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the Jayhawks played 3 shows @ First Avenue in Minneapolis, Mark Olson performed @ Rockwood Music Hall (pics)

by Kurt Christensen

Mark Olson @ Rockwood Music Hall
Mark Oslon

“With the stars-of-fame outside First Avenue currently being repainted, it looked as if the Jayhawks were campaigning to make theirs the first local name to go back up on the walls.

The pioneering alt-country band had not played their hometown rock haven in more than five years. It had been 15 years since they performed there with original co-leader Mark Olson, who quit the band in 1995. One could practically smell the nostalgia in the air at Sunday’s show — the second in a three-night stand — and it was much sweeter than paint fumes.

Instead of playing all their standard tunes, though, the quintet offered up a two-hour concert filled with hidden gems and way-old nuggets. It was a sharply different set list than they played at the Basilica Block Party last summer, which was the first local reunion by the Jayhawks’ mid-’90s lineup, featuring Olson, singer/guitarist Gary Louris, bassist Marc Perlman, drummer Tim O’Reagan and keyboardist Karen Grotberg.” [Star Tribune]

The original lineup of the Jayhawks played a trio of shows in Minneapolis on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (last night). That’s a bit of a review from the Sunday night show quoted above.

Less than a week earlier, Jayhawks member Mark Olson played the intimate Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East side of NYC (a city Jayhawk Gary Louris played less than a month before that). Mark was accompanied by Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Ingunn Ringvold who performs under the name Sailorine. Mark played several songs from his upcoming album Many Colored Kite (available July 27), as well as songs from the Jayhawks, and The Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers. Mark also played the first track from the recently re-issued Bunkhouse LP, the Jayhawks first album which originally was only available on vinyl in a pressing of 2,000 copies. At the end of the set, he was joined by Jolie Holland for the opening track of the new album, Little Bird of Freedom.

More pictures of Mark at Rockwood, below…

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

Mark Oslon

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