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Pajama Pants Jesus Delivers Religious Experience With Music and Reverb

Posted in POSTS with tags , , , , , on March 2, 2010 by cuzinmank

After enduring a less then spectacular performance (to be nice about it) by The Watson Twins, and a short amount of time to set up the 10 piece band and ensure enough reverb was on queue, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero’s abruptly took the stage laughing about it and told the crowd “It felt like the wrong time to go on so we did” setting the tone for what kind of night it would be. The show was everything spectacular is supposed to mean and more. Armed with only a scarf, pajama pants, and a wife beater, band leader Alex Ebert (or the fictitious Edward Sharpe) and fellow merry makers ran through their album full of ballad sing-a-longs and empowering harmonies. The barefoot Alex talked about his Pre-dirtied pajama pants he had received earlier from a friend. The set was an excellent mix of slower spacey songs then back to a foot stomping shout with audience participation and interaction. Jade with an Audrey Hepburn 60’s type style, asked Alex if he wanted to go Home and immediately the crowd went into a full on sing-a-long and stomp. The shared experience up the interaction when a bearded fellow with a violin  crowd surfed to the front and was invited on stage by Alex and to play the whistle solo in the middle of the song and a freestyle violin jam at the end.  Full audience participation was required once more on the final song as some were invited on the stage as Alex claimed he “couldn’t do it by himself.” The rest of the crowd in the audience was instructed to be seated and enjoy the song sitting, giving a more intimate setting and a real nice touch. The modern day Jesus ( as he looks ) made a pirate hat sing and his band including 9 0ther members ranging from guitars, congas, pianos and even an accordion delivered power of the Arcade Fire but in a more vintage 60’s  style. The fully confident and care free band leader was fully interactive with the crowd laughing into the reverb saturated microphones. Alex and band made this show a moving and religious experience as one audience member stated, ” Felt like she had just gone to church and was touched in a spiritual way unlike any other show in a long time.” Something beautiful if you ask me ,and No I assure you she was Not on acid =).

Unfortunately the venue for the show seemed to act like this was a very strict camera/recording policy but of course there were glows everywhere in the crowd. I must invest in a small pocket camera again for these “no camera” shows I laugh at. The pictures provided are from a fortunate one with camera access, but it’s hard to capture the magic. If you have the opportunity to see them, I highly recommend it for a higher experience, you might only find at church, but fortunately Edward and His Zero’s are preaching the church of love and music.

all pictures by christopher victorio of SfWeekly