Gov’t Mule has been doing epic shows in New Orleans during Jazz Fest for years. There are always big-name guests and classic rock covers. We made it to the show at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday, April 27, and were not disappointed. Warren Haynes displayed his usual mastery of his various Gibson guitars. Matt Abts on drums and Jorgen Carlsson on bass kept the theater thumping. Danny Louis played multiple keyboards and the occasional trombone. Jimmy Vivino came out near the end of the first set to sing and play guitar on Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home.”
The second set was crazy as Haynes brought out Branford Marsalis and Jeff Chimenti for the Grateful Dead’s “Birdsong.” Jay Lane took over for Matt Abts on drums for an epic “Fire on the Mountain” followed by “The Other One” jam. Marsalis, who used to sit in with the Grateful Dead and the other musical guests from Further, Ratdog and the Dead made it a memorable and authentic cover mini-set.
After the guests left the stage, the Mule played a few of their hard-rocking tunes. Then Vivino came back to rip off an inspired take on Derek and the Dominos’ “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?” He stayed for the finale and encore – the Allman Brothers’ “Soulshine” and Ann Peebles’ “I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.”
Revolution Come. Revolution Go
Rock & roll has always been a reflection of the times, and the new Mule is no exception.