Review: Jim James funks out Slowdown, invites Mike Mogis onstage for a half-Monsters of Folk reunion

Jim James rocks his flying V guitar at Slowdown on Tuesday.

The highlight of Jim James’ show was when he invited Mike Mogis onstage during the encore.

Some people buzzed that Conor Oberst was going to show up, but I figured that wouldn’t happen. Mogis, one of James’ Monsters of Folks bandmates, took the stage after James began the encore with My Morning Jacket’s “Bermuda Highway.”

Mogis played pedal steel, mandolin and acoustic guitar the James-penned MoF tunes including “Dear God,” “His Master’s Voice,” “The Right Place” and the full-on rocker “Losin’ Yo Head.”

In the main set, the My Morning Jacket frontman focused on his solo album. “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.),” “A New Life” and “Exploding” were my personal favorites. I could have left all the jam band sort of stuff that took over a few songs. Some went on so long that James left the show in the middle.

I was also a fan of opener Basia Bulat, a Canadian singer-songwriter that has some serious pipes. Honestly, I had never really heard of her before, but her song “Tall Tall Shadow” was incredible. She also played a cover of Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You in the End” and an a capella version of the gospel song “When Death Come Creeping in Your Room.”

Check out some photos below and read the full review over at Omaha.com.

Viewing this on your phone? You probably can’t see the above gallery, so feel free to see the whole thing on my Flickr page.

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