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Published: 2013/07/27

Warren Haynes, Peter Wolf, Ian Hunter and More Surprise Wilco, Bob Dylan and My Morning Jacket in New Jersey

Hoboken, NJ’s Pier A hosted the traveling AmericanaramA tour last night. Yesterday’s stop featured performances by Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham. The evening also boasted a series of surprise guest appearances, including Allman Brothers Band/Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, The J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf, Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter and Hoboken, NJ musical hero and The Bongos member James Mastro.

Bingham kicked off the night, but the real series of collaborations started during My Morning Jacket’s set. Partway through their performance, MMJ invited out Gil Scott-Heron collaborator Brian Jackson to play flute on “Steam Engine,” “It Beats 4 U” and the Scott-Heron/Jackson original “The Bottle.” Jackson has performed with My Morning Jacket before, including during their performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2011. For the final song of their set, they also brought out Bingham for a cover of The Band’s “Don’t Do It.”

A slew of guests joined Wilco during their set. Partway through their show, Wilco pulled out Haynes for this year’s first version of the Mermaid Avenue Vol. 2 song “Feed of Man.” Though this was the first time Haynes has performed with Wilco, their guitarist Nels Cline has sat in with The Allman Brothers Band a few times in recent years. Haynes and Cline also collaborated on a 2012 Tommy Bolin tribute album.

A bit later in the night, Wilco surprised the crowd by inviting English R&B/glam rock star Ian Hunter onstage for his Mott The Hoople classic “I Wish I Was Your Mother.” Mastro, who owns a nearby guitar star in addition to his Hoboken music credits, also played mandolin on the tune. Both Hunter and Mastro remained onstage as Haynes returned for a take on “California Stars.” Then, Bingham and the members of My Morning Jacket joined Wilco and their guests on an all-star cover of David Bowie’s “All The Young Dudes.” (The song was made famous by Mott The Hoople). Wilco have covered “I Wish I Was Your Mother” in the past but have not performed the song since a 2001 stop at Chicago’s Abbey Pub.

Though Bob Dylan was slow to embrace AmericanaramA’s open-stage policy, he has gotten into the sit in game during recent shows. For the third time this year, Dylan invited out MMJ’s Jim James and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy for a cover of The Band classic “The Weight.” Wolf, who was in the area for J Geils Band’s opening spots for Bon Jovi at MetLife Stadium, also joined in the sing-along. Though Colin Linden has played lead guitar with Dylan’s band for the past few nights, Charlie Sexton resumed the role of lead guitarist last night (Sexton played guitar with Dylan up until earlier this year and returned earlier this summer after Duke Robillard left mid-tour.)

AmericanaramA continues today at Wantagh, NY’s Jones Beach. Beck will fill in for My Morning Jacket so that James can perform at the annual Newport Folk Fest.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlists via the Wilco forum Via Chicago

Friday, July 26, Pier A, Hoboken, NJ

Ryan Bingham

Beg For Broken Legs
Tell My Mother I Miss Her So
Southside Of Heaven
Too Deep To Fill

My Morning Jacket

First Light
The Way He Sings
Off The Record
Steam Engine (w/Brian Jackson on flute)
It Beats 4 U (w/Brian Jackson on flute)
The Bottle [Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson] (w/Brian Jackson on flute)
Victory Dance
Wordless Chorus
Don’t Do It [made famous by The Band] (w/Ryan Bingham on acoustic guitar and backing vocals)

Dawned On Me
Forget The Flowers
Handshake Drugs
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart>
Art Of Almost
Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
Feed Of Man (w/Warren Haynes on slide guitar)
I’m The Man Who Loves You
I Got You (At The End of the Century)
I Wish I Was Your Mother [Mott The Hoople](w/Ian Hunter on acoustic guitar, harmonica and lead vocals and James Mastro on mandolin)
California Stars (w/Hunter, Mastro and Haynes; Haynes on guitar solos)
All The Young Dudes [David Bowie; made famous by Mott The Hoople] (w/Hunter, Mastro, Haynes, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham)

Bob Dylan

Things Have Changed
Love Sick
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Soon After Midnight
Early Roman Kings
Tangled Up In Blue
Duquesne Whistle
She Belongs To Me
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Blind Willie McTell
Simple Twist Of Fate
Summer Days
The Weight [The Band] (w/Jeff Tweedy, Jim James and Peter Wolf on acoustic guitar and vocals)
All Along The Watchtower
Ballad of a Thin Man

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