|Photo By Tony Nelson|
with Two Harbors
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Friday, September 5, 2014
"I just like to surround myself with beautiful people, and good things tend to happen," Gary Louris proclaimed affectionately toward the end of the Jayhawks' spirited 130-minute, 26-song performance at First Avenue on Friday night. Indeed, the stage was filled with Louris's longtime musical cohorts -- Marc Perlman, Tim O'Reagan, Karen Grotberg, Kraig Johnson, and Jessy Greene along with mandolin player John Jackson -- and the club was rightfully packed with old friends and dedicated supporters of the band, which helped make the evening a truly special one.
The tight, well-rehearsed group showcased plenty of gems from their recently reissued trio of '97-'03 albums -- Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music -- as well as some old classics, a few Golden Smog numbers, and a couple of smart covers. All of it highlighted the estimable talents of the Jayhawks -- distinctive songs, occasionally messy
back-story, and all.
See also:More »
Slideshow: The Jayhawks rock First Avenue