Jack Johnson at State Theatre, 10/8/13

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Photo by Youa Vang
Jack Johnson with Bahamas
State Theatre, Minneapolis
Monday, October 7, 2013


The only things missing from Jack Johnson's show at the State Theatre on Monday were blankets and dirt. The Hawaiian singer is well-known for his festival performances, but no one at his sold out out show let seats stop them from having fun. Johnson has more than enough hits to fill his two-hour set without faltering -- and that didn't even come close to covering all of his catalog.

Most bands keep the similar setlists for a tour, but Jack changed things up because he can. For his acoustic opening, Johnson put a simple, stripped-down take on some of his hits including "Good People," written about reality television when it was in its height of popularity. The treat of the evening came early in the form of Mason Jennings. The Minneapolis performer was invited to sit in on "Fall Line" and contributed two of his songs, "I Love You and Buddha Too" and "Living in the Moment." He and Jack traded vocals on all three songs, blending in the chorus as if they were one talented person.

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Photo by Youa Vang
In a sea of his hits, Jack was able to throw in some new songs from his latest album From Here to Now to You without it being a wrench in the evening. The reason being that the new pieces like "Washing Dishes," while fresh and fun, still run in the same veins as much of his other music -- starting off slow, building into a tempo change. Johnson knows which side his bread is buttered on -- not always a band thing. Johnson even kept it all in stride when his guitar strap came loose, almost losing his guitar towards the end of the song.


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