Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Bob Weir - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - June 26

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On the day when the Supreme Court ruled all marriages are created equal, one couldn't help but to wonder what Bob Dylan would have to say about the matter.

His songs, after all, were the anthems of a hundred thousand civil rights protests. "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" were the soundtrack of the march toward equality. But the most political the evening got at the Bob Dylan headlined Americanarama Festival on Wednesday night, was a request to enjoy the show without recording and photographing with your cell phones.

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The show started promptly at 5:30 with Bob Weir. In case you'd forgotten the name, the high presence of people wearing tie-dye shirts with dancing bears served to remind that Weir was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. Much to the dismay of the Deadheads, his solo acoustic set only included six songs highlighted by "Not Fade Away."

Next came My Morning Jacket, this Kentucky rock band's tight sound did not fit the wide expanses of a vast amphitheater. More appropriate for a drunken late night in a small club than an enormous venue like Cruzan Amphitheatre while the sun was still out, My Morning Jacket's acoustics carried to the farthest reaches of the grassy hill, but were met with indifference. Perhaps it was because of the early time of their set.

Their renditions of "I'm Amazed" and "One Big Holiday" seemed like they should have the grandeur to fill a stadium, but except for a couple of hippie chicks shaking around (and we're not entirely certain they weren't just doing a rain dance) the crowd had a disconnect with the hard working band. They chose instead to lay back on their beach chairs, watching the clouds hover above.

It is a thankless job being an opening act, but someone forgot to tell Wilco this. Their singer Jeff Tweedy wears a large hat both, literally on stage and figuratively, as Bob Dylan's heir as the poet laureate of rock 'n' roll. His plain spoken Midwestern lyricism was in full effect as he presented some of his band's most heart-baring songs like "Spiders," "I Might," and "Impossible Germany."

This was all performed to the backdrop of purple lights and smoke. A mighty guitar riff caught the attention of most in attendance. Some were still tossing a Frisbee, missing the song's deft hopes for a relationship under the guise of being a tune about post-World War II foreign policy, but the Frisbees stopped mid-air when Tweedy announced he'd like to bring Bob Weir on to the stage.


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Cruzan Amphitheatre

601-7 Sansbury's Way,, West Palm Beach, FL

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Farmerjay
Farmerjay

Awesome show, Dylan is the greatest ever no matter what and always. Still packing people of all ages in at 72. Big disappointment that Weir did not get up and play with Dylan though.

hdpan1964
hdpan1964

Enjoyed the show MMJ was good but it was the first time I haven't seen them as the headliner. They are at there best in a smaller venue. First time seeing Wilco and they sounded good. Not really knowing there music they were a crisp and entertaining sound. As for Bob Dylan I will be nice and say the band was good as was Dylans musical tallets. His age is sadley affecting his voice. It sucks getting old I will remember years past of B.D.

Ben Pogue
Ben Pogue

...1st time at the venue in 14 yrs, was dragged away by cops long ago (a roach of all things) and boycotted ever sense....but couldn't pass a chance to see Bob, and he was bloody cool ;)

Adam Matza
Adam Matza

I went in expecting it. Kept the cellphone in my pocket, except when shooting a little Wilco at sunset up on the lawn and two shots of Dylan during the encore down in front. The mistake people make is using their flash. The lighting was so cool, a flash was unnecessary.

Mindy Hertzon
Mindy Hertzon

I loved the stage lighting and fire on each side of the stage, too. The security were ANNOYING!

Adam Matza
Adam Matza

Yes, Mindy, he played a lot of piano, which not surprisingly, was unexpected. Loved that he stepped out and fronted the band. They were definitely much more interested in playing the fresh material.

Adam Matza
Adam Matza

It was a really sedate crowd, but that was cool..there was stuff worth shutting the fuck up and listening to. I wish more people would have done that. I heard people talking non-stop all night. I have no idea why they even spent money on tickets. They could text their friends sitting on their couch.

Mindy Hertzon
Mindy Hertzon

Wilco as usual blew me away. It was my 5th Wilco show. They are an EPIC BAND. Everyone stood up and sang and danced. Such a fantastic time! It was my 2nd Dylan show. He was good but more mellow than I remembered in the past. He did sound great although I wished he could have rocked the guitar. Harmonica playing was amazing. People were sitting more for Dylan than Wilco.

Adam Matza
Adam Matza

Great show. Agree with the writer's assessment of My Morning Jacket. Would love to see them in a more intimate venue at night. It felt like Wilco played longer than an hour. They were fucking great...again. Kind of silly to expect didactic protest or political statements from Dylan. Seriously. Loved the new material and the way he deconstructed and rebuilt the few classics he played. Love Sick was especially moving. Great show!! Great event!!!

Ben Pachter
Ben Pachter

Yeah, everyone in the local music scene plus hippies

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