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Jim James Announces North American Tour, Louisville 2/17

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 28, 2013
Jim James

Jim James

“The record is arguably the most adventurous and nakedly emotional thing James has done”
- Stereogum
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
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My Morning Jacket Announce December Tour Dates, Return to Madison Square Garden

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 19, 2011

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^

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My Morning Jacket Take Over YouTube’s Homepage, Premiere Video for “Holdin On To Black Metal”

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 3, 2011
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Curated by the Band, and More

Louisville, Kentucky’s My Morning Jacket take over YouTube today with 4 clips featured on the site’s homepage, including the premiere of the eye-popping, surreal video for “Holdin On To Black Metal.”  The guys gave a early preview of the video  last night when several members posted it on their Google+ accounts, resulting in one of the first music video premieres shared within Google’s new social network.

Fans can also check out a special intro to the video, which is also an invite to catch the group live at Lollapalooza this weekend (set time is 8pm EDT this Saturday, August 6th).  Additionally My Morning Jacket have curated a playlist of 18 videos of some of their favorite musical moments by artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Nicks, and Loretta Lynn.

The video for “Black Metal” was filmed during whirlwind period shortly before the quintent’s new album, Circuital, was released while the band was getting ready for their big hometown show (filmed by Todd Haynes for AmEx’s Unstaged series.)  The band kept things local by working with the Louisville-based Sole Solution Studio for the clip, and filmed it at the idiosyncratic local watering hole Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium.  The video also includes footage from the Jacket’s electrifying 2011 Bonnaroo performance.  The guys kick off the next leg of their US tour tonight in St. Louis and will play select dates with Neko Case as the opener during August.

My Morning Jacket US Tour Dates:

* = w/Neko Case

8/2: St. Louis, MO The Pageant
8/3: Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
8/4: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/7: Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park*
8/8: Columbus, OH LC Pavilion*
8/10: Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE*
8/12: Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion*
8/13: Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival*
8/14: Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion*
8/16: Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook*
8/17: Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center*
8/19: Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*
8/20: Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*
8/21: Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater*
8/23: Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts*
8/24:  Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion*
9/17: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

European Tour Dates:

11/2: Gladgow, GB @ ABC
11/3: Birmingham, UK @ Institute
11/5: Leeds, UK @ Academy
11/6: Manchester, GB @ Academy
11/7: London, UK @ Roundhouse
11/8: Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion
11/10: Antwerp, BE @ Trix
11/11: Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
11/12: Koln, DE @ Luxor
11/4: Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/16: Berlin, DE @ Festall Kreuuzburg
11/17: Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
11/18: Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
11/19: Stockholm, SE @ Munchem Brewery

Yim Yames Solo:

9/17: Austin, TX @ STUBB’s (ACL Aftershow with Iron & Wine)

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Bonnaroo 2011

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 18, 2011

Bonnaroo 2011

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.

  Best Performances

        My Morning Jacket – Louisville’s finest has become one of the finest live bands you will ever see.

Arcade Fire

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

Allison Krauss

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

The Decemberists

Loretta Lynn still a legend



Shows I wish I had seen.


  1. Deer Tick
  2. String Cheese Incident – Human Moth held over stage by helium balloons and a 30 ft dinosaur.
  3. Explosions in the Sky
  4. The League Comedy Show
  5. Primus



Most Impressive bands I haven’t listened to.

  1. Florence and The Machine- Largest audience ever in the This Tent history
  2. GraveYard- Swedish band sounds like early Black Sabbath
  3. Deer Hunter
  4. The Sheepdogs
  5. Gary Clarke Jr – serious blues
  6. Smith and Westerns
  7. Mavis Staples-  incredible voice

Bonnaroo 2011 The crowd from Strokes point of view

Bonnaroo 2011 Super Jam with Dan Auerbach and Dr John

Florence and The MachineAllison Krauss

My Morning Jacket

Neil Young

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2011 Hangout Festival

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 6, 2011

The Hangout Festival

When the Hangout Festival  announced the 2011 lineup , there was little question that the festival organizers were serious about making it a major music event. With headliners such as Widespread PanicThe Foo Fighters, and Paul Simon, along with many of the music’s hottest artists brought immediate attention to the festival.

The 2010 Festival was attended by approximately 15,000 people. This year The Hangout Festival sold all 35,000 tickets including, 300 Big Kahuna ($900), and 1000 VIP ($500) which included a swimming pool along with special access to all stages.

Beautiful weather and five stages full of top acts on the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama made for an amazing event. This event differs from many of the other festivals in the fact that there is no sanctioned camping, the festival grounds are long and not as wide open, both main stages offer large viewing screens and the grounds host a ferris wheel and tower ride.

Friday was highlighted by stellar performances by Umphrey’s McGee, the energy of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, a soulful set from The Warren Haynes Band, a monster set by My Morning Jacket. Widespread Panic finished the day with a blistering performance followed by a fifteen minute fireworks display.

Saturday was a day full of amazing performances, including Primus, Avett Brothers, Pretty Lights, and the Flaming Lips. A surprise early set from Foo Fighters that included rock classics, “Schools Out, Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and a collaboration with Cee Lo Green. The Foo Fighters evening set was a powerful display of heavy metal that left all involved exhausted.

Sunday brought another sun filled day and hot music. Matisyahu, Amos Lee, Ween, and Michael Franti revved the crowd up for a stellar  show by The Black Keys. Paul Simon was the perfect act for the final performance of the festival, his beautiful voice and legendary music was just the what was needed for the worn out sun soaked fans.

The Hangout Festival has arrived as one of the South’s top festival’s in a matter of two short years. This event should be on your bucket list. But don’t wait long to get your tickets.

Black Keys


Paul Simon

Michael Franti

The Hangout Festival


My Morning Jacket

Ear-X tacy Extravaganza

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 28, 2010

I waited for this show before putting the final touches on my best of 2010. It was the correct decision. The benefit to save  ear X- tacy, the landmark local record store, sold out Headliners Music Hall and brought many of Louisville’s top musicians out pleading with the audience to keep our city from becoming a box cutter town full of out of town chain businesses.

Jim James, of My Morning Jacket thanked the audience for supporting the show stating, “ We travel a lot on tour and every city seems the same. Local businesses like ear X tacy make our city real. This is the place we go to discuss our music, and share our stories. We have all grow up spending our youth shopping and learning about new music there”.

The employees of the store, with the help of Production Simple organized the benefit, contacting the musicians and venue. It was all done without the knowledge of store owner, John Timmons who remarked,” I wouldn’t have asked for this. It’s the best Christmas present I have ever received,”

Scott Carney of Wax Fang began the show with a beautiful acoustic four song set, displaying his wonderful voice. Carneys’s voice sometimes goes unnoticed in the heavier sounds of his band. This set allowed you to understand how talented he is.

The Watson Twins followed with a soulful set that featured MMJ’s Patrick Hallahan on drums.

When Ben Sollee walked out with his cello the excitement continued to grow. The talented local favorite played his unique style of music brilliantly and was joined by Jim James for two inspiring numbers to end the set.

Cabin led by Noah Hewitt-Ball whose angelic vocals and range along with his bandmates came out specifically for this show.  “ We weren’t planning on playing for a while but when I got this call, I said count us in”.

By the time Jim James and Patrick Hallahan took the stage the show was into it’s third hour. The audience was primed and ready for the pair of My Morning Jacket members to put an exclamation mark on a legendary show.

As the pair began with a grunge version of “Ill be Home for Christmas” it was clear that these guys were up to the challenge of finishing the show with a bang. With James  playing bass, acoustic guitar and mixing sound from his distortion box, while Hallahan furnished his usual powerful drumming as backing they played many fascinating versions of My Morning Jacket’s most popular songs.

The genius of Jim James is evident. He continues to  rearrange his songs in a way only he can conceive, It is always enjoyable and amazing to see him in different elements from his band. The music and energy takes off when James hits the stage, he is controlled by it. They finished the set with “One Big Holiday” which included the normal guitar solo played on the bass and thanked ear X tacy for giving them the opportunity to find music and friends while growing up. “Thank you for supporting the store now go tell your friends to buy there too!”

John Timmonds stood by the exit thanking everyone for their  continued support through the years. Let’s hope this show was recorded as part of this benefit. It was a night worth reliving.

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