I’ve never been a person for Christmas concerts. Or Christmas music, really. But when I saw that JD McPherson was coming to Thalia Hall, I had to give it a try.
I discovered JD McPherson the way I’ve found a lot of my favorite artists recently — via Spotify playlist. I remember shuffling through one featuring modern artists with retro sounds, and stopping when I heard “North Side Gal.” It sounded like someone had mixed things up, and accidently included a rhythm and blues song in that was actually recorded in the 50s or 60s. I had to check this artist out.
Was it worth giving a Christmas concert a chance? Yes! After photographing the first three songs from the pit, I went up to balcony to enjoy JD’s mashup of Christmas tunes and his fan favorites. Maybe I’ll make this a yearly tradition!