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Hellyeah + Kyng 8/6/17, Memphis

Dates: August 6, 2017

Location: New Daisy Theatre, Memphiis TN

New Daisy Theatre saw a bloody good time on this steamy summer evening.

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY MARK JACKSON

Chad and the boys of Hellyeah brought heavy metal to Memphis, TN. on August the 6th. From the moment that drummer Vinnie Paul appeared behind his drum kit the crowd knew they were in for a head banging loud concert. Lead singer Chad Gray is know for his signature look of bloody face, wild hair, and great heavy metal voice that can also bring it down. The new hit song “Love falls” show the full range of Chad’s voice, not to mention the talent of the entire band. Hellyeah is out on tour in support of their 2016 album Undeniable. With Songs such as “Human” “Love falls” and “I don’t care anymore” (Phil Collins cover) this is an album that any metal head should have in their library.

Chad loves to get up close with fans and photographers too. Many performers choose to stay far away from the edge of the stage but not Chad, he spent much of the night right up front and came out into the crowd more than once! This was a great show and a great night. Now if I can only get my ears to stop ringing! I can’t wait to catch Hellyeah out on the road again, hopefully sooner than later!

Below: opening act Kyng

 

 

Mark Jackson: @markjacksonphotography1

Bonnaroo Music Festival 2017

Dates: June 8-11, 2017

Location: Manchester, Tennessee

This year’s event took place June 8th-11th in Manchester, TN, and featured, among many changes, an expanded Other stage.

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY: MARK JACKSON

The great music festival known as Bonnaroo took place Thursday June 8th thru Sunday night the 12th on “The Farm” in Manchester, TN. Bonnaroo turned Sixteen this year and it defiantly was a sweet sixteen! Bonnaroo has always been known and praised for its ability to put together a diverse lineup. This year might have been its most diverse year yet, and the attendance numbers – over sixty five thousand – seems to show the people approve.

This year they took the Other tent and turned it into a full-on open air stage just like the Which stage and the What stage. This new stage may have been part of the reason the festival attendance was up over last year as this stage catered to the electronic crowd. With such acts as Nghtmre, Herobust (below), and Marshmello Man (below), this stage keep the EDM crowd engaged and dancing with the most intense light shows and l.e.d. light boards that I have ever witnessed.

This year’s headliners included U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, and The Weeknd. This in itself is a very diverse lineup, but now add in the EDM acts, a ton of new and up and coming acts, and a little country just for good measure and you have yourself one hell of a good weekend.

Bonnaroo also has a ton of vendors of all types of food including vegan food, lots of drink options with Miller Lite (Cherokee Distributing) and Bacardi being huge sponsors this year. There were also lots of vendors of all types of goods such as earrings, festival wear and casual clothing, paintings, hammocks, and air capture loungers that seemed to be all the rage this year.

The weather was the best it has been in the last three years that I have been attending the festival, with the first three days being sunny and in the mid-80s during the day and around 60 at night. Sunday rose to the lower 90s but was bearable as I ducked in and out of the shade and was able to stay hydrated with lots of water filling station across the farm. Many people took advantage of the water fountain mushroom, as it was a great place to cool off each day.

The people are the main reason this is one if not the best festival of the year. You will see all kinds of unique characters as you venture across the grounds.

Once Centeroo opens on Thursday afternoon it doesn’t shut down, going twenty four hours a day until late Sunday night. The Silent Disco is an all out dance party where everyone wears headphones while the DJ plays the tunes goes on until 4 a.m., and The Jake and Snake Christmas Club Barn featured DJs all day until 6 a.m. The motto is “radiate positivity” and the people live it through out the festival. It is common for random people walking by to be high fiving everyone they pass by. What other festival could you step on someone’s foot and them apologize to you.

There were so many great bands this year, but a couple of standouts for me this year were Wilderado, Boyfriend, July Talk, and Tove Lo, plus Marshmello Man. (All are pictured below.)

This is just my guess, but I suspect that you will see Bonnaroo become two festivals in one next year and going forward. I say this because of the layout of the land, being so large and the spacing of the stages, as it is you could have an upscale of this years EDM lineup. The Other stage is now large enough to handle the large EMD crowds that it drew this year and could easily draw even more big names.

If they either built or converted one of the other tents in place and expanded the Christmas barn, this end would be a huge draw and be little to no reason for these festivalgoers to venture to the other end. I also heard rumors that there might be a Country Music Festival in the works. Why not? You have everything in place, so why not take advantage of the facilities for more than the one week a year. Being so close to Nashville, this could easily become a huge deal, but again this is just a rumor.

We will have to wait and see what happens with Bonnaroo, but either way I can’t wait until next year the dates have been set for June 7th-10th in 2018.

Follow my concert photography on Instagram @markjacksonphotography1

Belly

Big Gigantic

Big Jesus

Charlotte Cardin

Cold War Kids

Deap Vally

Dram

Gallant

Leon

Lukas Nelson

Luke Combs

Milky Chance

Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Flint Eastwood

Head and the Heart

Tory Lanez

Travis Scott

Tucker Beathard

… plus the crowd!

 

 

 

 

He is Legend 7/14/17, Atlanta

Dates: July 14, 2017

Location: Masquerade, Atlanta GA

Live onstage at the Masquerade, along with opening acts To Speak of Wolves and Islander.

TEXT & PHOTOS BY TIFFINI TAYLOR

A hot summer night and I was in Hell!

I went to Hell to see He is Legend—well, technically, the Hell stage at the iconic Masquerade venue in Atlanta. Anyone who has a taste for hardcore metal knows He is Legend and, if they don’t, they are missing out. The North Carolina band is touring and bringing their music to the masses. I admit it, I like hardcore metal and to see good bands playing it live is truly a delight. They say music brings people together and I am a believer. Opening acts Speak of Wolves and Islander, along with the headliner, rocked the city.

To Speak of Wolves (above) is a band I had not really noticed before. I had always heard of the name but never really gave it a good listen. You know how you hear a song and then the DJ says the name of the band but it doesn’t click in your brain? Well, I now know who this band is and I am happy about it. A hardcore band out of North Carolina, To Speak of Wolves is a band you should check out. A great start to a great night of metal.

I saw a terrific band back in 2015 at Rock on the Range, and that band was Islander. They blew me away then and they blew me away again. Islander (above) knows how to do hardcore and they hail from South Carolina. These southern guys know how to rock. This show also showed a different side to hardcore that not many get to see. During the set, there was a touching tribute to Adrenaline Mob, who had recently been involved in a horrible accident. Islander took a moment and changed the room in this one moment. Have you ever been to a show that was so hardcore but then in one moment of it all there was a couple of minutes that showed heart? A moment like this is something to remember. Their music is hardcore but the band has heart.
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He is Legend took to the stage with a loud roar from the crowd. Hardcore at its finest. The Tar Heel state has always had some great bands come out of there state, and He is Legend is one of the best. Not only that, vocalist Schuylar Croom has great dance moves—and the entire band is filled with talented musicians who complement each other well. Guitars, drums, and bass filled the room with gyrating sound that shook the walls.  A great time was had by the crowd, there was even slam dancing, the old-style way and it was great. I did not participate in it, I’ve reached an age where my body does not bounce back easily, lol. Few is the name of recently released album from He is Legend. It is wonderful with the soulful voice of Schuylar Croom.

A great time was had by all this night. Looking for a night out with hardcore? Check out this tour—dates can be found HERE— because you will not be disappointed.

Lansing NC Blues Festival 6/10/17, Lansing NC

Dates: June 10, 2017

Location: Lansing, North Carolina

 

Tarheel Blues was alive and well at the second annual festival!

PHOTOS BY OLIVIA JEWELL

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Mike Thomas, Steve Hudson, and Terry Vuncannon of Lawyers, Guns and Money

 

Terry Vuncannon and Jamie Trollinger

Willie Shane Johnston of Red Dirt Revelators
 Jason Gardner and Clay Ford of Red Dirt Revelators
 Jamie Trollinger and Willie Shane Johnston of Red Dirt Revelators
Jamie Trollinger of Red Dirt Revelators
Pamela Glossner of Half Baked Betty

Seth Williams

Terry Vuncannon and Seth Williams
 Terry Vuncannon
Bryan Smith of Smitty and the Jumpstarters
Steve Blake of Smitty and the Jumpstarters
Bryan Smith of Smitty and the Jumpstarters
 Ann Baskerville
 Janice Vuncannon and Ann Baskerville
Louise Hudson and Martha Powell
Phone #: 336-932-2317

Bonnaroo Music Festival 2017

This year’s event took place June 8th-11th in Manchester, TN, and featured, among many changes, an expanded Other stage.

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY: MARK JACKSON

The great music festival known as Bonnaroo took place Thursday June 8th thru Sunday night the 12th on “The Farm” in Manchester, TN. Bonnaroo turned Sixteen this year and it defiantly was a sweet sixteen! Bonnaroo has always been known and praised for its ability to put together a diverse lineup. This year might have been its most diverse year yet, and the attendance numbers – over sixty five thousand – seems to show the people approve.

This year they took the Other tent and turned it into a full-on open air stage just like the Which stage and the What stage. This new stage may have been part of the reason the festival attendance was up over last year as this stage catered to the electronic crowd. With such acts as Nghtmre, Herobust (below), and Marshmello Man (below), this stage keep the EDM crowd engaged and dancing with the most intense light shows and l.e.d. light boards that I have ever witnessed.

This year’s headliners included U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, and The Weeknd. This in itself is a very diverse lineup, but now add in the EDM acts, a ton of new and up and coming acts, and a little country just for good measure and you have yourself one hell of a good weekend.

Bonnaroo also has a ton of vendors of all types of food including vegan food, lots of drink options with Miller Lite (Cherokee Distributing) and Bacardi being huge sponsors this year. There were also lots of vendors of all types of goods such as earrings, festival wear and casual clothing, paintings, hammocks, and air capture loungers that seemed to be all the rage this year.

The weather was the best it has been in the last three years that I have been attending the festival, with the first three days being sunny and in the mid-80s during the day and around 60 at night. Sunday rose to the lower 90s but was bearable as I ducked in and out of the shade and was able to stay hydrated with lots of water filling station across the farm. Many people took advantage of the water fountain mushroom, as it was a great place to cool off each day.

The people are the main reason this is one if not the best festival of the year. You will see all kinds of unique characters as you venture across the grounds.

Once Centeroo opens on Thursday afternoon it doesn’t shut down, going twenty four hours a day until late Sunday night. The Silent Disco is an all out dance party where everyone wears headphones while the DJ plays the tunes goes on until 4 a.m., and The Jake and Snake Christmas Club Barn featured DJs all day until 6 a.m. The motto is “radiate positivity” and the people live it through out the festival. It is common for random people walking by to be high fiving everyone they pass by. What other festival could you step on someone’s foot and them apologize to you.

There were so many great bands this year, but a couple of standouts for me this year were Wilderado, Boyfriend, July Talk, and Tove Lo, plus Marshmello Man. (All are pictured below.)

This is just my guess, but I suspect that you will see Bonnaroo become two festivals in one next year and going forward. I say this because of the layout of the land, being so large and the spacing of the stages, as it is you could have an upscale of this years EDM lineup. The Other stage is now large enough to handle the large EMD crowds that it drew this year and could easily draw even more big names.

If they either built or converted one of the other tents in place and expanded the Christmas barn, this end would be a huge draw and be little to no reason for these festivalgoers to venture to the other end. I also heard rumors that there might be a Country Music Festival in the works. Why not? You have everything in place, so why not take advantage of the facilities for more than the one week a year. Being so close to Nashville, this could easily become a huge deal, but again this is just a rumor.

We will have to wait and see what happens with Bonnaroo, but either way I can’t wait until next year the dates have been set for June 7th-10th in 2018.

 Follow my concert photography on Instagram @markjacksonphotography1

Belly

Big Gigantic

Big Jesus

Charlotte Cardin

Cold War Kids

Deap Vally

Dram

Gallant

Leon

Lukas Nelson

Luke Combs

Milky Chance

Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Flint Eastwood

Head and the Heart

Tory Lanez

Travis Scott

Tucker Beathard

… plus the crowd!

 

 

 

 

Cory Branan & Jon Snodgrass 6/22/17, Denver

Dates: June 22, 2017

Location: Hi-Dive, Denver CO

Live at the Hi-Dive!

TEXT BY TIM HINELY/ PHOTOS BY JEFFREY WEBB DAVIS

It was my first time seeing Jon Snodgrass but I really have no excuse as between solo gigs and his band Drag the River he’s always taking one stage or another here in the Mile High City (or his home in Ft. Collins). And the guy is like a folk hero around here too. People love him. He cut his teeth in the 90’s in the band Armchair Martian (think Husker Du) then continued on in a more country direction with D.T.R. and his solo material. He’s a lifer.

On this night armed with an acoustic guitar and a ton of stories to tell, Snodgrass kept the mostly full Hi Dive audience rapt with longtime fans/friends shouting out songs they wanted to hear, knowing his catalog a helluva lot better than I do (or maybe better than Snodgrass himself). The guy’s got plenty of talent and enough charisma (helluva sense of humor, too) to deliver and he did indeed deliver. Toward the end of the set Branan joined him on stage for a few songs and all was (more) right with the world.

Bloodshot Records guy Cory Branan has played Denver at least a few other times and I kept missing him but I made it a point to be there on this Thursday night. Plus this tireless gentleman just got off the road as he spent all of March/April  hitting most of the American south (the guy is part machine, I think). He didn’t disappoint. Like his buddy Snodgrass he was armed with only an acoustic guitar an playing a barrage of songs off  all his records (including his brand new one Adios, on the venerable Bloodshot label…I loved his last one, 2014’s No-Hit Wonder).

On stage the Mississippi born n’ bred songwriter  is a bundle of energy, half Joe Strummer and half John Prine and it appears that he has a serious love of both, country and punk rock. He’s a hard hitter on that acoustic guitar of his, slamming the string downs (he broke a few during the night) and he was no less reckless when his pal Snodgrass joined him on stage. Blasting out a Warren Zevon cover (“Excitable Boy”) while from Adios we heard “I Only Know” and the politically-charged “Another Night in America.”

Elsewhere from No-Hit Wonder we heard “Missing You Fierce’ and “All the Rivers in Colorado” (which got lots of hoots n’ yelps from this hometown crowd) and a whole bunch of songs in between (including the excellent “Prettiest Waitress in Memphis”).

Not a lot of people out there can entrance an audience when all you have on stage is your acoustic guitar and your voice but Branan is no ordinary songwriter (as I said, part machine) he sings from his heart and intelligently of the human condition (he even stated that his latest album “mostly songs about death”) and he handles these topics with grace and aplomb. If I haven’t made it clear yet the guy is the real deal, don’t miss him.

 

One Less Reason 6/17/17, Jackson TN

Dates: June 17, 2017

Location: The Bassmnt, Jackson TN

Live at The Bassmnt, vowels optional.

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY MARK JACKSON

Fresh off of their Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma appearances, One Less Reason returned to their roots and played a homecoming show in Jackson, Tennessee, at the Bassmnt live venue. Although lead singer Cris Brown has called Memphis home for some time now, he hails from Jackson and that’s where his first band Lap Dog was born. The band Lap Dog didn’t start out as expected as their first gig was a night club in Jackson called Spinakers that allowed them to play on the outside patio. Halfway through the band’s set the manager actually paid them one hundred dollars to stop playing and load up.

If you have heard One Less Reason in the last twelve years then you already know they have defiantly gotten better. The nine albums since forming One less Reason has had several member changes along the way, but the constant has been Cris’s vocals and writing. With a controlled soulful voice that can go from soft heart touching all the way up to screaming rock that will have you jumping in the aisle.

One Less Reason’s first radio hit was back in 2005 with the single “Favorite Color” and have had a great underground follow ever since. With the release of The Memories Uninvited in 2016 the band has scored yet another hit with “Break Me” and even toured with Sick Puppies before landing not one but two Festival spots so far this year. The current line up seems to have come together as a whole firing on all cylinders and every member has mastered their instrument with the best stage presence to date.

Cris had a surprise in store for the hometown crowd and brought out ex guitarist Jerry Bailey for a couple acoustic songs, it was a great and touching moment for those of us who have been long time fans. Another highlight of the evening for me was when OLR played the song “uneasy”. Cris announced this was the first time he had played the song live. Cris brought up Anne Cline, an up and coming artist with his record label Tattoo Millionaire Records, to sing the female part originally sang by Blair Simpson.

If you are tired of the trend of the screaming heavy metal or the rap/rock acts that start to sound like one another, I encourage you to download some of the One Less Reason albums and make rock great again.

To see and follow more of Mark’s concert pictures follow @markjacksonphotography1

 

Skillet 6/6/17, Memphis

Dates: June 6, 2017

Location: New Daisy Theatre, Memphis TN

Live at the New Daisy Theatre, in music city Memphis.

TEXT & PHOTOS BY MARK JACKSON

Skillet and Devour The Day (below) played the Famous New Daisy Theatre on June 6th and both bands brought their A game.

This was a special night for Skillet’s lead singer John Cooper who formed the band back in 1996 in Memphis, TN. John took this opportunity to invite his family and close friends to come out for a hometown show. John took time to acknowledge them and even stated that his dad was excited to experience the show since he had good earplugs in! There was another friend and celebrity who came out to support the band, none other than Zack Myers guitarist for Shinedown who is also a Memphian. I had the good fortune to see and photograph Skillet just two weeks before at Rock On The Range in Columbus Ohio where they had a great set, but this performance was ten times better. Maybe it was due to the smaller venue, the full stage setup which included hydraulic pedestals for guitarists (wife) Korey and Seth that allowed them to rise above the stage almost reaching the ceiling, or maybe it was because John had his family and friends in the house. Whatever it was this was this Christian rock band put on a stellar performance that left everyone wanting more!

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit + Amanda Shires 6/18/17, Raleigh

Dates: June 18, 2017

Location: North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC

Eyes as big as stars, all under a starry night at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC.

TEXT & PHOTOS BY TODD GUNSHER

I think it can be easily said that the coolest dad in Raleigh this past Father’s Day was Jason Isbell. On the second date of the tour supporting his latest record, The Nashville Sound, he put on one hell of a rock and roll show to a sold-out crowd under a starry North Carolina night.

Coming out of the gate with “Cumberland Gap” and “Stockholm,” Jason and his longtime band The 400 Unit signified, as always, that they mean business. Unlike many songwriters who hire different musicians whenever they hit the road, the fact that Isbell goes out with the same players brings a consistency that strengthens the music. While the songs are Isbell’s, on stage this is a band, not a singer with some supporting players. Jason clearly thinks highly of the guys, Sadler Vaden, (guitar), Jimbo Hart, (bass), Derry DeBorja (keyboards) and Chad Gamble (drums), introducing each of them multiple times throughout the night, often with a dryly delivered one-liner. Joining the 400 Unit on fiddle and vocals was Isbell’s wife Amanda Shires who, with her own band, also opened the show (below).

You can find reviews of The Nashville Sound elsewhere (it’s already got my vote for the album of the year), but Jason is obviously proud of the work as eight of it’s 10 songs made up nearly half the set. Great songwriters transcend genre but must also continually work at their craft, and Isbell’s work over the years puts him in the upper echelon of great songwriters. Throughout the night, all the songs, whether “Outfit” (complete with a Father’s Day dedication to his dad) and “Decoration Day” from his Drive-

By Truckers days, or the most recent songs like “Tupelo” and “White Man’s World” all fit alongside one another and all seem equally familiar.  I was really glad to hear “Something To Love” which became a favorite upon my first listen, and judging by the response of the crowd I’m not alone. Not only was it a setlist with with no filler, it’s near impossible to even find a throwaway line, he is a true craftsman. And then there’s his guitar playing, which is not only great, but played on a stunning collection of instruments that I’m sure didn’t go unnoticed by the other guitar nerds in the audience.

The band ended the set with the quiet of “Cover Me Up” followed by the heavy riffing of “Anxiety.” Returning to the stage for the encore, they slowed things back down with “If We Were Vampires,” a beautiful song off the new record that already ranks up there with the best of his material. To close out the night, Jason said they were going to play an Allman Brothers song, to the obvious delight of the southern crowd. Remembering Gregg Allman, Jason told of how Gregg had correctly predicted that his and Amanda’s baby was going to be a girl and the band then hit the familiar riff of “Whipping Post.” True to the Allmans influence, this rendition definitely hit the note with soaring solos by both Vaden and Isbell and was a perfect way to send us home.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have a full schedule of dates lined up so catch them if you can, they definitely don’t disappoint.

 

Setlist:

Cumberland Gap

Stockholm

Hope The High Road

Something More Than Free

Decoration Day

White Man’s World

Tupelo

Codeine

Alabama Pines

Last of my kind

Something To Love

24 Frames

Outfit

If it takes a lifetime

Cover Me Up

Anxiety

 

Encore:

Vampires

Whipping Post

Animal Collective + Circuit des Yeux 5/24/17, Northampton MA

Dates: May 24, 2017

Location: Calvin Theater, Northampton, Mass.

The location was the Calvin Theater in Northampton; the reaction was pure euphoria, an all-body experience. Scroll down to view the photo gallery.

TEXT & PHOTOS BY JENNIFER KELLY

Since its early aughts emergence, Animal Collective has spliced campfire songs with club beats. They’re one of the few bands to have been counted, loosely, approximately and simultaneously in both the freak folk and the noise-dance-Black-Dice-ish camps, though neither designation ever fit very well. Lately, though, the beat-driven, rave-y side of them has predominated. Records like last year’s Painting With and the subsequent EP The Painters have had less of the soaring and lyrical, more of the thudding programmed rhythms, and the current live show, which leans heavily on these two releases, is likewise trance-y and electronic. If your favorite Animal Collective thing ever was Sung Tongs (or perhaps the EP with Vashti Bunyan), this would NOT be your show.

And yet, for the crowd of kids packed around the stage — a couple of them dressed in pajama-like animal costumes — the current iteration was a powerful euphoric. In the first couple of rows, the pounding beats surged up from the floor like an electric current, the sing-song-y lyrics lifted animal (sorry) spirits up to the rafters, and the elaborate onstage art, flashed and pulsed in time, an all-body experience if there ever was one.

The night opened with Haley Fohr’s Circuit des Yeux, a stark, spare version of her extreme vocal art, accompanied by 12-string, loops and lots of pedals. She is thin and spry and a little gawky, an excellent picker in the American primitive tradition, but the really surprising thing about her, every time, is how deep and powerful her voice is. She seems, since the last time I saw her, to have settled more comfortably into live performance, no longer hiding behind hair and a trucker’s hat, but taking up a center position and letting loose with her velvety contralto. She can hold a note for two or three measures, the tone absolutely clear and pummeling and far from drifting off, actually crescendoing as she goes.

I hadn’t realized, up to this point, how good of a guitar player she was either. She sounds at times like Jack Rose in a particularly lyrical “Crossing North Forks” frame of mine, at others like mystical Basho, at still others plays with a bossa nova lilt in her lines. The set culminates in a long, multi-part “Story of this World,” a song which appears on 2015’s In Plain Speech, but which here is blown out into a folk-rock-psych odyssey, moving from pretty folk to thunderous guitar feedback and back again. Extraordinary set.

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Animal Collective follows, with Panda Bear, Geologist and Avey Tare set up on consoles and a drummer on kit in the back. It is, possibly, because so much of their work is three guys twiddling knobs that the stage show is so critical and elaborate. Three grey statues flank the stage, crossing Easter Island monumentality with a line-drawn whimsy: they are, left to right, a woman in a bow-tie, a dog with a party hat and a hand sticking out of his head, and an approximation of Mr. Potatohead as drawn by Picasso. I say they’re grey, and that’s their natural state, but over the course of the show, they are lit up in every rainbow color, pulsing in orange, blue, green, red, purple in time to Animal Collective’s powerful rhythms. The whole back wall of the stage is taken up by a painted screen, on which images, some abstract, some literal, all colorful, are projected throughout the show. Some of the imagery ties directly into lyrical content (during “Bees” there are bees on the screen), and all of it is coordinated to shifts in tempo and musical phrasing, so I imagine Animal Collective must follow a pretty strict set list, so as to match up to the visuals. Even so, however, the light show doesn’t seem to constrain the show or push it in unwanted directions or even distract; it is as much a part of the experience as the music itself.

The show opens with altered, abstracted vocal sounds and then the big hard beat of “Hocus Pocus,” the dark stage lit up, all of the sudden with spiraling blue lights. A playful, island mood takes over in the trebly “Water Curses,” from an EP released almost ten years ago, with strobing flashes of red and yellow lighting up the stage and statues. You don’t want to be an epileptic at this show. A more spiritual vibe emerges from the surging, intercutting voices of “Guys Eyes,” as Avey Tare sings “Need her, need her,” over and over. A string of happy, peppy, electronically jacked songs ensues “Burglars,” “On Delay,” and then the staccato, sticks on rims syncopation of “Sweet Road,” the splayed harpsichord chords of “Bees” brings us back, briefly, into a more lyrical, vulnerable early avatar of the band. (Though not unchanged, “Bees” is a lot more hopping-up-and-down jacked than I remember it.) The main set closes with an extended version of “Summertime Clothes,” which so pleases the crowd (and the band) that they stop once and do a bit of the chorus again.

An encore starts with the messy staticky electric pop of “Recycling” and “Kinda Bonkers” and then finishes with “Daily Routine,” a prime example of the kind of soaring, melodic anthemry that Animal Collective used to regularly pull off and now mostly avoids. Towards the end Panda Bear trades vocals with Avey Tare, Tare in a rhythmic chant, Bear in baroquely beautiful descants. The audience has applauded three times like the show is over before he finishes, but he keeps coming back with another achingly pretty choral flourish. Yeah, we missed it, too.