My Morning Jacket‘s destination event One Big Holiday hit day two on Saturday. The four-day, warm-weather getaway at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic featured an afternoon set from Toots & The Maytals, with Austin indie-rockers Spoon taking the stage ahead of My Morning Jacket’s second headlining performance. The five-piece continued the trend that they started on Friday night by offering up the next two studio albums in their catalog, delivering full live versions of It Still Moves and Z.
For their first of two sets last night, The Jacket worked their way through their much-beloved 2003 breakthrough release. The 12-track effort features some of their most anthemic, arena-sized material and is arguably the entry point album for anyone looking to be introduced to the music of My Morning Jacket. After appropriately opening with “Mageetah,” the first frame saw MMJ enlist the help of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a handful of tunes as the band worked their way through a number of heavy-hitters from their catalog. The augmented ensemble delivered takes on “Dancefloors,” “One Big Holiday” and “Easy Morning Rebel.”
While a number of the songs from It Still Moves are setlist staples, the Louisville-based band also delivered a handful of seldom played tunes from the album with “Master Plan” being played for just the eighth time since it was in semi-heavy rotation in 2015 and “Rollin’ Back” seeing action for the first time in three years. The biggest bust outs came in the form of “Just One Thing,” which was trotted out for just the tenth time in a decade and “One In The Same,” which hadn’t been played since October of 2010 – the last time MMJ had attempted the album in full.
Set two saw the Louisville-based band dig in on their 2005 release Z, the first album that features all the members of their current lineup. While It Still Moves was their big crunchy Southern-rock record, Z found Jim James & Co. fusing psychedelic rock with elements of soul and funk. Second set highlights included the opening run of tunes with takes on “Wordless Chorus,” “It Beats For You” and “Gideon.” “What A Wonderful Man,” which was once a frequent go-to and is now considered a rarity was played for just the seventh time since 2016. The additional bust outs came in the form of “Knot Comes,” which has only ever been performed live 25 times total and “Into The Woods,” which got dusted off for just the ninth time since 2006.
After delivering both albums in full MMJ finally played a stand-alone track when they returned for their encore. The band as looked to their 2002 EP Chocolate And Ice unleashing an epic version of “Cobra,” which clocks in on record at 20-plus-minutes to close out the night.
My Morning Jacket will take Sunday off and return to close out One Big Holiday on Monday night. Sylvan Esso and Portugal. The Man. have been tapped for tonight, with Hurray For The Riff Raff performing an afternoon set. Check out the full setlist below:
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