I usually don’t care for festival shows, but I usually find myself at KMTT‘s Mountain Music Fest. I missed last year (which I regret since there were some great acts on the bill). This year the one and only Jakob Dylan was listed as a performer. That was enough to make me go. I was also surprised to have won KMTT’s radio station contest for a meet & greet with the performers.
My dad was my guest since I won extra tickets (originally planned on going alone) and arrived at the venue a bit before 3pm. Unfortunately he went back to the car and didn’t make it back in time for the meet & greet. In the few minutes before we had to depart to the backstage area I picked up Jakob’s Women + Country vinyl thinking it would look rather nice signed.
For those who haven’t been to Marymoor Park it’s an outdoor venue. Not an ampitheatre though. There are some reserved seats by the front of the stage and general admission (bring your own chair/blanket) on their grassy areas. On our short journey we walked past the food stands near the back of the venue and went through a series of gates to a small building. How quaint. It was hot even though we were in the shaded courtyard. The station’s DJs were all present to greet everyone. It felt like quite a while before Sara Bareilles came out, but she was definately the most personable out of all the musicians. Taking some time to talk to people. I mentioned how I saw her before. I was tongue-tied. Perhaps I was still a bit nervous about meeting Jakob. You could see it in my face as I had my photo taken with her. We were given autographed promo shots of her to take home.
The BoDeans came out next. They were signing posters, but I had them sign my cd instead. It was their debut Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams. Produced by T-Bone Burnett so you can’t really go wrong there. They mentioned it was a good cd and that I should pick up the new one. I hate to judge a cd on a name, but Mr. Sad Clown …. I hate clowns. Still, I heard some of that album and it’s pretty good too.
Robert Randolph came out next. The signing was starting where I was, but I didn’t feel like going first so I stayed behind for a little bit. I had him sign my cd and I took one of the free posters he had as well. He was very cool. I’ve seen him perform live before (only on tv) but it knocks my socks off. I was really looking forward to seeing him. While Robert was going through the line I was overhearing some conversations about Jakob Dylan being MIA. He was going to be late maybe an hour. Who planned that out? I was all nervous (but excited to meet him again) all for nothing. Well, the station said that they (Jakob & Co) felt bad so they would sign some flats for us to pick up later at their station. I hope they keep to that. We all left the premises with about 20 minutes before Sara was set to start her show.
Sara Bareilles greeted the crowd asking us if this was the hottest day ever. It was. The sun was occasionally blinding me in my right eye during her set.
Here’s her setlist:
GETTING OVER YOU
SINGLE LADIES (Beyoncé Cover)
LET THE RAIN
HOLD MY HEART
KING OF ANYTHING
There was a mix of old and new songs. A fan requested “Vegas” which to my surprise wasn’t played. She had some audience banter between the songs. Overall, the audience warmed up to her and loved her by the end of her performance. However, I was still sitting pretty much by myself the whole time. No one was in front of me and no one next to me in the second row and for awhile no one behind me. She looked in my direction quite a bit. Probably wondering why I’m there all by myself. Fresh off the Lilith Fair tour she wanted to put in some “girl power” songs. Which I guess explains the slower sultry cover of “Single Ladies” and “Fairytale.” That made me feel a bit better about being alone. Well, I wasn’t really alone at that point…but my dad was sitting in a different area. He left before the BoDeans.
The BoDeans were probably the band I was the least familiar with. After receiving some helpful suggestions I picked up their debut cd and gave it a quick listen. Pretty good stuff. I think a lot of people were coming to see them in particular. They talked with the crowd quite a bit as well. I didn’t keep a setlist for them as I’m not familiar with their repertoir. They kept the crowd moving. The Marymoor is usually pretty strict regarding photos or even getting out of your seats (if you’re in the reserved seating area). However, the security couldn’t deny the people moving up towards the front to dance.
Post BoDeans I went to pick up my Women + Country shirt. It was a pretty cute design and I could see it easily being converted into some sort of venue event poster. I think I might have gotten a couple of more people to pick up Jakob’s vinyl as well while at the merch booth. I was just hoping my copy would hold up since I had to carry it everywhere with me. Small price to pay.
Jakob Dylan! This was my first time experiencing his music with the new band so I was quite eager to hear his new material and perhaps some new interpretations of his older songs.
Here’s Jakob’s setlist:
NOTHING BUT THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD
SMILE WHEN YOU CALL ME THAT
6th AVENUE HEARTACHE
EVIL IS ALIVE AND WELL
WE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT
SOMETHING GOOD THIS WAY COMES
WILL IT GROW
STANDING EIGHT COUNT
LEND A HAND
DOWN IN A HOLE
THEY’VE TRAPPED US BOYS
There was no encore. Jakob was given a longer set than the 2 previous artists but the time just flew by. Things weren’t exactly perfect though. The balance of sound was pretty off and the first verse of “Nothing” was not audible to the audience. It got better though. I still wonder if he got a soundcheck (since he arrived late) and if it would’ve changed things. During “Hurting” there was a bee flying around me. Don’t hurt me!
Kelly Hogan got a really nice reception and was great on the duet of “Smile.” “6th Ave” was introduced as something maybe more of us were familiar with. Although I love the song to death I knew they probably scratched one of my new favorites “Yonder Come The Blues” which I think would’ve been a nicer fit than say maybe “We Don’t Live Here Anymore.” Oh well, I’m happy to hear anything and this version was quite unique to previous incarnations complete with jingle bells.
The biggest surprise of the set for me was “Something Good” being all super upbeat country-fied. I was laughing thinking they couldn’t really be serious about doing this song in that way. Hope Jakob didn’t see that. It’s hard to tell with those sunglasses. Still this song is such a staple in my day (being my alarm clock – say hello to happier mornings) and I took it in stride. Loved it in a different way, but I’m hoping they go back to something more similar to the recorded version for future tours.
We were one of the audiences that got treated to one of Jakob’s new songs “Down In A Hole.” Pretty much in the same vein as his solo works. Although most of the audience around me seemed to be clueless about Jakob’s songs they gave him a standing ovation at the end. Jakob’s set was the only one where they asked us not to take photos. Which explains my one sad blurry one. I try to obey if that’s his wish.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band closed the night with an amazing performance. I’m not too familiar with his work either so no setlist. Plus I was eating my dinner. Security was pretty open for him allowing his fans to come up and dance and take pictures. Just having a merry old time. His band is truly family with his sister on backing vocals and some cousins. Wow, he’s just amazing to watch. He did a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Shot Of Love” and Robert wondered if Jakob was still around to hear it.
Overall a good day for music and very happy to be there.
The end of the following week after the show I got a call to go pick up my signed Jakob Dylan posters down at the station. A few days later I went down and they had a bit of trouble finding them (which kind of freaked me out a bit). Perhaps they were all preoccupied since Melissa Etheridge was in the studio doing a live performance. I didn’t hear or see anything since I came late and there was a wall dividing the lobby from the small performance area. When they did find the posters I commented on how Jakob was the one I really wanted to meet (in that let’s get the radio station’s number on speed dial for this sort of way). They said to let them know whenever I hear that he’s coming to town to see if they could arrange something. I really doubt that they could have that kind of pull, but maybe Jakob & Co felt a little guilty and offered an “owe them one.” Still, I was very happy that they kept to their promise of the posters. After that I left waiting by the elevators hearing all the raves of Melissa’s performance. Guess I’ll have to see if they have it on their website archives.