When: Wed., Dec. 5, 9 p.m. 2012
It's debatable whether Seattle's Jordan Cook, aka Reignwolf, would have attracted as much buzz with his bluesy rock 'n' roll if he weren't willing to set up his one-man show anywhere with electricity and at least a modest crowd—the Sasquatch Music Festival campgrounds, for example. That DIY mentality earned Cook a renegade reputation and regularly landed him on YouTube, stomping away on a bass drum and laying down tattered, fuzzy licks while a sweaty rag of hair flaps in his eyes. Dude's got chops too, sometimes playing guitar one-handed, sometimes using the other hand to lay into the rest of his drum kit. The whole production is hammy and hokey, no doubt—Cook basically lights candles in memory of Jimi Hendrix with his guitar and sings in a kinda-soulful style that's also a little like, well, Chris Cornell. But even given the music's cock-rock tendencies, it's hard to deny the power and glory of, say, "Electric Love" (a blues-rock song title if I ever heard one), which has the kind of hard guitar lick that'd make people on the sidewalk outside stop dead in their tracks and at least crack the club door to see what's up. I'm told Cook will be playing both solo and with a backing band tonight. —Kevin Warwick Sons of the West open.
Price: $10, $8 in advance