If you’re jealous to have missed out on Jack White’s five-date acoustic run, well … then you finally know how all the people in Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota have felt for the last 18 years. (White has never played those states, though each were scheduled on The White Stripes’ 2007 tour which was cancelled after Meg White suffered acute anxiety). Which means you’ll have to do as they have done: Find it online. White’s Fargo, North Dakota performance, originally livestreamed on Tidal, is now available on-demand, also on Tidal. (It has also made its way to YouTube.)
White played the set—the final show he’ll play “for a long while”—Sunday, April 26 at Fargo Theater to an audience of 800 strong, and it’s a real humdinger. “Jack White, The Rockstar,” who runs ragged, leaving nothing but scorched earth behind him as he leaves the stage is something to see but “Jack White, The Acoustic Maestro,” will sweep you off your feet. Over the course of the 65 minutes, White — on his worn acoustic guitar — is a charming country troubadour, introducing rarely played tracks like “Inaccessible Mystery” and punctuating the pause between songs with stories of the band’s (comprised of Lillie Mae Rische, Fats Kaplin, Dominic Davis) offline conversations.
Continuing the thread he started at Coachella, White ended his evening with the message of music’s sanctity. “I want you to do me a favor. Do everything you can, tell everyone you know, and the children that you have one day, that music is sacred.” Perhaps as he heads off the road, White knows he’s leaving a hole few can occupy. But if a rapturous crowd in North Dakota (seriously, that’s only 800 people making that noise?) singing along with such fervor is any indication—not to mention those who waited outside for hours and hours—his point has been made.