KCRW’s biggest My Morning Jacket fan now has an opportunity to join the friends and family of KCRW for a very special and intimate evening at the Village Studios for a live performance.

The Village Recording Studio will open its doors to the public for this rare opportunity to benefit KCRW. This studio has hosted many talented musicians and there they have recorded some of the most influential works of our time. There will be just over 200 people present for the show, and many of them are close KCRW Friends & Family.

True fans can’t miss this incredible evening. We love our KCRW fans – and that is why we opened up the pre-sale to KCRW members first. But now, HERE, we’d like to show a little love for the biggest My Morning Jacket fan.

How do you win?

Do you love My Morning Jacket!? Tell us one of your favorite MMJ moments for a chance to attend their KCRW Benefit Concert!

  • Comment on this post.  Include your full name and a fun personal experience you’d like to share that makes you a My Morning Jacket Fan.
  • SIGN IN using Facebook — Make sure to check the box under the comment to “SHARE” your comment on Facebook.
    Please include your EMAIL ADDRESS. It will NOT publicize your email address, but it will make it possible for us to contact winners!

All comments submitted by Noon on Monday, June 20 – before the close of MBE are eligible.

** KCRW Staff will read through and select our favorite MMJ story! This ONE winner will be contacted just after MBE on Monday, June 20. The show is the following Tuesday night, June 21. Be ready to go!

 


Circuital will be available to stream on demand from May 23 through June 21, 2011. The album will be released on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

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  • jonathan q

    Hello KCRW,

    I'm jonathan, a KCRW member for some years. When I first learned about MMJ, I immediately fell in love with their music. To my fortune, that same weekend I was wondering at Amoeba san francisco and found MMJ albums I had never seen: Acoustic Citsuoca: Live at the Startime Pavilion and Run Thru!

    The only time I had tickets to see MMJ I had to sell them. My gf at the time had to go to the emergency room. Can you believe that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Jones/1300766376 Amy Jones

    Saw them for the first time at the Henry Fonda in '05; Saw them at the Fillmore for NYE in '06; Saw them in Portland '07 at the Crystal; then at Radio City in June 2008; These were all great shows no doubt about that. The BEST one, however, was in August 2008 when I met my husband on the rail at the Edgefield show. We now have a 6 month old daughter who's initials may or may not be MMJ.

    • Bar Fly

      MMJ is also an abbreviation for medical marijuana – Might wanna consider future teasing – trust me.. My initials are BLT
      ;-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Jones/1300766376 Amy Jones

        But BLT's are DELICIOUS! ;)

        • Too Many Beans

          ROTFL

          Well, by that thinking, so is Medical Mary Jane! ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonspitz Jason Spitz

    I saw My Morning Jacket at the Greek a few years ago….got tickets in the C section, but made a friend in line at the bar who helped me get in to the A section, right down by the stage!!! During "Wordless Chorus", Jim James wore this crazy long cape, and he'd raise his arm and cover his face with it like Dracula, only to drop his arm and reappear just as he hit the "aaaaaahhhhh" chorus. It was great showmanship…funny, but also kind of cool. MMJ is awesome!

  • Jenn Stamm

    In True MMJ & KCRW form of giving back I would love to win this ticket for my friend Ravi. I first met Ravi 3000 miles away at MMJ's T5 residency in NYC. It was truly an amazing experience to see them play all their albums live and meet so many dedicated fellow fans. It turned out Ravi lives a mere few blocks away from me in Venice and has become a great friend. He has had a beautiful year filled with an engagement but also a loss of his Father. This week is his birthday and I couldn't think of a better gift to give him and fill his soul with the sweetness of a show of a lifetime of his favorite band.

  • Stephanie Kinsella

    Ok. Where do I begin? My sister who is a huge MMJ fan introduced me to them and I was hooked from the moment I heard them. I haven't been this moved by a musical group since Radiohead! Z was love at first listen from infatuation with Wordless Chorus to the rapture of Off the Record and Into the Woods. It is so rare that you love every single song on an entire album. Aside from the fact that Knot Comes Loose was a crtitical element of healing a broken heart, Jim James is a musical genius. I have no reason to doubt the rave reviews I have heard from my sister who I have to thank for turning me onto them. Unfortunately I was out of the country for the Greek Theatre performance last summer and much to my dismay, I was blocked from purchcasing tickets for the Village show due to my my employer/school web security setting. This despite being glued to my computer at 9:45 am anxiously waiting for the sale to open and buy tickets. Needless to say, I was crushed. I am begging you for this opportunity to Z and hear them live.

    Sincerely,
    Hot Heels Anticipating
    (Stephanie)

  • http://www.facebook.com/betsykcrw Betsy Kcrw

    Hi there. Just a quick note – I got a call letting me know that the Facebook CONNECT button was not appearing as an option to LOG IN and leave a comment.

    As a result – any comment will be eligible to win the tickets to MMJ, but if you DO see the Facebook option we strongly encourage you to use it, and to share your response and help us spread the word about KCRW and this giveaway!

    Thanks so much,
    Betsy

    PS – If you have any questions find me on facebook and ask away. http://facebook.com/betsykcrw

  • Andrea Matos

    The first time I saw MMJ was at the Troubadour back in 2003 when they all had long hair and stared at the floor while they played. The club was sold out so I grabbed a spot against the wall, and when I looked over, I realized I was standing next to one of my idols, filmmaker Cameron Crowe. I had just read an article Crowe had written about the "etiquette" of backstage passes for Rolling Stone. Although I didn't have a backstage pass (I wished!), I did have a sticker for the VIP bar. Thanks to Crowe's article, I'd stuck the pass on the leg of my jeans (as opposed to the front of my shirt). I finally had the courage to strike up conversation with him and giddily pointed to the sticker on my leg. My Morning Jacket + Troubadour + Cameron Crowe = one of the most memorable nights of my life!

  • melissa bell

    My morning jacket makes my girthy thighs giggle for joy!

  • Eli Nunez

    One of my best MMJ experiences was my first one, New Year's Eve in San Francisco, 2006. I had only been listening to the band for a year or so, bought all of their albums and become obsessed with their music. I was front row, center stage, hanging on the barricade the entire night. I soaked in every single moment from the skits that opened and closed the show, their monumental jams, and insane covers during the 3 hours and 45 minutes they were on stage. I have seen them a handful of times since that night and would feel so incredibly blessed if I was one of the 200 lucky souls in The Village next week.

  • http://twitter.com/standupfalldown Dr. David Robinson

    I've been fortunate enough to see My Morning Jacket several times, but the best was a few years back at SXSW at the Austin Music Hall. HUGE venue and I was supposed to meet several different people at the show. Of course, I had gotten there early, but as the set time approached with most of the old gang reunited, I was still having trouble finding my former boss from the venue I worked at in college. Just as I was about to give up hope on having the whole gang of folks together for the show, we saw each other through the crowd and met up just as the opening strains of "Evil Urges" filled the air . . . the musical equivalent of Carl Spackler's description of meeting the Lama, "…The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking."

    Great time, amazing show, and I'm loving the new album – it would be an honor & a pleasure to see MMJ at The Village!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rebecca-Pardess/30500646 Rebecca Pardess

    The day I decided to take action and quit my miserable job (without a back up) to pursue my dream career was the same day I saw My Morning Jacket at The Greek in 2010. I entered the venue that evening nervous and distracted by what was to come of my jobless future. But as soon as the show began, the music and Jim James' owl calls took a firm hold of my body (and soul), wringing and flailing the negativity out and away. They played "Wonderful (The Way I feel)", a Circuital preview unbeknownst to most of us. While I couldn't sing along, I felt every melody and lyric pass through me, like sweet, slow, comforting molasses. The venue was brimming with love. It was the best show I'd ever seen and left me feeling confident about my choice to pursue happiness. Two weeks later I received a call from an interested employer and have been happily working ever since. Fast forward almost one year, I met Bo Koster after seeing Head & The Heart at the Troubador and thanked him for existing. He said "I'm just the keyboardist." I love My Morning Jacket.

  • Nick Beermann

    My favorite MMJ moment was in a hospital in Tokyo where I ended up after a bike accident. I was supposed to go to their show the weekend after but could not so I listened to them on the IPod instead. Very heartwarming…..

  • Jason Murphy

    My brother has been a MMJ fan for years, first seeing them a few times in Austin and Bonnaroo. At 25, my brother moved from Texas after dropping out of college and suffering from severe alcoholism to Los Angeles because he had nowhere else to turn. As a poor college graduate barely surviving, I did what any older brother would do and took care of him as best as I could. It was frustrating at its best spending time with him because of the constant self-destructive drinking. Watching someone waste away leaves you feeling powerless. Despite the fighting and arguing those first few months, we bonded closer than ever before one Christmas driving to Ohio to visit my father and listening to Okonokos on repeat. Months later, he would completely implode and I would have to put him into rehab. A 25 year old putting his 24 year old brother into rehab was incredibly difficult on me. I found myself returning to Okonokos again and again trying to find some kind of solace in the moments of chaos. It was a grounding force in many ways, just when things seemed bleakest. Money was incredibly tight. Everything I had, both financially and emotionally, when in support of his recovery. And Okonokos was a source of sustenance. Through his recoveries and relapses, I keep returning to Okonokos to remind myself of the brother I have when times grow dark.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mary_kathryn_ mary k stafford

    I've actually never told anyone this first part, but it is all true. I had met a guy online through a dating website and we had a mutual love for MMJ. He lived in Chicago and we had been talking for a couple months when he suggested I come up there for a show. MMJ had postponed some dates from when Jim got hurt and rescheduled them after Christmas in 2008. I live in Little Rock, Arkansas so this guy bought me a round-trip ticket as well as tickets to the show and booked a room downtown for like 5 days. (Kinda creepy, right? I didn't care, I was getting to see my first MMJ show!!) So my plane is supposed to take off the day after christmas. first time i flew anywhere by myself and let's not forget to meet a complete stranger through a dating website and have to stay 5 days with! Luckily there were 2 beds. my flight got delayed due to fog and I missed the plane I was supposed to be on the next morning, but my luggage did not.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mary_kathryn_ mary k stafford

    Continued from above…..Once i got on the next flight out and made it to O'Hare, my luggage was on it's way back to who knows where. Because that flight was so early, I was in sweatpants, a faded tie-dye tshirt, purple jacket, and big boots. The concert was that night and I wore pj's to see them play. I never talked to that guy again after that weekend, but by golly I'll never forget that concert and the sweetest relief when the guys came out. I seriously didn't believe I was there and that was really them at first. and I got so close!!!!! I sure do hope that'll do. cause that rehab story is a crusher.

  • JJ McCabe

    I first heard My Morning Jacket in high school, when one of their songs, Dondante, was included on a mixtape a friend made me. It was just one song, sure, but Dondante shepherded me along through breakups, existential angst and senior ennui. I devoured their entire discography in my early college years – which brings me to the present day, here, rocking out to Circuital while I fill out grant applications (yeah, during the summer) and plan my future. It sounds like a bunch of commenters here have already seen My Morning Jacket live – so, good sirs and madams of KCRW, why not take a chance on a young unknown and longtime listener, who has made My Morning Jacket part of her life's soundtrack and is ready for many, many more years of awesome? If you touch me, I just think I'll scream!

  • https://www.facebook.com/people/Ernesto-Jimenez-MacFarland/694756966 Ernesto Jimenez MacFarland

    I think I first EXPERIENCED My Morning Jacket, driving through the Baja California desert, and "Gideon" came on. I think I must have felt how others did when people first discovered Pink Floyd…and then "Off the Record" came on. I have been listening to their music, watched the concert films, and just got the new record, and they continue to be authentic and relevant. I am from Baja, and wether they know it or not, MMJ are forever part of it's landscape. I wish them continued inspiration.

  • Dianne Por Supuesto

    My memory isn't so much a "fun" one, but it's one of my most personal. First time I heard MMJ I was sitting in a booth, having a late breakfast in Spokane's, The Elk. I was there for the winter holidays visiting the bf's family. It was only about a week after burying my fun, beautiful, and favorite tia (auntie) and my birthday. "It Beats 4 U" came on and at first I was just enthralled with the long opening. And then, I heard the first lines. It's hard, really, to put into words how I felt. A mixture of pain, regret, acceptance, love, and memories. The song could be so meaningful in many ways and for me all those emotions tied to this song made me smile, a deep internal smile of peace. Z helped me fill a void; thus began my love affair with MMJ. Phew, all out. For all who read this, appreciate all you have.

  • Khoa

    Make this my first My Morning Jacket experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brigid-OConnell/19800517 Brigid O'Connell

    My first live experience with My Morning Jacket was at Bonnaroo in 2005. They were our biggest reason for the trip. My brother and I drove the 20 hours from New Hampshire in two days. Cruising down the highway I was sitting up front just watching a stretch of road, so excited to see this band live. I was awestruck watching them perform onstage with giant puppets dancing around them. They drew me in immediately and still have that effect six years later.
    There’s nobody else in the world who has me hanging on every lyric and every note of their music. My Morning Jacket has the skill and diversity to put out remarkably varied music album after album and every opportunity I get to see them I am flooded with love, respect and admiration for their music and the experience they provide for their fans.
    KCRW, perhaps you devised a simple plan that would change the fate of man… or maybe just this one woman.

    Devoted MMJ lover,
    Brigid

  • oscar martinez

    My first introduction to MMJ was a few years back while having dinner & listening to kcrw. They were previewing their newest release Z. I was so captivated by their sound that I immediately started to look back at some of their earlier work. I couldn't believe that I had not come across this band before. Their music just touches my soul. Like their song "the way that he sings" says, It's a meaning that I understand. I missed them that year at the Greek one day after my birthday. And for a whole year looked forward to their return. Was definately worth the wait! To see them in an intimate show at the Village would be great. Every time I introduce thier music to someone I feel like I'm sharing the Gospel of sound. The diversity and honesty in their music never gets old.
    Please continue to inspire all true music lovers!And thanks, KCRW!

  • Pablove Megan

    The nonprofit organization I work for had traveled to New Orleans for Voodoo fest over Halloween weekend last year. Coming from a production background I had worked some pretty long and hard days, but the whole music festival scene was unbelievably exhausting! You get up every morning with the sun and you can't leave the park until every last straggler has cleared out. In the meantime, you're trying to get a rowdy and fun-seeking crowd to become an advocate for a cause you hold near and dear. By the end of the weekend I had barely sat down for a meal or worked less than 20 hours a day, much less thought about seeing any bands. But on Sunday night the crowd died down and my co-workers granted me the best gift ever by letting me sneak away to see my one of my favorite bands: My Morning Jacket. Not just My Morning Jacket, but MMJ in New Orleans on Halloween. It was electrifying. I made it up to the front row and nearly blew out my eardrums, but as I walked away from the stage I had completely forgotten about how hard I worked that weekend and I just felt lucky.

  • Kyle Sinner

    I first was introduced to the band by friend when I lived in Mexico in 2007. It was at Sasquatch 2010 where they sealed the deal as my favorite live band! All of my friends were screaming at me to climb the hill for the last show of the night Deadmau5 but I refused to miss MMJ's ripping, tearing, shredding encore. It proved to be the right move. Oh man, they are amazing performers, instrumentalists, and musicians…There was probably only about forty of us left for the final encore, I am standing about six feet from the stage and the band is going nuts! They were the best performance of the festival for me!

  • Michael Towell

    I'll never forget my first introduction to Mmj… I was fortunate enough to have a mini disc player at the time and someone loaned me this cd. I remember it clearly for some reason as i had hit random on the disk. The song It beats for you" started playing, and by songs end i remember being overwhelmed with joy and eyes swelled with tears. At this particular time in my life i was sitting in an 6×8 cell…
    I haven't looked back since ~

  • Michael Antonacci

    I walked past a smoked streaked bar outside the mid Wilshire district that was owned by a bartender whose name should be Nino who made the best Old Fashions I've had in Los Angeles. The bar dripped with history, had a smoked hickory smell which enhanced the flavors of rich charred barrels of my bourbon beverage. I met with some friends who told me I was going with them to a show at the Wiltern Theatre to see a band from Kentucky. Not having any knowledge of their music, I was immediately interested in going because there was a beautiful Brunette with blue eyes that made you feel you were lost in a Tahitian Lagoon. She was from Tennessee. Her first words told me my California Ass needed some Southern rock. I followed her down Wilshire Blvd with a dream and a vision, a moment in life when you feel you are at the right place at the right time. We walked in this musical venue that was draped in Red Velvet curtains, gold staircase railings and white marbled flooring with gothic light fixtures tinting the air with a golden hew. I took my place near the bar on the top balcony and looked at the stage which had a jungle like mesh screen and as the light drew down a hand floated down onto mine with a whisper into my ear "hello". I peered to my left and could see that ocean in the pacific when a slow beat of the drums began and a soft sweet soothing howl began to open a new chapter in my life. It was My Morning Jacket, The Wiltern and love. It was 2005.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Jones/1300766376 Amy Jones

      With absolutely no snarkiness intended, they wouldn't have played the Wiltern in 2005; you must have meant 2007. :)

  • kklarwood

    People always told me that the song to which you lose your virginity to is going to be burned into your memory as the actual act is. Who would have guessed that that song would be sung by the heart-renching, and for lack of a better word – orgasmic, voice of Jim James and the sounds of My Morning Jacket.
    It was a dry summer night in Northern California, I was 16 years old and spent the late evening gazing at the stars and smoking pot on my then boyfriends hillside by his house. I was nervous. Nervous that when he would leave for Italy in only four days for a year, that I would never see him again.
    My anxiety was then calmed by the smooth and delicate sounds of a distant guitar strum. I thought to myself, this could be it – this could be the moment when my life changes. And it did.
    The song was "I Will Sing You Songs" and the band, whom I would inevitably grow to cherish was My Morning Jacket.
    The sounds, the awe, the experience was practically perfect. With the dark sky above and the glowing moon shining down on us that night, I was immediately taken into a trance of pure ecstasy as an emotional wave leapt over me.
    As the song ended, I felt nothing but joy and beauty in what was happening around me. With the subtle tapping on the symbols finishing the song, the world felt right as I embraced My Morning Jacket as the band that had been a part of something most intimate in my life.

  • http://alexking.com alex king

    I have always been a fan of My Morning Jacket since AT DAWN. And because of my obsession towards music I have always shared it to my baby boomer parents. Sometimes I get them hooked and sometimes I dreadfully miss. I always told my mom about My Morning Jacket and finally handed her a CD. There wasn't a time in her car that I didn't hear It Still Moves. She said they reminded her of the 60s living in the midwest.

    Prior to a Bob Dylan concert in Telluride Park back in the 05 or 06, we learned that My Morning Jacket would be opening in town park. It was a beautiful afternoon in the Colorado mountains and my mother had just finished her chemotherapy and she was excited for our double header. Much to say MMJ blew everyone away, with cries of "who ARE these guys!?" and we just smiled, told people and danced.

    It was a wonderful day that I remember fondly with happiness, joy and rockin james. She passed away in 2008 and every time I listen to Jim James' croon I think of my her dancing in the park.

  • Amy Wade

    Once upon a time, I was just a young, single girl in Atlanta who was becoming increasingly more interested in a new band called My Morning Jacket. The year was 2003, and I had become introduced to them through an Oxford American compilation CD, and through an enthusiastic fan I had just started dating (and later became my husband). On our first "overnight" together, he drove me to Athens, GA to see them perform in a small venue called the 40-Watt. I liked this guy, and figured that 24+ hours together would be a good compatibility test. As you may or may not know, the 40-Watt has been a favorite venue for many up and comers, including local favorites REM.

    By the time they came on stage, probably around 11pm, I had already had a half-dozen or so Jack & Cokes. Which, is a lot for me. They came on stage and put on the first of many incredible MMJ shows I have seen. I made my way to the front of the stage, drunk on Jack Daniels, and was so happy to see they were playing in bare feet. I touched their toes! I can say that I have touched Jim James' toes. I also drunkenly yelled "HAIR! I love your hair" as they flipped their long tresses back and forth. But somewhere around the middle of the show, Jim sat down to sing a few solo acoustic songs, each of which was introduced by a short story. At this time I think I thought we had bonded, with the toe-touching and all, and told him to shut up and sing.

    The next morning I realized what I had done and how I had probably embarrassed my date so much he'd never call me again, but luckily, he thought it was funny that a demure, Southern red-head can get so rowdy at a concert. We married 2005, have a 4 year old little boy, and still rock out to our favorite band whenever they're in town. And, we've also introduced another generation to good music and great bands, and our son Gus now recognizes MMJ whenever we play them. Now that I'm an old wife and mom, I can't wait to let loose on the 22nd with the hubs and a few Jack & Cokes. I promise that if I get chosen to see them play for KCRW, I won't be drunk. Rock on.

  • Arwen

    More than six years ago, I met a man with whom I had amazing chemistry and a shared passion for music. We went our separate ways, but somehow I was given a mix CD he had made years before. It included my favorite My Morning Jacket song, One Big Holiday.

    The fact that we shared a love for this song long before we knew each other made me realize we should go on a date. Many dates and much music later, we saw My Morning Jacket last August at the Greek Theatre. The band closed an amazing set with One Big Holiday. We were ecstatic. A month later, the man asked me to marry him.

    We’re getting married in two months; this would be an amazing engagement gift from KCRW, the station that fuels our passion for music and Los Angeles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrewgyger Andrew Gyger

    Andrew Gyger – I got into MMJ around It Still Moves and was bummed that I never got to see a lot of the songs off the first two albums live…so I flew to NYC specifically to see them do those albums in their entirety last year. Worth every penny.

  • http://kristingal.blogspot.com/ Kristin Gallagher

    I got a My Morning Jacket t-shirt before I heard any of their music because their graphics were so awesome. It was one of my favorite shirts, and I didn't even know it was a band. Several months later, when someone saw the shirt and started talking about the band, I listened to their music and LOVED it. I can't wait to see them live some day!!

  • http://www.heartour.com Jason Young

    MMJ is hands down the best American rock band right now. I discovered them through a friend who grew up in Louisville and knew a Month of Sundays. We have spent many a night drinking Bourbon and listening to the Jacket and rocking out together at their shows when we are both able to hit the same ones. Pretty sure I've seen every LA show they have played since my first at the Wiltern for the Z tour. My favorite moment though was at Coachella a few years back when I heard 'Touch Me pt. 2' for the first time. Evil Urges hadn't come out yet and I was right at the front of the stage losing my mind to this song and I had no idea what it was or who I was for that matter. Now this new record is melting my face and I can't wait to hear these songs live! Onward lads!

  • John

    I was racing on a 5 man relay team in a 24 hour mountain bike race in Monterey. I ended drawing whats referred to as the "dawn lap". Over the course of my lap I listened to the entire It Still Moves LP singing to my self as i rode along through the rolling hills of Fort Ord. Some people i passed or that passed me looked at me kinda weird but most gave me a smile as i pelted out Dancefloors, I Will Sing You Songs and Steam Train (Fav). When i returned to the venue i was told that this was my fastest and last lap of the race. So @ 7 o'clock in the morning those of us whose race was over celebrated with scotch, donuts and peanuts. We still laugh about that to this day but that lap will always be dear to me b/c its my favorite My Morning Jacket memory.

  • Tyson Nguyen

    My first My Morning Jacket concert was an instore many years ago at the Rhino Records on Westwood Blvd. There was a DOZEN people total present. From that day on and approx 8 MMJ concerts later pretty much in large ampitheaters, arenas, festivals, it's been impossible to replicate the intimacy and magic of that very first show. This show at The Village sounds like it can be just not if not more magical. KCRW please help me get back that loving feeling.

  • http://www.jessesmall.com ching ko

    Here has so many greater stories between MMJ and their fans here compare with mine.I sincerely wanna to say"I love your music and the healing power you give to me' to them here! I like your music the most among all American band,your music accompany me in this stranger country,,I am originally from China. The first I heard you was in VOA english music channel, only a few seconds of "moving away", the special melody and beautiful voice grabbed my heart tightly. Then I went through your new album,"moving away" still is my favorite. I heard you again tonight in KCRW when I driving home alone, nobody on the road but me and your music. I feel safe and comfort from listening to you. I'd love to be the lucky one to listen to you live,it would be a great chance to know your music more! Please keep making good music, keep the world beautiful.

  • Adam Corey

    I've been trying to remember when I saw MMJ and trying to relive the experience. However, I've never seen them! That's the problem. This would be an amazing opp. Seeing MMJ somewhere like the Bowl with 16,000 people would be great, but I suspect nothing would compare to this.

  • Shannon Orr

    My favorite MMJ experience was hand's down New Year's Eve in Madison Square Garden in 2008. Originally a Philly girl, I got turned on to MMJ through the UPENN station WXPN and was hooked immediately. In 2005, I sold everything I owned and headed west, as far west as I could go, to San Diego. The first time I got to see MMJ was at the House of Blues where Jim James treated us to quotes from Ron Burgundy (we were in San Diego, after all) and the boys made the people lucky enough to be down in the front row some PB&J sandwiches. I never thought I'd see people so excited to get served a sandwich from a sweat soaked, barefooted drummer (in any other place it just would have been crazy, not to mention a violation of some health codes…but this was MMJ making PB&J!! Amazing). When I heard about the 2008 New Year's Eve show in NYC, I knew I had to be there. So under the guise of wanting to visit my mom for Christmas (come on…anyone would have used that as an excuse), I bought tickets and headed back east for a cold week in December. I ended up center stage, but way at the back of the Garden. Still, it was the most amazing show. They played for nearly 4 hours, everything from their own songs to Marvin Gay, James Brown, Dion, Sam Cooke, Kool & the Gang, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton! While the rest of the city was out in the freezing cold waiting for the ball to drop, we did our own countdown to the new year, after which the band came out in white tails and top hats and broke out into a rousing version of Celebration. It was one of those nights you just didn't want to end, but that you know you'll never forget. Being a fan is always bittersweet, you find a band you love, that inspires you and they inevitably become bigger and bigger which means bigger and bigger venues, which means small intimate shows become few and far between, if you have to have the good fortune to even get in the door. I'll still see MMJ everytime they come to San Diego, regardless of where they play and how far away I'll be from the stage, just for the chance to listen to them play, but I'd be thrilled for the chance to see them in the Village. Thanks for your consideration!

  • Jim Marshall

    I'm a white boy from Hollywood, met a super fine sistah at a party, asked her who's her fav artist. She replied, "Erykah Badu." I told her, "come see my band Sat. Night and I'll play you Erykah Badu cover." I taught my band "Tyrone" but the way MMJ covers it, which is so cool and funky. She shows up with a couple girlfriends that Sat night. Her friends look skeptical as we go thru our set. I intentionally save the song for our finale, I sing the whole tune looking right at her, singing in my best Jim James falsetto. She looks at her friends as if to say, "See bi-otches I told you." We had our first kiss that night. Almost a year later I'm still singing to her and kissing her and I have MMJ to thank for showing me how to woo the Most Luscious Lady Who Ever Lived. Thanks guys, love you 4ever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nina-F-Allen/528963321 Nina F Allen

    I live 4 blocks from the venue & am devoting my Tue. pm. to hang outside the venue at the slim chance of being able to get in. Xtra ticket from a generous MMJ lover like myself maybe? lol That said, here's a brief history of my love for MMJ….ok maybe not so brief…..haha my most memorable MMJ experience is when I went to N'Awleans for the Jazz Fest. Amidst a ghost tour in the F.Q. when who happened to walk by but Jim James himself. My BF nudged me & said "There he is.Go get him." I literally froze , 1st time in my life I've been starstruck, and I live in LA! I mean, Yim Yames was in arms reach of me & I did nothing….A bittersweet moment for sure.
    I couldnt think of a more devoted and deserving fan to wint these tickets other than myself . :) I have so many more "fanatic" experiences to share but didn't want to bore you with the long post, if i havent done so already. lol
    Thanks for reading me!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nina-F-Allen/528963321 Nina F Allen

      oh man, i hit submit too early. But wanted to say I have since then seen the band as often as i possibly can (which still isnt enough!) Meeting the band would be my absolute dream but seeing them in a small, intimate setting would be a close second. I respect all the members (both former and current) for their musical talent & honestly feel blessed to be able to experience their music in a live setting. Seeing MMJ live makes ME come alive! Im currently lulling myself to sleep every night to "Slow, slow tune.."

  • Seagull

    Never seen them live before, but for the past year and a half my girlfriend has burned this band into my head. I've grown to really appreciate and enjoy the level of musical talent that MMJ exudes. I don't have any exciting stories like the above, but would be stoked to kick off the first time I'm seeing them by a small intimate show. We have tickets to see them on the 22nd, and my girl has a ticket to see them on the 21st. Would be highly appreciative if ya'll chose me to attend this show, thanks!

  • K.C. Douglas

    Even though they hail from Louisville, Kentucky, My Morning Jacket make themselves right at home any time their tour winds through the City of Angels. With a catalogue that touches upon styles as diverse as the city itself, My Morning Jacket’s music truly resembles the melting pot of popular culture that is Los Angeles. Spanning the spectrum of sounds from alternative to classic rock, folk to country to psychedelic, they fit right into the Southern California musical landscape as if they were born and bred here.
    As a Los Angeles native who grew up a child of the 90’s, I always embraced and had a special place in my heart, along with in my Walkman, for the bands that were spawned in the city I grew up in. From the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Jane’s Addiction to Rage Against the Machine to Cypress Hill to Beck, the music of my favorite LA bands reflected a myriad of influences and represented everything that made the city one of the most unique places on the planet. Listening to their music, you heard the hope, struggle, beauty, tragedy, and redemption that the city offers. Even bands that I loved like the Beastie Boys, which were not from LA, had formative and influential experiences within the city limits. I count the Beasties’ Paul’s Boutique and Check Your Head, both made while the band took up residence in LA, among my favorite albums of all-time. This city is where styles and cultures clashed in music and other realms, and that is what has made the city so great.
    For many, LA is an escape or a tourist destination; a place where many travelers come on holiday. While watching My Morning Jacket’s Storytellers on VH1 recently, I was delighted to hear that the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” influenced one of MMJ’s quintessential songs, “One Big Holiday.” Jim James told the story of how he and his band were struck with wonderment and wanted to be just like the Beasties, “On location, touring ‘round the nation, Beastie Boys always on vacation.” While the song glorifies the finer side of life on the road while bypassing its hardships, MMJ was propelled forward to follow their music dreams to be “rockin’ this party eight days a week.” Similar to the Beasties, My Morning Jacket’s music is an amalgamation of styles that cannot be confined or pigeonholed to a single genre. Their music is inspiring, intelligent, and artistically deep. Where this majesty is best displayed is in the incredible live show that My Morning Jacket turns out night in and night out.
    The live experience is what has endeared me to My Morning Jacket the most. They are one of the best live bands out there today; truly giving their all through epic 2-3 hour shows where the connection with their audience runs the deepest. I have only been fortunate enough to see them live once, but that has whetted my appetite for more. Whether under the beautiful starlit sky at the Greek where I was completely amazed by them or within the ornate walls of the Pantages where I hope to see them this week, the ultimate My Morning Jacket moment for me is in “One Big Holiday” when Jim emphatically sings, “Waking up feeling good and limber, when the telephone it ring, was a bad man from CALIFORNIA…” Right there, in that moment is the crescendo of any My Morning Jacket show in LA. It’s the moment the audience craves, that ultimate connection between them and the audience. Louisville will always be where their roots are planted but in that instant, they make themselves right at home with us Angelenos. Kick off your shoes boys and make yourselves comfortable. Stay as long as you’d like in LA and let’s all live one big holiday together.

  • KCD

    Even though they hail from Louisville, Kentucky, My Morning Jacket make themselves right at home any time their tour winds through the City of Angels. With a catalogue that touches upon styles as diverse as the city itself, My Morning Jacket’s music truly resembles the melting pot of popular culture that is Los Angeles. Spanning the spectrum of sounds from alternative to classic rock, folk to country to psychedelic, they fit right into the Southern California musical landscape as if they were born and bred here.
    As a Los Angeles native who grew up a child of the 90’s, I always embraced and had a special place in my heart, along with in my Walkman, for the bands that were spawned in the city I grew up in. From the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Jane’s Addiction to Rage Against the Machine to Cypress Hill to Beck, the music of my favorite LA bands reflected a myriad of influences and represented everything that made the city one of the most unique places on the planet. Listening to their music, you heard the hope, struggle, beauty, tragedy, and redemption that the city offers. Even bands that I loved like the Beastie Boys, which were not from LA, had formative and influential experiences within the city limits. I count the Beasties’ Paul’s Boutique and Check Your Head, both made while the band took up residence in LA, among my favorite albums of all-time. This city is where styles and cultures clashed in music and other realms, and that is what has made the city so great.
    For many, LA is an escape or a tourist destination; a place where many travelers come on holiday. While watching My Morning Jacket’s Storytellers on VH1 recently, I was delighted to hear that the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” influenced one of MMJ’s quintessential songs, “One Big Holiday.” Jim James told the story of how he and his band were struck with wonderment and wanted to be just like the Beasties, “On location, touring ‘round the nation, Beastie Boys always on vacation.” While the song glorifies the finer side of life on the road while bypassing its hardships, MMJ was propelled forward to follow their music dreams to be “rockin’ this party eight days a week.” Similar to the Beasties, My Morning Jacket’s music is an amalgamation of styles that cannot be confined or pigeonholed to a single genre. Their music is inspiring, intelligent, and artistically deep. Where this majesty is best displayed is in the incredible live show that My Morning Jacket turns out night in and night out.
    The live experience is what has endeared me to My Morning Jacket the most. They are one of the best live bands out there today; truly giving their all through epic 2-3 hour shows where the connection with their audience runs the deepest. I have only been fortunate enough to see them live once, but that has whetted my appetite for more. Whether under the beautiful starlit sky at the Greek where I was completely amazed by them or within the ornate walls of the Pantages where I hope to see them this week, the ultimate My Morning Jacket moment for me is in “One Big Holiday” when Jim emphatically sings, “Waking up feeling good and limber, when the telephone it ring, was a bad man from CALIFORNIA..” Right there, in that moment is the crescendo of any My Morning Jacket show in LA. It’s the moment the audience craves, that ultimate connection between them and the audience. Louisville will always be where their roots are planted but in that instant, they make themselves right at home with us Angelenos. Kick off your shoes boys and make yourselves comfortable. Stay as long as you’d like in LA and let’s all live one big holiday together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottwilliam Scott Haskins

    At the onslaught of my chronic health problems that have pervaded me over the past 4 years, on January 6, 2007, I decided to immerse myself into the crowd at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, CA to watch My Morning Jacket put on a show. Entering the theater I had a constant headache, severe fatigue, and a pretty unsettled digestive tract, among other things, which made things a bit disorienting. It wasn’t by any means the ideal setting to be in while feeling this way, but I decided to continue to push through in hope that I would still be able to enjoy watching and hearing one of my favorite bands play. I don’t even remember the opening act of the evening. All I remember is sitting on the floor in the general admission pit wishing my health problems away and quite seriously considering calling it all off and going home to bed. Despite it all, my stubbornness prevailed and I decided to keep persevering to see at least some of My Morning Jacket’s initial set list. Having thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to the band’s newly released Okonokos live CD/DVD, and with never watching them live in person before, I was willing to persevere the pain and discomfort. As the band began to play I stood up from sitting on the wood floor in anticipation for what was to come. Running through every trick I knew to try to subdue my health symptoms, I gave up, opening myself to take in what My Morning Jacket had to offer. After releasing my tension and relinquishing myself, I slowly but surely started to feel release in my symptoms as the band played through a strong and emotional performance. By the middle of the set list I remember thinking in wonder of how my body felt completely normal, while continuing to take in one of the best live performances I still have ever experienced. Being that I still struggle from similar chronic health problems to this day, I look back to that night in a bit of wonder and mystery. Say what you may, but when I think of My Morning Jacket, I think of the healing power of music; Kentucky style.

  • Stefanie Preston

    I discovered MMJ on my own. It was 2005 and I read a review of 'Z' in Spin Magazine. I bought the CD. The reviewer had a way with words and made me believe that I would fall in love wit this band. I remember I had the disc delivered to my office. I popped it in my computer, and "Wordless Chorus" came on. W-O-W. I was hooked. Beyond hooked. I was the most hooked you could possibly be on a band! In November of 2006, they played Roseland Ballroom in New York. It was my first MMJ show, and I got there two hours early to ensure that I would be up front. I had NEVER done this for any other band. Show up to a venue two hours early just so you can stand close to the stage?! Absurd! But I did. And it was worth it. Jim came out in those moon boots, hair covering his face, and I was hooked. I have been a loyal fan ever since. My Morning Jacket does it like no one else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Jones/1300766376 Amy Jones

    Waiting for that call….. ;)

  • Eli Nunez

    Who won?

  • http://twitter.com/BetsyKCRW @BetsyKCRW

    Congratulations to Jason Murphy for his win. Enjoy the show sir! And thank you to all of you for participating!

  • scottyj35

    I once read a poem by Galway Kinnell called OATMEAL. In it he suggested that one should never eat oatmeal alone. So he would invite an imaginary friend to share. His first guest was John Keats.I followed suit and have since invited many guests…to share a morning of joy,fear,vulnerability, laughter and tears while that special bowl was filled up with warm oats and any other ingredient that was desired.
    Continued on next post…

  • scottyj35

    Mothers, daughters, brothers, coworkers and enemies have sat at my table. I even invited a rat that was terrorizing the attic of a loved one. Rat and I sat down over this meal and worked out a solution…he never returned to scurry about being a nuisance. I had the members of MMJ over to my garden to share oatmeal with me this morning. My two labradors were excited…their tails wacked the umbrella stand…making a noise equal to or better than the sounds I could ever produce with an instrument or voice. They were excited to know that my guests had arrived. We all shared…stories, small talk, large talk, experiences and gratitudes.We told jokes,chased the dogs and talked about everything… except music. As we all shared in the clean up…the dogs included, MMJ invited me to share their concert on the 21s., Their music played in my head all day long…I think I might have even carried a tune for one special moment

  • http://www.myhomepage.com Ela Rocha Ferrer

    I enabled comments on my blogger page but it only shows the comments link, and when it’s clicked, a new page opens to show the comments. Is there a way to just have the comments show on my main page right underneath the blog, I don’t want just a link to the comments page..

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