EXCLUSIVE: Jonatha Brooke Leads Sing-a-Long at SubCulture, Brings 'My Mother Has Four Noses' and Others to Light [VIDEO]
While it may not be Jonatha Brooke's first time here on Classicalite, her most recent performance at SubCulture in lower Manhattan showcased the singer-songwriter-playwright in a different light.
With pieces of her mother still shining through, Brooke kept a packed house entertained and engaged for what felt like only minutes during her hour-long set.
She's been on here before, of course, dealing with her most recent Off-Broadway venture: My Mother Has Four Noses.
"Scars," indeed, Mrs. Brooke.
Tragedy and all, there's no denying that Brooke has a way with humor, too, woven into the fabric of her music. A penchant for the circus spectacle, maybe, but that's all because of her adoring mother.
Brooke led a three-piece band (Ben Butler on guitar, a wonderful accordion player named Gil Goldstein and some vocal training with Tiger Darrow on vocals and cello) and kept cool the entire show.
After forgetting a tuning and having a charming back and forth with some guy actually trying to instruct her from the crowd on how to use a tuner, she wasn't just a singer that night. By the end, she was everyone's dear friend.
It wasn't all My Mother and some change; no, it was anything JB wanted to do. This meant songs spanning her entire career, from "Tinkerbell" and beyond.
Luckily, I was able to pull out my iPhone 5 (sorry, not sorry) for a few minutes to get her leading a crowd of many in wonderful sing-a-long.
As per her Clite A.V. Club Q&A, keep an eye out for her musical Quadroon that should be coming very soon to NoLA.
You can catch the skinny on that whole thing during my interview below--or on JB's site here.© 2016 The Classical Art, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.