My Morning Jacket Welcome Karina Rykman for “Louie Louie” Debut and More in Chicago

July 6, 2024
My Morning Jacket Welcome Karina Rykman for “Louie Louie” Debut and More in Chicago

Photo Credit: Stephen Bloch/ Austin Grinnell

On Independence Day, Deep Cut Presents kicked off the inaugural presentation of Rose On The River, an unforgettable new long weekend of live music on the bank of the Chicago River. Stacking the stage at the Salt Shed in Chicago, the first day of the inaugural festival brought performances from some favorite acts in the jam scene’s orbit, including Hans Williams, Andy Frasco & the U.N. and Neal Francis. After a day gathered around the stage, Windy City fans were treated to a headline performance from My Morning Jacket, who celebrated the holiday in style with a thrilling set dotted with debuts and featuring an extended sit-in from Karina Rykman.

After opening with the ripping Evil Urges earworm “I’m Amazed,” My Morning Jacket kept the hits flowing as it dug up standouts from its 25+ year canon like “Lay Low,” “Spring (Among the Living)” and “Dancefloors.” At the midpoint in the high-energy set, the band showed its colors with a thematically appropriate debut cover of Carl Broemel’s 2016 offering “4th of July,” adding full-band flair to the wistful and contemplative original from MMJ’s guitar and pedal steel pro.

The group wound through the latter half of its set with further anthemic originals, staging “Circuital” and “Off the Record” as they built to an explosive last rally. After setting the stage with the classic “Wordless Chorus” from 2005’s Z, the band merged into “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2,” featuring additional support from ace bassist Rykman. Rykman’s sit-in with the band earlier this week for Radiohead’s “The National Anthem” closed out  the band’s Detroit show to widespread acclaim, prompting an extended collaboration for the follow-up. Together, MMJ and Rykman moved on to a live debut of the Afro-Cuban-inflected garage rock standard “Louie Louie,” in the style of the Kingsmen’s 1963 runaway hit. After this historic moment, the dream team closed out the first day of the festival with “One Big Holiday.”

Rose On The River returns tonight with performances from Carrtoons, DOMi and JD Beck, Badbadnotgood and Thundercat and will continue tomorrow, July 7, until a final headline set from Vulfpeck. Find tickets and more information here. Read up on My Morning Jacket’s ongoing summer tour at

Read on for the complete setlist from My Morning Jacket’s Rose On The River performance.

My Morning Jacket
Rose On The River
The Salt Shed – Chicago

Set: I’m Amazed, Lay Low, Love Love Love, Spring (Among the Living), Dancefloors, 4th of July+, Circuital, Off the Record, Wordless Chorus > Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2* > Louie Louie&*, One Big Holiday*

+ Live debut of Carl Broemel’s “4th of July”
* w/ Karina Rykman
& Live debut of Richard Berry & The Pharaohs’ “Louie Louie”