“The record is arguably the most adventurous and nakedly emotional thing James has done”
Jim James is thrilled to announce his full US tour in support of his forthcoming debut solo album Regions Of Light And Sound Of God, out February 5 on ATO Records. “Hello friends!” says Jim. “I have put together a special band of some of my oldest pals to help bring this album to life on the road! We are very excited about it and cant wait to bring it to light! See ya out on the open road!” The nine songs on this album resist easy categorization, grasping influence of old-school R&B to island folk to hip-hop, each flickering into focus and then disappear throughout the album. 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,” Regions of Light and Sound of God is complex but cohesive, intimate and hypnotic where My Morning Jacket might turn more wide-screen and epic. Today, Jim is revealing the first listen of the album on NPR.
General on sales for the tour begin this weekend while Roll Call members (My Morning Jacket fan club) have first access pre-sales this Wednesday at 12noon EST. For the duration of the tour, a percentage of proceeds of every ticket will benefit Cancer Research Hospital and Treatment Center, City Of Hope. Along with his upcoming tour dates, Jim will also be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on February 4th alongside The Roots. The following day (February 5th) he will return to Jimmy Fallon, sitting in for the entire show as a guest performer.
“The album knew what it wanted to be,” says James. “The 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.”
Jim James Tour Dates
2/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s SOLD OUT
2/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg SOLD OUT
2/20: New York, NY @ McKittrick Hotel SOLD OUT
4/17: Louisville, KY @ Brown Theatre
4/19: Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
4/20: Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
4/21: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
4/23: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
4/24: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/26: Boston, MA @ Royale
4/27: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
4/30: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
5/2: Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
5/3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
5/6: Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
5/7: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
5/9: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
5/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
5/12: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/14: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
5/15: Seattle, WA @ Neptune
Pre-order the album HERE
Click HERE for Tour Announcement Video
“lush, epic-sounding songs with a tight musical focus”
– Time Magazine
“a spectacular live band… now approaching the height of its powers”
– New York Times
Fresh on the heels of their performance at the Austin City Limits Festival this past weekend, My Morning Jacket are showing no signs of slowing down since the release of their latest album, Circuital. The band are announcing a run of shows with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Delta Spirit and Band of Horses supporting select dates. Sharon Jones will join MMJ at The Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco and The Gibson in Los Angeles. Delta Spirit will be supporting in other select markets.
My Morning Jacket will be returning to Madison Square Garden, where they played an unforgettable show to ring in New Year’s Eve in 2008. For their second appearance at the world renowned venue, the band will be joined by Band of Horses.
My Morning Jacket have had a busy summer. Since releasing Circuital they played triumphant performances on Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza’s main stages, contributed to the recently released Buddy Holly and Muppets tribute albums and preformed their entire new full length for KCRW – which you can see/hear HERE. They have also released a surreal and psychedelic video for the single “Holdin’ On To Black Metal,” which can be seen HERE.
My Morning Jacket US Tour Dates
% = with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
* = with Delta Spirit
^ = with Band of Horses
10/20: Nashville, TN @ Vanderbilt University, Memorial Gymnasium
12/01: Los Angeles, CA @ The Gibson%
12/02: San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic%
12/06: Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theatre*
12/07: Dallas, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre*
12/08: Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre*
12/10: Boca Raton, FL @ Sunset Cove*
12/11: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live*
12/12: Greensboro, NC @ War Memorial Auditorium*
12/14: New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden^
Bonnaroo celebrated it’s tenth anniversary with an all out assault of the senses adding the “Big Ass Water slide”, a giant cuckoo clock, parachutists dropping thousands of blinking lights over the entire festival as Arcade Fire wrapped up its Friday evening set and fireworks after Eminem’s show on Saturday. The cell phone service is much improved from past years.
The festival attendees estimated at nearly 100,000 fought through searing heat, extreme dusty fields and crowded tents the entire weekend. Restroom lines where long and free water was at a premium. Fans waited as long as nine hours for a prime spot in front of the stage for their favorite bands. The daytime crowd outside the main stage was estimated at 50,000 for Mumford and Sons at the Which Stage.
Celebrities were in force backstage and in the pit area of shows. Ron Jeremy took in Grace Potter and Mumford and Son’s. Kareem Abdul Jabbar, John, Waters and Faith Hill along with members of SNL and visited with musicians and attend many shows.
The Festival is a well organized machine that takes everything into consideration outside the music to insure the safest and most convenient surroundings possible considering the site is held on what was once acres of farmland.
The festival began on Thursday, I watched parts of shows by Futurebirds, Freelance Whales,The Walkmen, The Sleigh Bells and Deerhunter.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday was a non stop race from stage to stage trying to catch all the music possible, its quite exhausting fighting the heat, crowds and walking miles through the site.
Sometimes you just stop and take in the happenings around you. Watching people lined up at the mushroom fountain to get their best version of a shower and cool off for the day. You have to notice the attire of the diverse crowd, from bikinis to tie dye and everything you can imagine in between.
Although the fan base is getting younger in the seven years I have attended, there are all ages of people and everyone seems to get along and its a peaceful event, everyone is there to enjoy the music and the sites of the festival.
It’s impossible to take in even half of the music, comedy and other events of the festival. You are forced to plan your activities during this event and always leave with regrets over what you didn’t get to before leaving.
Bonnaroo is a marathon not a sprint, I didn’t see everything but here is my lists of the best events of the weekend.
As the event has progressed more bands are limiting the amount of photographers, so don’t look for Eminem, Buffalo Springfield or Arcade Fire photos. It’s a sad trend that I don’t expect to change.
My Morning Jacket – Louisville’s finest has become one of the finest live bands you will ever see.
Buffalo Springfield – “Keep on Rocking in the Free World” was the standout song of the festival
Robert Plant -mixing Zeppelin songs with his latest music made for a classic set
Eminem even us non hip hop fans liked this show
The Super Jam with Dr John and Dan Auerbach and guests
The Warren Haynes Band- a rock soul filled sho
Gregg Allman Band- still the best blues voice in rock
Dr John and The Meters
The Black Keys
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Loretta Lynn still a legend
Shows I wish I had seen.
- Deer Tick
- String Cheese Incident – Human Moth held over stage by helium balloons and a 30 ft dinosaur.
- Explosions in the Sky
- The League Comedy Show
Most Impressive bands I haven’t listened to.
- Florence and The Machine- Largest audience ever in the This Tent history
- GraveYard- Swedish band sounds like early Black Sabbath
- Deer Hunter
- The Sheepdogs
- Gary Clarke Jr – serious blues
- Smith and Westerns
- Mavis Staples- incredible voice