Did anybody that saw Jim James at the fest see his solo set at Bonnaroo as well? Just wondering how it compared.
Newport was the 4th Jim James set I have seen. In my opinion, it was by far the best. Honestly, the Bonnaroo set seemed to leave me wanting more; it was solid, but not great, and the crowd just didn't seem that into it. His Newport set had much better solo's and jams than the other shows I have been to, and after seeing the show several times at different venues, that is what sets it apart for me, what he/they do on the spot that is not on the recorded album. He also busted out some new dance moves on stage Jim just seemed to have a lot more fun at NFF, and I think that really showed and improved the experience. Milder weather could have been a factor too, but the energy was just ridiculous. Newport was also the first of his shows that I have been on the rail (rather, picket fence) so I am sure that made it more enjoyable. Even for Roo I ended up really close, but that was because folks kept leaving after every song (nice to get closer, but sucks to see so many folks bail mid-set that were closer). I don't think there is any question that the Newport set was above and beyond what we got at Roo.
Post by itrainmonkeys on Aug 5, 2013 14:57:37 GMT -5
One of my favorite parts of Jim's set was when he put one foot up on a speaker and just kinda stood in place, like a statue looking out into the crowd. He proceeded to do nothing while his band jammed.....he just stood still with a smile on his face. After a few seconds cheering began and it got louder and louder and people were going nuts - for a guy who just stood still and did nothing. His band was cracking up over it and I was laughing myself at how he controlled/created a response by doing nothing and standing still.