Friday, Sept. 19, 2008
Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.
“He has a gift for expressing big ideas with simple words,” you might hear said of Mason Jennings in those sonorous public radio spots plugging the singer-songwriter’s 8 p.m. concert tonight at the Pabst Theater. But, if anything, Jenning’s actual appeal seems to be his utter disinterest in big ideas. His ever-cute folk-pop songs are comforting in their lack of ambitions; and even when Jennings tackles lofty issues—politics, faith—he only does so by recycling meaningless conventional wisdom. With his direct, hooky little songs, he makes even his friend and label-mate Jack Johnson seem multilayered and mysterious by comparison.