the band was just one big tease. They pretty much played their songs verbatim as heard on their CDs. Though they did jam two or three times, these mini-jams only lasted one or two minutes at best. I love their songs but was expecting a much more impressive display of musicianship from a band that has garnered so much hype. Who else went to the LA show and what are your thoughts? Did anybody go the LA show and the Bay Area show? How did they compare?"

...It was a great show, even if I'm not so keen on the new found popularity and having to share them with a ton more people...however, MMJ really isn't a "jam" band...Don't get me wrong, they rock like a mo fo, but they really don't improvise or go off script too much. Just cuz they may be the house band for a traditionally jam band festival and have hair is no reason to expect a 17 minute One Big Holiday - Drums - Space - Golden reprise jam. They are more focused on tunes/hooks at this point it seems, so the long winded freakouts aren't happening. Part of the climb up the rock ladder, perhaps? Yes, it was fun to see them in smaller venues with lower expectations and a more casual approach to the sets.... but the Greek (Berkeley) was good fun too. Jim is pushing the envelope vocally as much as ever the other night, so there not entirely playing it safe these days.

Jack Straw Berry starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 07:35PM
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Jack Straw Berry

"the dead didn't play too many 2 song encores, but when they did it was to treat the fans and themselves for a rockin performance, now i know i'll get some neg nods bc of the biscuits comment but a seven song encore is too much."

...but does anyone remember a few years back when (at the fillmore wasn't it?) Pavement played 3 encores...the 3rd one after at least half the people had left and the lights/Greensleaves had already come on?! Yes, 7 songs is too many for an encore, but we were glad to hear it...Victim of the curfew I suppose, as that's really kind of a short show for them...especially due to the late start imposed by Ma Nature's drizzle

curtbraski Tue 9/23/2008 08:10PM
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curtbraski

okay anyone bitching about the 7 song encore is a complete moron especially the fucking moron with the bisco comment... one of the worst concerts i have ever seen and i was on a bunch of good x

mattguff9 Tue 9/23/2008 08:24PM
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mattguff9

minneapolis in 9 days...can't wait. viva kentucky music

bubbarock starstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 09:19PM
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bubbarock

I'm really glad the band rocked...most everyone had a great time...but I'm pretty miffed (and confused) why Las Vegas AND Bozeman shows got cancelled because of "scheduling conflicts" !? Those are the only 2 shows of the tour I had tickets for, and could go to. What's up MMJ? Didn't sell enough tickets in Bozeman?

bubbarock Tue 9/23/2008 09:32PM
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bubbarock

And...I'm glad I have tickets for Widespread Panic in Denver for NYE...cause I know they don't cancel because of "scheduling conflicts". Have fun in NYC.

willydog Tue 9/23/2008 09:53PM
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willydog

One of the greatest rock and roll bands going. Took the show to the head. Charged across the Bay Bridge....hit EOTO at Mojito's for second set w/ Kang. WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!

Conjugal Burning Wed 9/24/2008 07:17AM
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Conjugal Burning

i love JJ's voice, but one of the widest ranges going today? not too sure about that one. The high notes he hits live are decent but usually ends with a not so great scream. Volta's Cedric.... now that fella has got some range

barnylee starstarstarstar Wed 9/24/2008 08:54AM
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barnylee

I love MMJ and just caught them in DC. They're def on a major roll right now. JJ's voice was masterful. The band sounded tight, with an exceptional light show. My vibe is that they do in fact play a similar show each night. (Always ending with their "Freebird", OBH) But I guess that's the direction they're going in with their tremendous growth, expanding into the mainstream of music. I don't have a problem with that, that's where the money is! Well deserved! I just dig variations in setlists too.

brooklynite84 Wed 9/24/2008 10:02AM
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Just saw them last night here in Tempe and they blew the roof off, even better than the last time they were here. They played a good 2+hrs of music, i was hoping for at least one more long good jam, but oh well, i was happy to get to see this band again and to do it the year they are doing MSG/NYE! If i would've known they were gonna be in Tucson tonight, i would go to that one too, if you haven't seen this band, do it once in your life ASAP, they are a Great American Rock Band!

mojowrkn starstarstar Wed 9/24/2008 10:31AM
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mojowrkn

Ive tried really hard to like these guys and I do like about half of the last album. But they just arent very good musicians the missed cues and bad notes really turned me off in a big way.

I agree with August West there isnt much "jamming" in this band and thats fine. I think the jamband "branding" of these guys is smart though, hippies will eat whatever you put in front of them.

oboyler Wed 9/24/2008 10:33AM
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oboyler

mahgeetah at midnight on nye. for sure.

bluefox starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/24/2008 11:18AM
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bluefox

I thought this was an awesome show and I dug it for sure but those who were commenting on the lack of jamming are totally on point. They do very good renditions of their songs but stick pretty much to the album format. Yeah some solos or vocals are a bit different but there is almost no improv. That said these guys write some amazing songs and I really love their material. I'm looking forward to seeing them at MSG for NYE!

beth starstarstarstar Wed 9/24/2008 03:53PM
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beth

Reading this review made me even more excited for this Sat. at Edgefield!!!! BEST LIVE BAND! I'm glad they don't drag their songs out. I like them the way they are. They don't need to jam because they ROCK!

Jukebox Hero Wed 9/24/2008 06:49PM
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Jukebox Hero

"They don't need to jam because they ROCK!" --> I couldn't have said it better. The Edgefield show is gonna be hot! I'll be the tall redhead up front screaming my head off. Can't wait.

Runde starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/24/2008 11:33PM
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Runde

1st time for MMJ and one of my best shows of 2008!

haggardphunk Thu 9/25/2008 09:40AM
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got NYE?

headkayce starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/25/2008 08:03PM
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"If you didn't have a good time tonight, you didn't want to". Well said, Denis!

timmytucker34 Fri 9/26/2008 10:21AM
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Saw them for the first time last night @ SDSU. F'n phenomenal show. Anyone who knocks the 5+ song encore/2nd set, whatever you wanna call it, obviously didn't experience it first hand...I got turned on by the okonokos discs a while back and would definitly see these guys again. Great energy...

HoodooVoodoo Sun 9/28/2008 10:40AM
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HoodooVoodoo

I saw them at the SDSU Open Air Theater the other night too. I was definitely more impressed with this show than the previous time I saw them, but I still think that they don't quite live up to all the attention that they are given. Good show though overall.

mike_ruth07 starstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 01:22PM
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They are the most powerful and emotional live act out there right now, that you don't need drugs to enjoy. If anyone was at their Bonnaroo show this year (or any year) they would know.

Conjugal Burning Tue 9/30/2008 12:47PM
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Conjugal Burning

^^their sunday afternoon set at b-roo 05 was a lot like every other time I've seen them... just dreary and borderline generic. The big heads were kinda cool, but "the most powerful and emotional live act out there right now"??? i dont think so. I guess different perceptions of 'powerful' and 'emotional' are being felt here, but jeez peeps go see a VOLTA show.