As the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival heats up, the Crescent City is bustling with musicians ready to jam.
Gov’t Mule’s Friday night, two-set offering at the Saenger Theatre was filled with special guests, including Smokey Greenwell, Don Was and Marcus King.
The band book-ended the first set with “World Boss”>
Mr. High & Mighty” and “Time To Confess,” before diving into a cover-heavy second half.
Gov’t Mule opened set two with Soundgarden’s “Fell On Black Days,” followed by Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels” featuring Smokey Greenwell. (The New Orleans harmonica player performed with Haynes in the band Blues Co-Op in the ‘80s.)
Marcus King then took the stage alongside Greenwell to add some guitar on Ann Peebles’ “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.” Haynes and King have shared the stage a number of times. In fact, the Mule guitarist produced Marcus King’s breakthrough album and King’s namesake band recently joined Mule on the road.
Later, bassist Don Was joined a joyful “He Ain’t Give You None”> “Bertha” jam, pairing Van Morrison with the Grateful Dead.
The second set ended with King playing blistering version of The Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post,” and Gov’t Mule closed the night with Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground.”
Check out the full setlist below:
Friday, May 4
Saenger Theatre, New Orleans
Set I: World Boss > Mr. High & Mighty, Lay Your Burden Down, Unring The Bell (with Get Up, Stand Up tease), Kind Of Bird (with Happy Together tease), Thorns Of Life, Pressure Under Fire, Time To Confess
Set II: Fell On Black Days, You Don’t Know How It Feels%, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home^, Million Miles From Yesterday, Traveling Tune, He Ain’t Give You None$ > Bertha$, Brighter Days > Whipping Post&
Enc: Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
% – with Smokey Greenwell
^ – with Smokey Greenwell & Marcus King
$ – with Don Was, without Jorgen Carlsson
& – with Marcus King