On this date in 2013, Louisville rockers My Morning Jacket headlined a free concert held in New York City’s Times Square as part of the short-lived CBGB Festival. Jim James and Co. kicked out a powerful eight-song set at an event that also saw sets from James Murphy, Divine Fits, Grizzly Bear, The Wallflowers and more.
Introduced by DJ Matt Pinfield as perhaps “the best band to ever come out of Kentucky,” My Morning Jacket opened up with the title track off 2011’s Circuital. Despite a long layoff since their last show, there was no sign of rust in MMJ’s performance as they moved through classics “It Beats 4 U” and “I’m Amazed.” With little fanfare Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard, tUnE-yArDs mastermind Merrill Garbus and the Antibalas horns came on to the stage to help the Louisville rockers cover “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Em” by Fela Kuti, which they had all played the previous night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Jim James showed off the stage presence that separates MMJ from their peers during “Wordless Chorus” as he engaged members of the crowd including a young girl sporting a My Morning Jacket t-shirt who turned bright red when the singer waved at her. James then donned a cape for a masterful performance of “Victory Dance” before bringing the Antibalas horns back out as well as Jakob Dylan for a raucous take on “Don’t Do It” played in the style of The Band. The horns remained on stage as MMJ brought the set to a close with “One Big Holiday.” Check out audio and video of the set below:
Full Set Video (Captured by LazyLightning55)
Full Set Audio (Taped by Scott Bernstein)
My Morning Jacket at Times Square
- It Beats 4 U
- I'm Amazed
- Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am
- Victory Dance
- Wordless Chorus
- Baby Don't You Do It
- One Big Holiday
[Originally Published: October 12, 2016]
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