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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Spirit on the Water

The never ending AmericanaramA jamboree made a stop in Duluth last night unveiling the diverse talents of four solid musical acts. Even with the unseasonably cool temperatures and soggy conditions, duluthians, guests, and fellow country neighbors were treated to well over five hours of first class music ranging from guitar rock stylings, folk, jazz, roots revival, swing, and of course, americana.  Despite the strange footnote which beckoned security to limit aficionados from taking even the cheapest of grainy and out-of-focus pictures, the evening turned out to be quite a success....

... the really interesting thing is that folks were introduced to new music and unfamiliar songs and arrangements, and unheard songs hmmmm, hmmmmmm, different tempo's and arrangements - something all together foreign perhaps.

But it was wonderful to observe the various generational and age groups interact. Most everyone enjoyed being connected in the most important of ways.

A complaint? It's a minor one for sure. Perhaps the promoters should consider having a female artist/band as part of the repertoire?


What's the recipe?
  1. A definitive sound mix.
  2. Talented artists.
  3. A picturesque landscape.
  4. A smaller than expected crowd.
  5. Short lines.

Thanks for coming Mr Dylan and friends, your welcome back anytime!

Richard Thompson's Electric Trio draws the crowd in. "Not bad for old people."

Relaxing the scene as the skies begin to clear.

Happy hour at Bayfront Park.

Ship approaching the harbor, Duluth's aerial lift bridge.

The view and temperature of Duluth so impressed frontman Jim James of My Morning Jacket that he pointed out, "It's beautiful here!"

My Morning Jacket display band chemistry! Very impressive performance. 

In the flannel section with My Morning Jacket.

Duluth skyline, anticipating Wilco.

Wilco mix it up with a few choice coversongs while sampling from their deep musical catalogue!  Via Chicago / Jesus, etc. / Dawned on Me / Less Than You Think / energized the crowd.

Wilco w/Richard Thompson.

Wilco, Low, and Richard Thompson reflect after an unrehearsed performance of Gordon Lightfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". Cheers to our Canadian friends as well. 

Sunset over the bay, AmericanaramA in Duluth.

Anticipating Bobby and his Band!

Dylan commands attention.

A ghost-like figure. 

Infusion of jazz, roots, folk, rock, and country blues. 

Dylan showcases his piano and harmonica skills throughout the night. 

A jazzy, swing rock of a tune! More harmonica. 

The consummate song and dance man...

A 'Simple Twist of Fate' shines tonight!

Bob Dylan & His Band setlist:

Things Have Changed
Love Sick
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Soon After Midnight
Early Roman Kings
Tangled Up In Blue
Duquesne Whistle
She Belongs To Me
Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Blind Willie McTell
Simple Twist Of Fate
Summer Days
All Along The Watchtower
Blowin' In The Wind

Anchored down in Duluth town.


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