Music | My Morning Jacket | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | August 14 | Review and Photos

Red Rocks has always played host to some of the most epic performances we have ever seen. It seems customary that when a band plays here it saves its best effort for the world renowned venue. Most tours either start at Red Rocks or end there. My Morning Jacket has always played some of their most iconic sets here and Friday night was no different. With an almost three hour set the band ripped through some of their best hits that has come from the Kentucky band. With a few notable songs from their new album, Jim James and company captured the crowd from their opening number all the way through their final encore. You can almost sense a cult like following from the band similar to those who follow Phish and The Grateful Dead. With a southern alt-rock appeal to them the band conjures up a classical sound that distinguishes James's voice from any other. The band ripped through almost 30 songs on a perfect end of Summer night including hits such as "I'm Amazed," "Evil Urges," and "Mahgeetah". The concert itself was being streamed live to a world audience. Few bands have the swagger and confidence that MMJ brings to the table. It has been a staple of theirs for quite sometime. The band even brought out Brandi Carlile (who happened to be headlining her own solo show the next night) for "Wonderful(The Way I Fell)". James came out dressed in a colorful cap and customary sunglasses as he ripped through what seemed endless jam sessions that we are only accustomed to hearing as three minute album cuts. You can tell the band always feels at home when they play the majestic venue as James himself said that it is the most amazing place to be, we would have to agree.

Opening the festivities was one of our favorites Sylvan Esso. Although the pairing of them with MMJ was a bit unusual you can tell the duo from North Carolina made a few new fans. With their infectious dance numbers, you can't help yourself to dance and mimic the moves that you perform while in front of a mirror at home as you get ready to go out with your squad.


1. Wordless Chorus
2. Compound Fracture
3. Off the Record
4. Circuital
5. Believe (Nobody Knows)
6. Bermuda Highway
7. I’m Amazed
8. Evil Urges
9. Dondante / Lay Low
10. At Dawn
11. In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)
12. Gideon
13. Tropics (Erase Traces)
14. I think I’m Going to Hell
15. Spring (Among the Living)
16. Anytime
17. Steam Engine / Only Memories Remain / Steam Engine
18. Phone Went West
19. Mahgeetah

20. Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
21. Victory Dance
22. Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 1
23. Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2
24. Highly Suspicious
25. Run Thru
26. One Big Holiday

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