Seriously though. Jack Johnson at the Greek. That’s the best ticket in town this week. Admittedly, it’s a little bit of a slow week in the live music world, but that doesn’t mean that Jack’s not an excellent choice for a show this week.
I know you’re skeptical, so get off your high horse. No one wants to admit that they would go see a Jack Johnson show anymore because they listened to him for like five minutes in high school and for some reason are embarrassed about that fact. The thing is, Jack is great. The music is fantastic, his shows are heartfelt, and I’ll be the first person to admit it.
Brushfire Fairytales was magic, On and On was OK, In Between Dreams kinda sucked and that’s when everyone fell off the Jack Johnson train. I think Jack felt it too because he laid low for a while after that. He did the Curious George soundtrack, probably surfed a lot and since 2008 has consistently released an album every two years. All three of them, From Here to Now To You being the most recent, all kind of skated by without a whole lot of attention or recognition.
But the thing is, it’s all good material. He’s put out three albums worth of more material since the last time you were paying attention to the guy. And he’s much less gimmicky nowadays, a little more grown up but still true to his classic style of playing unpretentious, yet well-produced, beachy guitar music. I think he added a few members to his band, too, so that helps.
Point is, don’t be shy. Go see Jack Johnson this weekend. It’s gonna be a good show. Say what you want about the guy, but he’s a killer musician, and he’s got a catalogue of folky bangerz that runs almost 10 albums deep. He’s got more than enough material to pack a setlist, so you are guaranteed a good selection of songs no matter what he picks.
On a side note, since people aren’t buying Jack Johnson tickets like they used to, this show is comfortably priced between 50 and 70 bucks depending on where you get your seats.
What: Jack Johnson
Where: Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 90027
When: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Contact: (800) 745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com