Review: Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Bob Weir converge for the Americanarama Festival at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
The five-hour-plus Americanarama Festival, which hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Thursday night, was the puckish brainchild of 72-year-old headliner Bob Dylan, who filled out the mighty bill with Chicago's Wilco, Louisville's My Morning Jacket and outer space's Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, whose short acoustic set opened the sprawling gig.
Weir delighted the crowd of 8,100 by sitting in with MMJ for an elongated and gorgeous rendition of the Beatles' Dear Prudence, and with Wilco on the Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers and the Dead's Friend of the Devil.
But as Sean Daly writes, the iconic Dylan was the star of the show:
Electrocuted-bullfrog croak, ragged phrasing before and after the beat. Yep, that's Bob alright. ... Opening song Things Have Changed, normally a midtempo roll, was given a Wild West gallop, making it near-unrecognizable for the first minute. But the followup, the haunted Love Sick, remained a wicked dirge, with Dylan, no need for a guitar, exhaling a sinister harmonica solo. Except for a few turns at a black piano, the legend was happy as a moody, slightly creepy frontman, striking all manner of geriatric Elvis poses.