Sometimes you need a good Thursday night show to escape from a stressful work week. It’s been one of those weeks for me and fortunately Jack’s Mannequin and their People and Things stop at the Pageant was a nice evening reprieve from fretting over to-do lists.
Allen Stone is the real deal. When the young singer (who reminded me of Shy Ronnie) took the stage, I’m sure a lot of us didn’t know what to expect, but quickly we learned that the gentleman can belt out the type of soul and R&B that would knock your mama’s socks off. Extra points to his backing band, which really complimented the old-school mood.
The Philly trio, Jukebox the Ghost, is no stranger to St. Louis, but I’ve somehow managed to miss every one of their shows. So what was the verdict for my first JTG show? The simple pop of the group is catchy (complete with a cover of Donna Lewis’ “I Love You Always Forever”), but I think I’d prefer to see them next time on a smaller stage. The trio felt really spread out at the Pageant, and they strike me as a band that is more playful in close quarters. And hey, that’s “So Let Us Create” helping promote iBooks Textbooks. Welcome to the future!
While I had the chance last summer to shoot Jack’s Mannequin twice in the span of three days (Warped Tour & Kanrocksas), their set at the Pageant felt tremendously more vibrant and fun to shoot. Greeted by a roar of applause, bearded Andrew McMahon lept up on his piano to briefly wave back to the pumped-up crowd as the rest of the band took their places. From that point on, there was no stopping the energetic power-pop of the Orange County band as they rolled through a showcase of the new album.