Friday, August 10, 2012

Mic Check: Jackson Browne and Friends, Jonathan Wilson, and Robert Ellis @ Newport Blues Cafe, 07/29/12, Newport, RI

 Robert Ellis had a pretty great weekend.

The final show at the Blues Cafe started off with an amazing set by Robert Ellis and his little red sweatshirt. By the time we managed to get inside, he had already been playing for a bit, but we caught "The TV Song," which is one of our favorites. The highlight of his performance came later, when he finished his set with a trio of Paul Simon covers: "Still Crazy After All These Years," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," and "Graceland." And did I mention that he was joined by Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith from Dawes, and Bryan Minto of Diamond Rugs? Because that happened.

I am quite happy that this video exists. Can we discuss what a beast Griffin is on drums?

Jackson Browne

Billed as "Jackson Browne and Friends," we had a few ideas of what we might expect, but we truly were not ready for this incredible set of Warren Zevon covers featuring Sara Watkins, Dawes, Jonathan Wilson and John McCauley. "Redneck Friend," "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me," "Carmelita," "The Pretender," "Play It All Night Long"...

The excitement was contagious and the set was so much fun. Everyone seemed to be having a great time playing together, and it was the perfect note to end the weekend on. By this point I was so tired that I knew I wouldn't last for the big Deer Tick finale, so we left as Jonathan Wilson's short set was starting. I know that  we missed a pretty fantastic Deer Tick set, but hey - we experienced some pretty special moments this year, and I regret nothing.

Thanks for another brilliant weekend, Newport.

Until 2013!


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