Arenas & Sheds Concerts featured Merriweather Post Pavilion

My Morning Jacket @ Merriweather

My Morning Jacket performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.

My Morning Jacket performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/www.kylegustafson.com) (Kyle Gustafson/Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Last summer’s My Morning Jacket show at Merriweather was my favorite show of the year ( and I got some KILLER PHOTOS) so of course I was very eager to do it all again last weekend. But last year’s show was so insanely great that there was no way this year’s show could top it. And it didn’t. It’s not that it was a bad show, it just didn’t blow me away like last year’s show. If last year’s show was Okonokos Disc One (all hits, all the time), this year’s show was Okonokos, Disc Two (more b-sides and album cuts).

My Morning Jacket performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/www.kylegustafson.com) (Kyle Gustafson/Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

My Morning Jacket performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/www.kylegustafson.com) (Kyle Gustafson/Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Another difference in this year’s show as that Jim James spent most of the first few songs stationed behind his mic playing his guitar. The entire band sets up a few feet back from the edge of the stage in order to give themselves room to move around once they get going, but until then, it’s difficult to get a variety of images because they are so far from the lip of the stage.

My Morning Jacket performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/www.kylegustafson.com) (Kyle Gustafson/Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

My Morning Jacket performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/www.kylegustafson.com) (Kyle Gustafson/Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

One great thing about this year is the rest of the band besides James was very well lit, something I hadn’t really seen before. I don’t think I had ever gotten a decent picture of guitarist Carl Broemel before this gig. Same for bassist Tom Blankenship.

My Morning Jacket performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/www.kylegustafson.com) (Kyle Gustafson/Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

My Morning Jacket performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/www.kylegustafson.com) (Kyle Gustafson/Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

The lights weren’t as great as they were for Band of Horses, but they were still just fine. Epic hair shots were alos a bit fewer and far between this year, but I still managaed a few.

My Morning Jacket performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/www.kylegustafson.com) (Kyle Gustafson/Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

My Morning Jacket performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/www.kylegustafson.com) (Kyle Gustafson/Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Full photo set below. Click on any image to purchase prints.
Don’t forget toΒ follow me on TwitterΒ orΒ like me on FacebookΒ if you want to stay current with what I am shooting.
Please don’t reuse these photos without my permission. The slideshow below has embed code you can use if you want to put these photos on your blog. Please link back to this post.

My Morning Jacket @ Merriweather 2012 – Images by Kyle Gustafson

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply