Five days prior, Beck Hansen had headlined the closing night of the Newport Folk Festival, a distinction that clearly figured into his performance. He rejiggered some of his songs for acoustic settings, sang a Jimmie Rodgers tune with folk icon Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and jammed with Andrew Bird and other artists on the lineup. It was a memorable show that could never be repeated.
Beck didn’t even try to do that at the Bank of America Pavilion on Friday night, playing a concert that was just as electrifying but for its own reasons. At least on this tour, it seems he’s having a lot of fun with his set lists and tweaking the general tone of his performances.