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Concert Thu May 03 2012

My Morning Jacket Announces Show @ Millennium Park

Six studio albums, endless touring, and a dynamic onstage presence are just a few of the elements that contribute to folk/alt-country band My Morning Jacket's immense success. A fan for years, I waited at Lollapalooza last summer to gain a front row spot to their headlining show, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best performances I've ever seen. Their energy and ever-changing music style instantly captivated the audience and kept everyone begging for more. Enjoy highlights from the Lollapalooza show below, which showcases their vivacity and unique onstage performance style.

After their memorable performance in 2011, it's nothing but good news that they'll be back in Chicago again this August. My Morning Jacket will be performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion located in Millennium Park on August 22 at 6:30pm, where they will be joined by revered opener Band of Horses. Touring extensively this year, Chicago is clearly not the only city that has love for My Morning Jacket. In addition to United States tour dates, they'll be making their way through Europe in June, appearing at both this year's Beale Street Music Festival and Newport Folk Festival as headliners, and also playing a set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

One aspect of music making that My Morning Jacket is extremely cognizant of is how to keep their music fresh and consistently surprise their listeners without losing their signature sound that contributes to their identity. Their album catalogue ranges from pure country, to folk, to rock, and even to hints of jazz and blues on their latest release. The emotional range and passion infused into each song are steadfast qualities among their discography.

My Morning Jacket released their highly-praised album, Circuital, in May of 2011, which emerged as a cultivated, mature effort from the group as they intermingled previous styles that flitted throughout their extensive, yet always innovative catalogue. While "Holdin On To Black Metal" seems to be a fan favorite with its unexpected, yet refreshing, horn accompaniment and catchy verses as it features lead singer Jim James singing at nearly a falsetto pitch, "Circuital" encapsulates My Morning Jacket's lush, layered sound that surprises the listener frequently during its seven minute duration. Take a listen as you watch the live performance below.

This August's show is a ticketed event, and it's highly likely that these tickets will be snatched up rather quickly, so make sure to buy yours when they go on sale this Saturday, May 5, at 12pm (noon). They can be purchased directly from the eTix website or by calling (800) 514-3849. Reserved tickets will be $64.50 and $59.50, with lawn seats available for $20.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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