Story time! Back when I was just starting off in the working world, a coworker originally from Louisville kept suggesting I check out My Morning Jacket. Oddly enough, it only took me nearly a decade to heed his advice, deciding to try out their latest release, Circuital. It’s slowly become one of my favorite releases this year, so their return to St. Louis at the Pageant was a must-see.
Delta Spirit‘s last show here was one of the first shows covered for the site and a cancelled flight almost prevented the Long Beach band from making the show. Thankfully, Matthew Vasquez and crew showed up just fine and torched the opening set, starting with the fiery (and personal fav) “Bushwick Blues.” I’d catch a headlining show of theirs anytime, so to see them as the opener was a fantastic treat.
Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not well-versed at all in MMJ’s back catalog so be sure to check out Robin Wheeler’s review for A to Z and Chris Sewell’s review for KDHX for more in-depth analysis of the show. From a rookie perspective, I completely get the love for MMJ after seeing them live. The band’s entrance to “Victory Dance” set the tone, a mix of foreboding and frenzy, with Jim James prowling the stage sporting a LED-sampler around his neck. With a nearly two-hour set (set list here), the the band never let up, declared STL the center of the power universe and kept the sold-out show nodding and singing along. A pretty good way to celebrate my birthday, right?
The Good: Beautiful and lush lighting in the Circuital cover color scheme. Matthew Vasquez sporting an Old Lights shirt.
The Bad: Possibly the smallest photo pit I’ve had to squeeze into. Really thick color lighting for Delta Spirit.
The Irrelevant: I wondered if St. Louis’ current humidity was making Jim James’ thick hair even more poofy. With his trenchcoat and LED sampler/necklace, he also looked like a bank robber with a bomb strapped to his body.