Gov’t Mule’s Island Exodus to Jamaica concluded last night. Over the course of four days the band performed six sets, with additional music from Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, DJ Logic and a solo set from Warren Haynes. Sax player Ron Holloway made the journey as well, joining the Mule on opening night for “Dirty Work,” “Sco-Mule” and “Afro-Blue.” Potter appeared on Friday as well, as she would throughout the weekend, contributing vocals to “Find The Cost Of Freedom,” “Ohio,” “Take Me To The River” and “Gold Dust Woman.” Saturday evening saw Holloway back for “Mule” > “I’ve Been Workin‘” > “Mule” at the close of set one and “The Other One Jam” and “Blind Man In The Dark” at the end of set two (keyboard player Danny Louis moved over to drums for the final tune). The encores saw Willie Green join Holloway and the quartet for “32/20 Blues” with Potter and Nocturnals guitarist Scott Tournet then stepping out for “Blind Man In The Dark.” During Haynes’ Sunday solo performance he also drew in Potter (“Wild Horses”), Louis (“Hallelujah”) and drummer Matt Abts (“In My Life”).
Gov’t Mule’s final performance on Monday night delivered the weekend’s largest surprises. Late in the first set, the band offered an instrumental take on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” with Holloway (and bassist Jorgen Carlsson’s young son dancing from the stage). Holloway then remained for “Reggae Soulshine” and “Devil Likes It Slow.” The second set opened with Abts on lead vocals for a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Shattered” in which Carlsson moved to drums and Louis picked up the bass. A bit later, DJ Logic emerged during a “Drums” segment and remained for “Play With Fire.” Holloway also appeared on the latter tune and the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money” that closed out the set. Potter then stepped out for a first encore of “Many Rivers To Cross” and “Somebody To Love,” and then returned with Tournet during a second encore of “Southern Man.”
Gov’t Mule returns to the U.S. for a Wednesday gig in Fort Lauderdale, FL at Revolution.