Been a while!
I’ve been meaning to type for the past few weeks but due to a hectic work schedule, I did not have the time! I know I’m late in the game on this but I did want to share with you about the concert I attended at Jammin’ Java on June 18.
After x number of years waiting and 3 missed concerts later, I finally saw Alexz Johnson live! She was supporting Max Schneider on a US Tour, who was in the Nickelodeon show, How to Rock, from 2012-2013. I remember seeing it on TV a few times – it was a cute, funny show. I believe rapper, Master P’s daughter, was also in that show, as well, along with Noah Crawford who did another Nickelodeon film, Swindle. Speaking of Nick – ne-nick-ne-nickelodeon (flashback to the early 90s commercials – who’s with me?), Max also starred in the film, Rags, with singer and actress, Keke Palmer.
I unfortunately missed out on seeing Telegraph, the first opening act, but after eating chocolate lava cake for dinner/desert (hey, it never hurts to try new things…:)), Alexz came on the stage and performed a beautiful nine song set. I only knew of a few songs, a few are from her most recent Heart EP, such as American Dreamer, (performed first, and I unfortunately was finishing my cake at the same time – I’m apparently not cake and camera coordinated….), Nothin’ On Me, This is Heartache, Thank you (For Breaking My Heart), along with some songs I was not familiar with, like Mary, which is from the 3rd season of the web series, Blue, which stars Julia Stiles, and also Alexz in season 3, and a few new songs.
While it was a short set, I thought the show was absolutely incredible. Jammin’ Java is a coffee shop located in Vienna, VA. I’d been there about almost 12 years before to see Butch Walker perform. The venue was about the same size I remembered it being, except, instead of a sit down show, as it had been for Butch, this was standing only. Acoustics were great and it was really nice, especially, that you’re so close to the artist. It’s like the people performing on stage are giving you and a few of your closest friends your own show.
It was really a nice experience —- Alexz’ voice was great and she made some funny quips about being from the great land up North, Canada, and really interacted well with the audience. She had two other musicians, Breezy and Megan, who also sang back-up vocals and instruments, who did a great job, too. You can really get a feel for the song and even how it was created, by seeing all these performers perform on stage – who sings what parts, who plays what instruments, etc., etc…
I taped most of her show, but due to the size limits on Tumblr, I’ll post them on YouTube and provide the link.
Overall, it was truly a pleasure seeing her live and I even had a chance to meet her! That meant a lot and was pretty rad —- I really am passionate about music and art, so it’s always nice to shake (or hug :) ) an artist’s hand and tell them how you feel about his/her music. In my opinion, as I’ve mentioned before on here, Alexz Johnson is a true artist; she has a lot of integrity, passion, talent and skill in the work she creates. She not only writes and performs her own songs and composes her own lyrics, but her music talks about a lot of different things ranging from love, relationships (all kinds), emotions, self-worth, and just plain ol’ having fun when you’re tired of the 9 to 5. Her music is unique and while it may not be something you hear on the radio, it’s phenomenal. (This goes to show that not all good music is played on the radio…but that’s another story for another day!).
It was also her idea to write a review of the show when I mentioned I had a music and art blog – so, thank you, Alexz, for that recommendation!
While I was unable to post any videos up on here on Alexz, I did post a video up on Max. The video below shows him dancing and singing to the end of his first song he performed, Mug Shot.
While I honestly only heard and saw bits and pieces of his show, I’m very impressed. He was dancing and singing on stage as if he was a veteran in the music business – and, perhaps, he does have a lot of experience, but for someone who doesn’t know that much about him, he and his band performed very well! They had a lot of charisma and you just felt a lot of positive vibes seeing the show. While most of the folks were probably around Max’s age or younger, I think anyone could enjoy his work. His live show was so energetic, I think whether you know his work or not, you can still watch and have a great time.
In general, Jammin’ Java is a great venue and I hope to see more shows there soon. It’s a nice environment with friendly staff and everyone there is just looking to see some good live music.
I also hope to see Alexz again when she does a live tour hopefully later on this year.
I’ll have to check out Telegraph – if any of you listen to them and/or any of the artists I mentioned here, feel free to let me know your thoughts!
Until next time…remember that art is beauty and beauty is art —- always seek what’s unseen, as that is where true beauty is found.