“i can see your face/in all the right places”

This past Monday I was feeling a little down, a little out of sorts, and I couldn’t quite figure out how to shake the malaise. When I got home from work I noticed that someone I had met last week at a Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside show had asked if I knew of any cool shows that night.

I looked around, and noticed that Schuba’s had ZZ Ward and Zach Heckendorf playing. A close friend of mine had mentioned seeing Zach a couple years ago in his home state of Colorado, and that it had been awesome. That seemed to me to be enough to at least check out ZZ Ward, and after a bit of internet searchin’ I knew it was a show worth recommending. I messaged her, but she had already signed off.

I thought about it for a bit, and decided that regardless of whether or not my new friend ended up going, this could be the trick to cheering me up and getting my head back on straight. I hopped in the car, shot down the highway, and was there just in time to grab a beer before Zach started playing.

All I can say is, I should listen to that voice in my head more often, because damn was that a fun show.

Zach Heckendorf is a very young (19?) year old singer songwriter who clearly grew up listening to John Mayer and Jack Johnson, learned how to play some mean guitar, and set off to infect the world with his unique brand of catchy, fulfilling, pop-folk. Check out the official video for ‘All The Right Places’ below:

And here’s a live clip of his song ‘One of Them’:

After his opening set stunned the audience into a head-nodding, foot-tapping reverie, you knew that everyone in that room was now a big Zach Heckendorf fan. You should be too.

Now, all I knew about ZZ Ward was what ten minutes of Google and Youtube could tell me, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Well, within thirty seconds of her blazing her way on stage, her band kicking up an incredibly funky beat, and her huge voice taking over the tiny venue, there was no way I was going to leave that show in any condition other than sweaty and really, really happy. Hailing from Oregon and sharpening her musical teeth in LA, and picking up an incredible backing band there, Ward blends a soul/blues sensibility with a whole lot of funk and rock – and she sure as hell knows how to bring the party. Her debut album “Till The Casket Drops” comes out October 16th and you should probably buy it. I know I will. In the meantime, check out these videos below:

Yeah, like I said, that’s how you shake yourself out of a bad mood. I hope you like these two as much as I do, and if you have a chance to catch them on tour – do it. I promise, you’ll leave smiling like a fool.

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