My Morning Jacket at the Iroquois Amphitheater: Two Nights in Hometown Heaven

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Photo Credit: Brian Lee

During two sold-out shows at Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville’s beloved My Morning Jacket gave fans what they’ve come to expect; a stellar live performance, amazing covers and of course dancing puppets.

The band announced their two-night Louisville show a few months ago as part of a limited tour which includes another two-night stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison Colorado, headlining acts at LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia, Suwannnee Hulaweeen Festival in Live Oak, Florida before coming to an end with a festival of their own; the third annual One Big Holiday Festival; a four night paradise at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera in Maya Mexico in February.

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Photo Credit: Brian Lee

But what better place to perform for their hometown than the Iroquois Amphitheater nested in the woods of Iroquois park. Doors opened up at 6:30 and fans began to lineup outside the venue hours before the show to get claim their seats. But it wasn’t just those with tickets that enjoyed the show. Many fans brought their pets and lawn chairs and simply camped outside of the venue where they could still hear the performance.

“We’ve got everything we need right here,” said Gloria Taylor, who sat in a lawn chair along side the fence throwing tennis balls to her two Labrador retrievers Max and Benjamin. “I don’t live far away, so I enjoy walking the dogs to the park and we enjoy the music in our own way.”

For those not walking on all fours who did make it inside were treated with a great opening performance from fellow Louisville rockers Twin Limb.

As if it were a call for everyone to take their seats and get ready for the ride, My Morning Jacket opened with strong with “Victory Dance.” From there the crowd was treated with songs spanning the band’s massive catalog. And what’s a MMJ concert without surprises?  This time surprises were delivered in the form of the Jim James solo song “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U)” and covers by Prince, “Raspberry Beret,” and “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.” Of course Prince wasn’t the only late artist to given the honor of being covered, the band also covered “Young American’s” by the Late David Bowie. This was all before closing with the song no My Morning Jacket will grow tired of hearing and seeing. It’s during the first few chords of that last final song where the band gives the fans what the want, and the fans show their respect by singing along in return.

Also, we’d like to congratulate Sarah Louise who won our My Morning Jacket ticket giveaway for Friday’s show. “It was such an amazing show and such a cool venue,” she said. Louise said she’s going to see them again for their upcoming show at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado.

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