Jack White’s Arroyo Seco Weekend Performance Spanned His Entire Repertoire Review+Photos: Jack White @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/23/18
“… The sun was only starting to creep into the west when Jack White and his band took the main stage to play a 18 song set that included cuts from his solo albums, The White Stripes and The Raconteurs.
If had to take one thing away from Jack White’s performance at Arroyo Seco Weekend it is that he’s a master of song-craft and he let’s the mood of the music guide the direction of his performance. While each song has its structure, if Jack is inspired to extend a riff for a little jam, he does so, and that’s what makes his performances so exhilarating.
For example, for the intro to “Seven Nation Army”, its ubiquitous bass-line was modulated and riffed up like I’ve never heard before. Sure, you could tell what song he was going to play, but the way he allowed for his band to expand on that musical theme was brand new (at least to me). You’ll probably never hear it played like that again.
I kind of expected Jack White’s Arroyo Seco Weekend performance to be more rooted in the classic blues and roots rock and roll that he’s known to perform so as to keep to the overall “classic” theme of the festival, but this performance was about as Alternative/Garage Rock as it could have been, and was surely a pleasant surprise for the younger fans in the audience.
“You’ve been California, and I’ve been Jack White,” Jack said before concluding his set. That was basically the only thing he said to the audience. He let his amazing compositions do the rest of the talking …”