“This is the fourth year in a row we’ve done this,” Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn told the Brooklyn Bowl crowd on the first of their four-show Massive Nights run. “What’s different this year is we have a new album.”
The Jayhawks have been around a long time, so calling their two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl ”career-spanning” is saying something. Emerging from the ‘80s Minneapolis music scene, Gary Louris and Mark Olson pioneered the alt-country sound The Jayhawks continue to mine.
Although there were no overt political statements, there was an undercurrent of anxiety, frustration and anger at the current state of things. Jim also brought opener Alynda Segarra (of Hurray for the Riff Raff) on stage to sing ”Over and Over” with him.
Now 76 years old, “Artie,” as he referred to himself, looked trim and fit, although his trademark curly, golden locks have thinned considerably. “Here I am, still at it,” he said to a welcoming audience. “Singing is not a labor of love for me... it’s an addiction.”
Opening night was dedicated to original Dead keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan on the 45th anniversary of his death. Selections from Pigpen-era albums Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa included “Alligator,” a JRAD favorite to kick things off and find the groove...
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