After two shows that featured guests Danny Clinch, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Lucius, My Morning Jacket brought their One Big Holiday event to a close last night with another cover-filled, guest-laden show that saw them pay tribute to the late George Michael, dig deep into their catalog and also offer up some of their original tunes.
Among the highlights, an early run through newer material like The Waterfall standouts “Compound Fracture” and “In It’s Infancy (The Waterfall)” before digging into older tunes like “War Begun” and the emotional, soaring “I Will Sing You Songs.” The first cover of the night arrived in the form of the Commodores’ “Easy” before the band welcomed out Jess and Holly of Lucius to help Jim James on vocals with George Michael’s “Father Figure.” The famed British singer died on Christmas Day when he was discovered dead in his bed, and the performance of the song marked a debut for Jacket.
The set rolled on with the powerful closing combo of “Lay Low” and “Mahgeetah” before the finale encore saw the singers of Lucius once again emerge for “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2” as well as Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” before a final message of love with Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Need Now is Love.” From there, all guests left the stage for MMJ to deliver the event’s namesake, “One Big Holiday,” to say goodbye.
Next up for MMJ is a headlining gig at Electric Forest before a one-off with Gary Clark Jr. in New York City.
Here’s a look at the setlist:
My Morning Jacket
One Big Holiday, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Circuital, Compound Fracture, Believe (Nobody Knows), In It’s Infancy (The Waterfall), War Begun > I Will Sing You Songs, The Way That He Sings, Heartbreakin Man, Easy, Evil Urges, Honest Man, Only Memories Remain, Father Figure*, Lay Low, Mahgeetah
Enc: Victory Dance, Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2* > Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2*, What The World Needs Now is Love*, One Big Holiday
Notes: *w/Jess and Holly of Lucius