Saturday, April 16, 2011

November 5, 2009 Jann Klose and Dan Mills

Jann Klose and Dan Mills came to Acoustic Long Island for the end of the fall concert series. Jann Klose, who now hails from the Bronx, must practice his set while the elevated train is passing overheard. The louder he screamed, the less I heard. It was only in his final number that he suddenly turned lyrical and showed some self-control reigning in a voice in need of de-amplification.

Dan Mills, on the other hand, was a pleasant surprise. He had a winning smile and a winning style that immediately endeared him to the audience. His first three solo songs were his strongest and he used them to connect to the audience. His three bandmates joined him for the rest of the show with a chemistry and affection that was palpable. While they deferred to Dan Mills as songwriter, lyricist, lead guitarists and singer, their own artistry only added to his genuineness and heartfelt sincerity. There was something almost preternaturally clean and decent about all of them. They’d be fun to spend the day with and a reason to join “Mommy and Me.”

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