Last post about Justin Vernon for a while, but have to give an extremely positive review from The Shouting Matches show last night at First Avenue. Vernon & Crew ripped through an hour-long set that included cuts from their latest album, Grownass Man, some older chestnuts like “Bear,” a ramped-up gospel song (the name of which I am not familiar) and a cover of “Crazy Mama” by J.J. Cale, who passed last week at age 74.
In what was one of the weirder and yet more pleasant experiences I have ever had at a show, we wound up watching from balcony stage left next to the Vernon family. Immediately following the show, my friend Tiffany and I met and thanked Justin’s parents for conceiving such a musical genius.
(Favorite exchange: “Are you Justin’s dad?” Tiffany asked. “I may have had something to do with that,” he said. Easy to tell where he gets his cool from.)
Just a couple of 50-somethings whose son has won a Grammy Award, appeared on multiple Kanye West albums and, you know, proven himself a freaking alchemist with each band he is a part of.