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Jack Johnson: A Cool Guy on a Hot Night

Jack Johnson: A Cool Guy on a Hot Night

Jack Johnson is back and on the road again supporting his newest record All The Light Above It. The cover of the record shows Jack lying on the beach with his guitar. This sounds like a beautiful location and would be an ideal location for many of us to kick back and enjoy the day. The cover designer dropped Jack into the middle of a colorful, found art project made up of all the garbage and trash they picked up from the shores of the beach. While beautifully displayed, the cover illustrates the problem Jack is passionate about, overuse of plastic and the dumping of all that trash into the world and its impact on the environment.


The opening act for Johnson was, Bahamas. “Bahamas are my favorite band,” Jack later said during the show.


Pink Strat slung high, Alfie Jurvanen along with his band demonstrated their adult contemporary style as they brought the crowd to their feet.


The Canadian band gave the fans 40 minutes of their favorite tunes, and I could hear them screaming from the VIP tent.


Of course, everyone was excited to see Jack Johnson and his cool, laid back sounds. As I walked back down toward the photo pit, I looked up and there were lights strung from the rafters from the front to the back of the covered seating area. I hadn’t seen lights like that before there. It was really a beautiful touch to what was going to be a beautiful night. He later went on to explain that the lights were made of plastic that had been picked up from the beaches around the world.


In his own style, Jack strolls out onto the stage straps on his acoustic, looks up at the fans and grins. With no fanfare, he goes right into “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing.” Jack played a good variety of music from All the Light Above It, “My Mind is For Sale,” “Big Sur,” and “You Can’t Control It.” I am not really sure that the new music brought anything new or really pushed Jack’s limits as a musician, other than to allow him to make a statement about his feelings on the outcome of the US Presidential Election.


He did bring back some of the old favorites that we all know and love like “Upside Down, Better Together,” and “Banana Pancakes.” He also mixed in some classic covers. How can you go wrong with “Whole Lotta Love,” “Foxy Lady,” “Badfish” and “The Joker.” He also brought his buddy John Cragie on to sing a duet on “I Wrote Mr. Tambourine Man.” I was under the impression that Cragie was going to open along side Bahamas, but I am not sure what happened. We did get a chance to see him for a few songs though, so that was a nice treat.

Jack’s show brought us what Jack does. You can always expect a couple of things from a Jack Johnson show. Good songwriting, good grooving picking, a guy with a good heart, and a good time for the crowd. He did not disappoint the Charlotte crowd, and he did all of those things for them on Thursday night. He is still out on the road, and you have a  few more US Dates to catch him before he hits the international circuit.

See full gallery of the night here.

Catch this tour:

Date Venue Location
Sep 30 Lakewood Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA Tickets & More
Oct 02 St. Augustine Amphitheatre Saint Augustine, FL Tickets & More
Oct 03 St. Augustine Amphitheatre St Augustine, FL Tickets & More
Oct 04 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL Tickets & More
Oct 05 Perfect Vodka Amphitheater West Palm Beach, FL Tickets & More
Nov 02 Jockey Club Lima, Peru Tickets & More
Nov 05 Jeunesse Arena Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Tickets & More
Nov 07 Espaco das Americas Sao Paulo, Brazil Tickets & More
Nov 14 Espacio Riesco Santiago, Chile Tickets & More
Nov 30 Sydney Opera House Forecourt Sydney, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 01 Sydney Opera House Forecourt Pyrmont, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 02 Sydney Opera House Forecourt Pyrmont, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 03 Riverstage Brisbane, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 06 Kings Park & Botanic Garden Perth, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 08 Sidney Myer Music Bowl Melbourne, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 10 Villa Maria Winery Auckland, New Zealand Tickets & More

Born in a small town in Western North Carolina, exposed to the wonders of the world at a young age through stories, words, and pictures. I have fond memories of flipping through Life Magazine to see the iconic images of days gone by and the exotic locations that only a National Geographic photographer could take me. Of course having my grandmother by my side giving commentary of how she met Mohammed Ali and where she was as Kennedy's car made that slow, fateful turn onto Dealey Plaza gave texture and substance to the pictures. Since then, my feet have left imprints in the soil in places I could have only once dreamed of. I have seen beautiful children smile in the dusty landscape of SW Ethiopia. I have walked the streets of the French Revolution. I have discarded my shoes to enter ancient Buddhist Temples in Thailand. I am always in pursuit to uncover new information, soak in new cultures, meet new people, and discover new music that can stimulate my imagination. I am on a lifelong journey, still searching for that ultimate experience. The goal of my photography and writing is to take you with me on my quest. If you are unable to be there with me, I want you to be able to immerse yourself in my words and pictures to help share with you an understanding of what it was like to be present in that small moment in time with me.

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