Jack Johnson brings his Meet The Moonlight Tour to San Diego, California – 10/7/2022



 A week into October and in San Diego it feels like summer. Its a beautiful Friday night and while the nights are cooler, it really doesn’t feel like summer is over, especially when you have pro surfer/musician/singer-songwriter/filmmaker Jack Johnson performing. Johnson Brough his Meet The Moonlight tour to the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre and it was a perfect way to close the 2022 concert season here. Its always a little bittersweet to be at the last show of season, knowing that the crowds will leave at the end of the show and the amphitheatre will close its doors until the 2023 season kicks off next year. I guess summer really is over.

First up was Ron Artis II and if that name rings a bell, it might just be because I covered his brother, Thunderstorm Artis when he opened for Train earlier this year. (Along with Blues Trailer, and Jewel. Link to that gallery and review is HERE).  To my great delight, Thunderstorm Artis was on hand and played with his brother as part of the four piece band. I have said this over and over, but if you are going to a show, don’t miss the opening acts, as you never know when you are going to see someone really great. I’m going to say it again, if you missed the set by Ron and Thunderstorm, you missed some seriously great music. I expect to see both of them again really soon.



Ron Artis II – Guitar, Vocals

Thunderstorm Artis – Guitar, vocal

Jarod Manis – Drums

Ernie Ecraela – Bass



Jack Johnson is the definition of California laid back, or maybe that should be Hawaii laid back as that’s where he was born and raised. Jack became the youngest invitee to make the finals of the famed Pipeline Masters surf contest at the age of 17. It was just one week later that his surfing career was cut short when an accident resulted in over 100 stitches in his head. While the surfing world lost, the music world gained. Johnson had been playing guitar and writing songs from a young age, but it was his time at UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara) that really fueled the music. From small college bands to headlining a packed house, it’s been a hell of a ride these last 22+ years for Jack Johnson. 

While we only got to shoot the first three of the show (pretty standard) and Johnson went on to perform a stellar 29 song set including guest appearances from Ben Harper and Paula Fuga, and mixed in covers by Bo Diddley, Pink Floyd, Sergio Mendes, John Holt, Paula Fuga (is it a cover if the you perform the song with the artist who wrote it?) Willie Nelson, and Bob Marley. The tour is in support of the new Mac Johnson album “Meet The Moonlight” but they only played three tunes from the new album, spreading the rest of the setlist over six other albums, including six songs from the “In Between Dreams” release. The laid back surf vibe of the show really resonated with the Southern California crowd and crowd sang along all night. It was a great way to close out the 2022 concert season.



Jack Johnson – Guitar , Vocals

Merlo Podlewski – Bass

Zach Gill – Keys

Adam Topol – Drums




1.) Mudfootball

2.) Taylor

3.) Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

4.) One Step Ahead

5.) You and Your Heart

6.) Upside Down / Time is the Master / Badfish (John Holt cover) (with Ben Harper)

7.) Inaudible Melodies

8.) You Can’t Control It / Breathe (In The Air) (Pink Floyd cover)

9.) Never Fade

10.) Bubble Toes / Calm Down

11.) Wasting Time

12.) Costume Party

13.) Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley cover)

14.) Mas Que Nada / Staple it Together (Sergio Mendes cover)

15.) Breakdown 

16.) Country Road (Paula Fuga cover) (with Paula Fuga)

17.) If Ever (Paula Fuga cover) (with Paula Fuga)

18.) Flake (with Ben Harper)

19.) Remember (Jimi Hendrix cover)

20.) Don’t Look Now

21.) Shot Reverse Shot

22.) Banana Pancakes 

23.) Rodeo Clowns / Soul Shakedown Party (Bob Marley cover) (with Paula Fuga)

24.) Good People


25.) Do You Remember (solo)

26.) Home (solo)

27.) Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die (Willie Nelson Cover – Snippet)

28.) Willie Got Me Stoned And Took All My Money (with Ben Harper)

29.) Better Together (with Paula Fuga)


Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals also performed on the bill, but due to the unsignable photo release, I was not able to cover their set.
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