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- Posted on Jun 11th 2011 12:03AM by Alex Suskind
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Frontman Jim James and company are certainly no strangers to the Tennessee farm. This year marks the Kentucky-based band's fifth appearance at the festival, and tonight's show was a perfect example why the group continues to get invited back. My Morning Jacket have made a name off their legendary live shows; powerful performances that display their unique mix of jam, southern and alternative rock.
As soon as the first bass note pulsed through everyone's chest, the audience knew they were in for a treat. Opening with 'Victory Dance,' the first track from the new album, James stomped around the stage in his trademark grizzly beard, with a pair of furry white boots which seemed awfully uncomfortable for the sticky Tennessee weather.
The band followed that up with the title-track from 'Circuital,' as the spacey noises and effects went hand-in-hand with the giant onstage screen displaying psychedelic patterns along with the dozens of neon-colored glow sticks that were being thrown in the air by the Bonnaroo faithful.
'Off the Record,' 'Gideon' and 'Wordless Chorus' -- all off My Morning Jacket's critically acclaimed fourth record, 'Z' -- turned into giant sing-alongs (although the loudest chants of the night were reserved for fan-favorite 'One Big Holiday.')
While the two-hour set didn't come close to beating out the four hours My Morning Jacket played back in 2008 at Bonnaroo, James and company still appreciated the turnout at their first-ever show on the festival's main stage. "We've had our minds blown so many times at this festival," he told the crowd. "And it's such an honor to be here."
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