The Jayhawks are back in town.

I’ve loved the band since I was introduced to them at five years old so you can imagine my excitement when I got to see The Jayhawks perform at Madison Theater Nov. 1.
When we first arrived at Madison, the crowd seemed sparse. Doors opened at 7 p.m. so we were hoping more people would come in to fill in the cracks.

Sure enough, more people filed in as the opening act took the stage. Folk Uke is a band consisting of two members: Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie.

I wasn’t familiar with them except for their song, “Shit Makes the Flowers Grow” with their amusing video. Go ahead. Look it up. It’ll be stuck in your head for days.

I would say the duo is similar to comedy folk-duo, Garfunkel and Oates, but earthier. Each song is catchy and fun featuring some colorful language. Nelson and Guthrie both have great voices that harmonize well. I would recommend a listen and check out their song about hanging out with a severed foot.

Bonus points for being the cool opening act that finds their way onto floor to become part of the audience for the main act.

Speaking of that, The Jayhawks made a cameo during Folk Uke’s performance before jumping into the main show.

Coming out to a crowd of cheers, The Jayhawks came out strong with “Waiting for the Sun.” The rest of the show consisted of classics like “Blue” and “I’d Run Away.”

The Jayhawks sampled their music history and gave the audience classics from each era.

The band was on point and the distinct voice of Gary Louris made the music come to life. Of course songs from the new CD, “Paging Mr. Proust” were played. New songs that sound like they belong right along with the old.

As soon as they wrapped up, they left the stage for only a minute before returning for the encore. Louris came on stage for a solo version of “Settled Down Like Rain” before Folk Uke came on stage to play “Angelyne.”

The full band joined them on the stage and wrapped up the show with “Bad Time.”

I hope they do stay together for a million years.


A blurry, doesn’t do them justice photo from Madison Theater


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