Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Jess King @ Village Underground - 3/31/09
Last week I took a trip downtown to see singer/songwriter Jess King at the Village Underground. It's been years since I've been to that venue, I think the last time I was there was back in 2001 for a Howie Day/John Mayer show, but I remember really liking the space. Walking in I could tell that they've clearly had some renovations since I've last been there and it's really a nice place to see a show.
This was my second time seeing Jess, the first was at the National Underground a few months ago (I'm sure eventually I'll see her somewhere above ground). Jess went on around 8pm and played for about 45 minutes, accompanied again by Andra Voldins on viola & Kevin Hunter on guitar. A lot of my impressions from seeing her the first time were only reinforced this time around. She's extremely talented with a great voice and really strong vocals. Her songs cover various themes and tempos and the crowd of 100+ people was clearly into the show clapping throughout and listening intently. Flat out, Jess is impressive to see in person, I think she's got a very bright future ahead of her.
I came prepared this time around so I was able to grab a couple video clips, which you can see below. I think her next big show is on Friday May 1st at the Village Underground again, well worth it if you have a chance to make the show.
"LOVE ME BACK"