I wish The Ross Sea Party could play a free show just down the street from my apartment once a week FOREVER because I'd be there EVERY time. But, alas, it's time for RSP to move on to bigger & better things. Soon, Central will be far too small a venue to contain all the soon-to-be crazed RSP fans. RSP is about to drop their 1st studio album &, after that, the sky's the limit. I'm honored to call all 5 members of The Ross Sea Party my friends & I'm looking forward witnessing their inevitably increasing success.
P.S. The Dead Ships rock too! Don't miss their next set at Central in support of The Muddy Reds' Tuesday night September residency!
I came for Lord Huron & stayed for Cults. I'm now officially obsessed with Lord Huron & officially OVER Cults. They just can't carry a live performance. Lord Huron, on the other hand, CAN & they're fantastic. I'm already looking forward to the next time I get to see LH...ideally in a setting where people aren't chatting over the music the entire time :-P. Regardless, Friday night's show at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA was a very cool FREE event.
Despite my Outside Lands 2012 experience ending rather dramatically when I rushed out of Golden Gate Park in tears on Sunday night ~7:30pm in the middle of Bloc Party's super rad set because my cat Cleo was in a veterinarian's ER & my roommate needed me to get somewhere with reception in order to talk to the doctor (Cleo's doing much better now though, thank god!), I had yet another fabulous weekend attending Outside Lands for my 5th year in row. The 1st year of Outside Lands was in August 2008 &, on day 1, I was lucky enough to see The Black Keys, Beck AND Radiohead for my 1st time! This fest definitely has some logistical issues (i.e. acoustical problems, overselling tickets, etc) & I hope they someday work those issues out but I still manage to have a blast every year!
I was only able to catch a few songs of Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene)'s set at Outside Lands in SF last weekend (I'll get my fest coverage post up shortly!) but I really dug what I heard & am already looking forward to seeing him again the next chance I get.
So, after my 1st trip to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday night, I woke up on Sunday morning just DYING to go back &, because I wasn't flying out of Denver until Monday morning, I begged & pleaded & eventually was able to convince my Coloradan friend (who'd made other Sunday evening plans for us) to take me back to Red Rocks to see Alabama Shakes & Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
The only glitch was we didn't have tickets so we had to wander around people's tailgates searching for 2 tickets. We found 1 ticket right away but snagging the 2nd was a lot more work AND we ended up spending over $300 on 2 tickets when, the night before, for My Morning Jacket & Band of Horses at Red Rocks, my friends & I had only spent $50 per ticket. Granted, the face value for Neil Young tickets ranged form $125-175 so it's not exactly like we were ripped off. It was just a big price increase over the previous night's show.
Luckily, I absolutely LOVED Alabama Shakes because Neil Young didn't exactly thrill me & getting to go back to Red Rocks for a 2nd night in a row TOTALLY thrilled me! It really is a magical place.
MMJ Night #2 Group Shot Courtesy of Evan Fletcher Close
A few months ago, when I first discovered My Morning Jacket was scheduled to play 2 nights in a row at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on 8/3 & 8/4, I daydreamed about going to Red Rocks for my 1st time ever to see my FAVORITE live band MMJ for the 8th time. For years, people have been telling me, if I love The Gorge (as much as I unconditionally do), I'd most definitely be a fan of Red Rocks. Then, once I realized Outside Lands in SF was the very next weekend, I decided I probably wouldn't be able to manage (or afford) a trip to Denver the 1st weekend of August followed by a 4-day trip to San Francisco the next weekend. Luckily, it turned out, by way of some serious last minute planning, I was able to squeeze Red Rocks into my schedule & my 1st visit to Colorado was all I could've hoped it'd be & more :-D
I feel extremely fortunate to have witnessed such an epic My Morning Jacket performance on Saturday night in what is now the 2nd most beautiful place I've ever seen a show. MMJ played for almost 3 hours & each song was pure perfection, including some unbelievable covers (see the full setlist below) & guest appearances by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell & John Oates of Hall & Oates (who Jim James so eloquently & hilariously introduced as "Motherfuckin' John Oates!").
Phone Went West
One of the top highlights of the evening was MMJ's 17-minute rendition of my all-time favorite MMJ song Dondante. Because MMJ had played on Friday night as well & I'd been told they wouldn't be repeating a single song from Friday's setlist, I was worried I'd already missed Dondante. I was scared to ask anyone lucky enough to attend both nights if MMJ had, in fact, already played Dondante because I almost didn't want to know just so I could hold out hope but, right before the show, I caved by asking 1 of my friends anyway & was SO thrilled to learn they hadn't played it yet! Be sure to watch the video I "borrowed" below to get an idea of why that song means SO very much to me.
The Gorge still trumps all other venues, in my opinion, but Red Rocks is a VERY close 2nd. I liked it so much I went back on Sunday night (dropping 3x as much as I did on my MMJ ticket) to see Alabama Shakes & Neil Young & Crazy Horse. See tomorrow's post for more on that one...
Band of Horses
MMJ's Saturday night setlist:
Xmas CurtainIt Beats 4 U I’m Amazed Lay Low Highly Suspicious The Day Is Coming They Ran The Bear Golden Honest Man Steam Engine Isn’t It A Pity with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses Magheeta Touch Me Part 2 Moving Away Dondante Smokin From Shootin Run Thru It Makes No Difference Phone Went West (see my video above)
ENCORE Bermuda Highway (Jim Solo Acoustic) I Will Be There When You Die (Jim Solo Acoustic) = SO beautiful it brought tears to my eyes (listen to the recorded version below) Where to Begin Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ Move On Up with John Oates and Trombone Shorty & Members Of Orleans Avenue Dancefloors with Trombone Shorty + Members Of Orleans Avenue One Big Holiday