The Jayhawks at First Avenue 1/2/2016


Twin Cities band The Jayhawks have been active for 30 years, and are working on a new record due out in 2016. They brought their classics and some of their new songs to First Avenue for the first Mainroom show of 2016.

Starting the evening was Minneapolis band Red Daughters. The Minneapolis 5 piece band blends rock, indie and some pop to a quite interesting mix. They introduced themselves with the words: “We are Red Daughters, and we are from here”. Their set was unpretentious but had some eclectic moments like the blend of middle eastern sounds in their song “Egypt”.

The Jayhawks had a major set in their plans for the evening. The band took the stage with little fanfare and let their music speak for them for the first several songs. Starting of with one of their new songs “Leaving the Monsters Behind” they set the tune for the evening and their smooth and familiar sounds drew in the audience. Having 3 decades of songs to call on must have made song selection challenging but the Jayhawks managed a good mix. Singer/guitarist Gary Louris brought out a flying V guitar for some songs to the cheers of the audience. The sold out crowd was a bit on the mature side but the mood was quite youthful.

Set List:
Leaving the Monsters Behind / Stumbling Through the Dark / All the Right Reasons / Think About it / Nothing Left to Borrow / Lost the Summer / Bottomless Cup / Queen of the World / Lovers of the Sun / Angelyne / Pretty Roses / I’d Run Away / Tampa 2 Tulsa / Lies in Black and White / Rainy Day / Sound of Lies / Devil is in her Eyes / Smile / Settled Down Like Rain / Blue / Tailspin
Encore: Broken Harpoon / Trouble / Take Me With You (When You Go) / I’m Gonna Make You Love Me / Baby Baby Baby


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