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Published: 2013/12/24

Merry Minstrel Musical Circus: Jonathan Wilson, Mike Campbell, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Joe Walsh, Dawes and More

Jonathan Wilson and Mike Campbell teamed up with Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Dawes, Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench and many more this past weekend during their second annual Merry Minstrel Musical Circus on Friday and Saturday night. The musicians had once again joined forces at the Troubabdour in L.A. to raise money for Los Angeles Public Schools and the Tazzy Animal Resuce Fund.

Friday night got started with quick sets from The Dirty Knobs and Susanna Hoffs before Wilson took the stage with his band. That set saw guest appearances from Campbell, Tench, Jim Keitner and horn playkers Nate Walcott and David Moyer. Wilson was followed by Father John Misty, who got some help from Wilson and his band, Keitner, the horns and background vocalists Leslie Stevens and Carly Ritter before the musicians took a short break.

The evening continued with a performance by Matt Morelock before a number of artists came together for a JJ Cale tribute. The segment saw Wilson, Campbell, Dawes’ Griffin Goldsmith and Wylie Gelber and others come together for “Tijuana,” “Rock n Roll Records” and “Crazy Mama.” Wilson and Tench then joined Lucinda Williams for “Which Will,” while Wilson, his band and the background vocalists sat in with “Bus To Baton Rouge,” “Cold Cold Heart” and “Joy.” Williams was followed by Dawes, who got some help from Campbell for “Had to Cry Today.” Wilson and Dawes then helped Jackson Browne during his slot, which also featured an appearance by Campbell on “Redneck Friend.” Wilson and his band then led an encore that included covers of Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again,” Warren Zevon’s “Play It All Night Long” and the traditional “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad.”

The Saturday night started off much like the first night, with sets from Susanna Hoffs and The Dirty Knobs, who covered The Grateful Dead’s “Mountains of the Moon” with Wilson during their performance. Wilson then keep the Dead covers coming when Campbell sat in with him for “Bertha” at the end of his set. Joe Walsh was next with a two song slot that saw Wilson and his band, Campbell, Tench and the background vocalists join him for “Funk 99” and “Rocky Mountain Way” before Jeff Lyne then stepped into the fray for “Runaway” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” Lucinda Williams then took the stage with Wilso and his band for three songs, incuding a take on “Changed the Locks” with Campbell and Tench. Wilson then sat in with Dawes for a tune before Jackson Browne joined them for his four-song set. The show then wrapped up as everyone came back out for a show-closing rendition of The Band’s “Up On Cripple Creek.”

Here’s a look at this past weekend’s setlists

Friday, December 20, 2013, Merry Minstrel Musical Circus, Troubadour, Los Angeles

SET 1

The Dirty Knobs
Steppin’ Out
Rusty Cage
Mountains of the Moon – JW
Roadrunner > Who Do Ya Love > Rolling and Tumbling > Turn on Your Lovelight

Susanna Hoffs
Different Drum
It Doesn’t Matter Anymore

Jonathan Wilson
Illumination
Angel 
Moses Pain - MC, BT
Fazon – Horns 
Steel and Glass – JK, RG, Horns
Bless You – JK, BT, NW

Father John Misty
Jump Into the Fire – JW & Band, JK, Horns
Sunday Morning – JW & Band, JK
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – JK, Horns, BVs

SET 2

Matt Morelock
Snowdrop > Knife 
Hop High Ladies – MC

JJ Cale Tribute
Tijuana – MC (Vocals), JW, GG, WG, NW, JS, BVs
Rock n Roll Records – JW (Vocals), MC, GG, WG, OV, Horns
Crazy Mama - JW, MC, GG, WG

Lucinda Williams
Which Will – JW, BT
Bus to Baton Rouge – JW & Band, BVs
Cold Cold Heart – JW & Band, MC, BVs
Joy – JW & Band, BVs

Dawes
Had to Cry Today – MC
Out in the Woods – BVs

Jackson Browne
Take It Easy – JW, Dawes
Our Lady of the Well – JW, Dawes
Redneck Friend – JW, Dawes, MC
Running on Empty – JW, Dawes, BVs

ENCORE

On the Road Again – FJM (Vocals), JW & Band, BVs
Play It All Night Long – JB, JW, Dawes
Goin Down the Road Feeling Bad – ALL

PERFORMERS

Jonathan Wilson (JW)
Mike Campbell (MC)
Jackson Browne (JB)
Lucinda Williams
Father John Misty (FJM)
Dawes – Taylor Goldsmith (TG), Griffin Goldsmith (GG), Wylie Gelber (WG)
Benmont Tench (BT)
Jim Keltner (JK)
JW Band – Jason Borger (JB), Omar Velasco (OV), Richard Gowen (RG), Dan Horne (DH)
The Dirty Knobs
Susanna Hoffs
Background Vocals – Leslie Stevens (LS), Carly Ritter (CR)
Horns – Nate Walcott (NW), David Moyer (DM)
Matt Morelock (MM)
Jason Sinay (JS)

Saturday, December 20, 2013, Merry Minstrel Musical Circus, Troubadour, Los Angeles

The Dirty Knobs
Steppin’ Out
Mountains of the Moon – JW
Bride of Frankenstein

Susanna Hoffs
Different Drum
It Doesn’t Matter Anymore

Jonathan Wilson
Trials of Jonathan
Valley of the Silvery Moon – NW
Bertha – MC

Joe Walsh
Funk 49 – JW & Band, MC, BT, BVs
Rocky Mountain Way – JW & Band, MC, BT, BVs

Jeff Lynne
Runaway – w/ Joe Walsh, MC, BT, JW & Band
Roll Over Beethoven - w/ Joe Walsh, MC, BT, JW & Band

Lucinda Williams
Magnolia – JW & Band
Changed the Locks – JW & Band, MC, BT
Rocking in the Free World – JW & Band, BVs

Dawes
Peace in the Valley – JW, JBO

Jackson Browne
Skaky Town – JW, Dawes
Late for the Sky – JW, Dawes
The Pretender – JW, Dawes
Doctor My Eyes – JW, Dawes

ENCORE

The Way I Feel – JW & Band, AM
Helpless – LS (Vocals), JW & Band, MC
Up On Cripple Creek – GG (Vocals), All

PERFORMERS

Jonathan Wilson (JW)
Mike Campbell (MC)
Joe Walsh
Jackson Browne (JB)
Lucinda Williams (LW)
Jeff Lynne
Benmont Tench (BT)
Dawes – Taylor Goldsmith (TG), Griffin Goldsmith (GG), Wylie Gelber (WG)
JW Band – Jason Borger (JB), Omar Velasco (OV), Richard Gowen (RG), Dan Horne (DH)
The Dirty Knobs
Susanna Hoffs
Leslie Stevens (LS)
Background Vocals – Leslie Stevens (LS), Carly Ritter (CR)
Horns – Nate Walcott (NW), David Moyer (DM)
Adam MacDougall (AM)
Jason Boesel (JBO)

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