|Photo by: www.MikePerkins.net|
Columbus folk guitar player and singer-songwriter Mike Perkins is scheduled to take the stage at Jackie O’s Thursday night for an 18 and older show.
Perkins plays poppy acoustic folk music; think Dave Matthews Band with a little more funk. Politically charged or Americana-themed lyrics and the driving rhythm of his acoustic guitar serve as the core of his music. The majority of the singer-songwriter’s tracks are upbeat and extremely catchy. Concertgoers shouldn’t be surprised if they notice a foot almost automatically tapping along with the beat.
Perkins summarizes his musical stylings and what exactly music means to him on his MySpace page:
“I hear music everywhere. Always have. Beats and melodies are constantly swirling around in my head. Although I technically write my own songs, I feel like it's more accurate to say that I find them. I often hear songs in my dreams, wake up and then hurry to my guitar before the subtle nuances of the music escape me.
I also enjoy noticing rhythms in the physical world, whether it's a pattern in the clouds, bands of wind blowing across a field of tall grass, birds talking to each other, the changing of the seasons, a crackling campfire, babies turning into old people or the sound of my dogs snoring; rhythm is everywhere.”
He also attempts to explain what to expect as a concertgoer at a Mike Perkins show by describing what he feels on stage.
“On stage, I feel like a kid that gets to play on an infinite jungle gym, always finding something new to swing on or climb. When playing music, the only limitation is your imagination," he said. "You can go anywhere you want. I think that's why I tend to sing with my eyes closed. I feel like my best songs are still ahead of me, but that's probably what every musician thinks. Otherwise, the ‘jungle gym’ would start to get boring. Maybe outer space is God's jungle gym?”
Perkins released his debut solo album Sway in 2005. The album featured several professional musicians from recognizable bands including Jerry DePizzo of O.A.R. on saxophone and Dave Weissman of Dark Star Orchestra on mandolin.
Other guests on Sway who often play live shows with Perkins include Ward Scott on bass guitar, Robb McCormick on keyboards, Megan Palmer on violin and John Zuck on bass guitar.
For a good time with some good music, stop out to Jackie O’s this Thursday night for singer-songwriter Mike Perkins’ funky acoustic folk music.
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