Jake Bugg – September 23, 2013
Honey Honey, the openers for Jake Bug, is a young group consisting of Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe. The musical duo met up after a mutual friend took Jaffe to see Santo perform live. He was hooked and the two started working together in the early 2000s. The jazzy folky twangy group was a great opener for Jake Bugg. They filled the audience with energy and love as they sang with a certain soulful sweetness. The band themselves were adorable and lived up to their namesake. It was refreshing to watch them play with so much energy and obviously having a great time on stage. It’s a mystery to why they weren’t headlining their own show.
My only complaint? Their set lasted only thirty minutes.
Jake Bugg is this nineteen year old from England who has the voice of a wrinkly jaded western country star … and even at such a young age, he has already traveled the world through music, played festivals for crowds of thousands of people as well as been interviewed by (debatably) the most famous DJ in the world (Zane Lowe). His stage presence throughout the night was a bit shy. However, the crowd went wild and fueled his energy every time he played anything off of his self-titled album. You could tell he was having a great time up there when his smile cut through some of the intenseness of his face. In his set he covered a Neil Young song, played most of his album, graced us with new songs that have not been heard before as well as performed Lightning Bolt as encore … Jake Bugg is such a young talent and I have no doubt he has a long career in music ahead of him.
Review and photos by Amanda Roper