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Dallas Adventures: Jack Johnson at the Center (8/17)

August 18, 2010

Yesterday, Sean, Joe Brown, and I came up to Dallas for the first of our shoots for a Live Nation/Sears project.  We set up under a tent at the Center, the site of the Jack Johnson show.  Little did we know that we would end up having front row views for an impromptu jam session between G. Love, Zach Gill of ALO, and Jack, crowded together on a tiny little stage in the middle of all the vendors.

A few years back, I was a big Jack Johnson fan.  He has a great voice, an easy-going playing style, and really, he does “laid back” more convincingly than anyone else.  Although his last couple of albums didn’t resonate with me, there was nothing not to enjoy about his mini-set with G. Love and Zach, two equally laid back – and equally talented – musicians.

The trio played some of their most popular tunes, which was a real treat for the medium-sized crowd who made it to the venue early to catch the openers.  They started out playing “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down,” covered Bob Marley’s “High Tide Low Tide” (something Jack normally plays with Ben Harper), and ended with Jack’s “Mudfootball“.

With Zach rocking out on accordion and melodica, G. Love’s harmonica skills, and Jack’s guitar, it was cute to watch the guys interact for no other reason than pleasing the crowd.  We didn’t stay for the main event, but these guys looked so comfortable and played so well together that I think it’s safe to say that this was probably a super-fun highlight of the night for the people who had the chance to catch it.


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