Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Jacco Gardner at the Pinhook - 3/7/2013

Jacco Gardner
The Pinhook

Jacco Gardner
(pronounced Yakko, like the character from "Animaniacs") is a young kid from the Netherlands who looks a little bit like Dmitri Martin and sounds a whole lot like the Zombies.  This is true of his recently released record (that is quite good), and after seeing him live it's clearly true of him live as well.  The whole package holds up to the comparison, but it's the ample use of harpsichord that really puts it over the top.  I was so excited for this show I bought a ticket, thinking that internet buzz I had perceived on the guy would lead to a potentially packed house.  Turns out I was way way off...there might have been 30 or 40 people there max.  Truly, this was everyone's loss, as this was probably my favorite show of the year so far.  And I guess it also goes to show that internet jabber doesn't necessarily equal butts in the seats.  Jacco and his band played the bulk of his new record "Cabinet of Curiosities," and it sounded just as good live as it does recorded.  There might not have been many folks there but everyone seemed to genuinely be enjoying it.  I assume he was on his way to SXSW as it was that time of the year, and hopefully the crowds got bigger - because this is music that needs to be heard. 

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