It would be hard to find a show more befitting Easter weekend, particularly Good Friday, than Jacobs, Joseph and the Ten Plagues. The impromptu side project band featured Jerry Joseph on acoustic guitar and vocals, Cris Jacobs on electric guitar, slide guitar and vocals, Mookie Siegel on keyboards, and Joseph’s Jackmorman band mate, Steve Drizos on drums and percussion.
The show began with Joseph’s gospel flavored “Supers Ready” which had Jacobs on slide guitar that ranged from subtle to blistering. The moody Hiss Golden Messenger song, “Jesus Shot Me in the Head”, fit the Easter weekend show in a strange but wonderful way. The jaunty “Light is Like Water” was the first song of the show that got the crowd really moving and the 8x10 floor shaking. The eerily atmospheric “Beautiful Dirt,” a song from The Jackmormons album Happy Book, made an appearance before the band switched gears. Cris Jacobs took over lead vocals for his original country rock song, “Country Mile,” a real foot stomper that got the venues floor bouncing so much it could crumble on into the basement. “Istanbul,” a new song Joseph said would be appearing on an upcoming album featuring keyboard player Mookie Siegel, showed that the singer/songwriter/guitarist’s creative well is far from empty.
The second set began with another of Joseph’s newer compositions, the emotionally powerful “Fog of War.” Cris Jacobs took the lead vocal reins once more with another of his original songs, the beautiful and powerfully sung “Be My Stars.” One of the bigger highlights of the show, and probably the most fitting for the holiday weekend was one of Joseph’s classics from the Conscience Contact album, “Easter.” The song had the crowd, particularly the older Jackmormon fans positively beaming. The show culminated with another classic Jerry Joseph song, “Savage Garden,” complete with scorching instrumental jams.
There was no encore because the band played right up to the two a.m. closing time. Within moments after the musicians left the stage, the announcement came to clear out. This was one of those rare unrehearsed shows that had artists getting together, with no real set list or preparation that came off as tight and polished.