Live: Jack Johnson, Houston
Jack Johnson is an artist who does a lot of things right. He doesn’t tour and release albums incessantly – his current tour supports To The Sea, a new album that is only his fifth since 2001. He supports pro-environmental causes and in fact all of the proceeds from this current tour are going to charity.
So his recent stop at Houston’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion had a special village of tents with info on the singer’s favorite causes, including recycling, eco-friendly transportation and community volunteering. And as a reward to those fans who took the time to visit the village, Johnson and some of his band members and opening acts played an intimate, acoustic set on a side stage tucked away among the Pavilion’s pines.
Full disclosure: I didn’t attend the concert, my daughter and her friend did …
I just showed up to swipe my credit card and present the duo with a “ticketless” voucher that aims to discourage scalpers. Johnson and his buddies – including G. Love, Hawaiian singer Paula Fuga and Johnson keyboard player Zach Gill – played a short acoustic set in the Houston heat. The songs included “Mud Football,” “Stepping Stone” and “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down.”
Later, fans were treated to a full-blown show (complete with a 30-minute rainstorm) that included the single “You and Your Heart” and a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” And of course “Bubble Toes.” By all accounts, a good time was had by all.