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So, I left the headliners for last.  They are known as The Executive Life.  Lead by Eduardo Fajardo, they’re an indie post-punk rock outfit.  I could tell they were genre-based but there were 2 to 3 stand-outs songs.  That is, I’ve heard what they were doing before, but they do it well and had a couple of more-than-just-good/quality songs.

What was interesting was that the 3 acts were of different genres.  What was the connection?  A Latin connection — believe it or not.  Jeder is what I like to call American-Columbian.  Not really a concept in the world; just my own.  American girl raised in Latin country.  Inverse of me being Panamanian-American.  Her Spanish is beautiful.  Arthur Yoria is Columbian.  And, so is Eduardo Fajardo.  

Jeder and Arthur threw in some Spanish; The Executive Life did not.  But, it was still a Latin show to me by all rights because Fajardo is Latin.  It was nice to attend a music show by Latin folks that was genre-busting.  A nice turn on its ear of what Latin music can be. 

Don’t get me wrong.  I like salsa and merengue like the next person; I grew up with my dad playing those records (literally, records) in my house.  Loudly.  My point is that I’m not less proud to be Latino because I prefer pop/hip-hop/R&B.  We’re multidimensional and come in different shades as clichéd as it sounds.  But, I digress.

You’d think it’d be jarring — the different styles.  But, it wasn’t at all.  It flowed quite nicely.  Arthur’s funky vocal-guitar audio experiment was a nice connect between Jeder’s soulful Spanglish folk and The Executive Life’s melodic indie rock.  Jeder set it off right, Yoria kept it going, and The Executive Life brought it down.  I like all 3 styles of music and all 3 acts were good performers with good music, so it didn’t bother me. 

I heard some complaints about the sound not being the best; but the talent outshone the technical difficulities for me.  Besides, it wasn’t their fault.  And, it wasn’t so bad you wanted to get up, leave, and ask for your money back.  If I had to use my scale for reviewing singles, I’d give this show a “featured soloist” rating of 4 musical notes.

The Executive Life MySpace Page

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The band.

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Justin Nova, guitars.

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G-Money, bass (no close-up).

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Waynie Danger, keys.

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Rapper Avery joined The Executive Life for a rock/hip hop number.

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Eduardo Fajardo, vocals/guitar and Travy Baby, drums with Nova.

So, the second act of The Executive Life show was special guest, Arthur Yoria.  Actually, Jeder got to play a little longer as we awaited his arrival.   And we, in the audience, didn’t mind as we were enjoying her sweet melodies.  

I saw him make his entrance and didn’t realize who he was.  Don’t get me wrong he made his presence known with his shaved head and clean-shaven face and what seemed to be a maroon vinyl trench jacket.  I definitely noticed him and I dug his coat.  I just didn’t know that he was THE Arthur Yoria. 

I knew of him because co-editor JW Richard had posted about him before.  But, he looked different than the pic J. Dub used on that post.  And, yes, J. Dub was doing his R&B thing back in the day in Houston as part of a duo known as Tru Sol and, apparently, shared some stages with Arthur.  You can check out Tru Sol’s stuff and, perhaps, buy thier CD here.  Not sure we have any popolio completists out there…yet…but, there you go. 😉

Anyway, I liked Arthur’s set, too.  I didn’t know he did the audio thing.  Not sure how to explain it.  You kind of have to see it.  It’s like pre-recording in the moment and playing it back and then intertwining live performance with the recorded vocals and/or sounds.  Interacting with yourself.  The host asked us if we’d ever seen something like that.  Jeder said she had.  I hadn’t.  Still, Arthur was doing his thing.  Jeder gave him props, too.

Kind of hard to pin down a genre for Arthur Yoria.  I’m not sure what I would call what he did and sounded like.  I can say I liked what I saw and heard.  His MySpace Page  describes him as Ghettotech/Southern Rock/Melodramatic Popular Song.  Check out his Official Site, too, while you’re at it.

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Sound Check.

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The show goes on.

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Doin' his techno-daddy thing!

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Anotha' one!

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Using La Jeder's acoustic guitar; he couldn't find his.

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Exit Close-Up (as the photographer please forgive me the red eye).

Remember that show at The Hideout Theatre that I posted a few weeks ago?  Well, I went to it.  It was a night of many firsts.  It was The Executive Life’s first official show.  It was Jeder’s first time opening a show like this.  And it was my first time taking pictures of a show for popolio.  The show also featured the more established Arthur Yoria who seems to be friends with The Executive Life.  The Morakestra were on the bill, too, but never showed.

Drum roll, please because, though it took me a little while, this kicks off a new feature.  Introducing:  pic-olio.  Title speaks for itself, I think.  I took pictures of all 3 of the acts, so I’m going to divide this into 3 parts.

Part 1 features Jeder the artist also known as La Jeder and Heather Coleman.  Folk is going hip hop with all these aliases.  Seriously, though, she kicked things off nicely.  She set it off with her beautiful voice and  her mix of English and Spanish folk stylings.  

I especially liked her between-song banter and audience interaction.  She seemed like she’d been doing this for a little while at least.  Imagine my surprise when she intimated this was her first time.  Definitely, an up-and-coming-one-to-be-watched kind of artist.  You heard it here first at popolio.  Check out the pic-olio and Jeder’s MySpace Page, too.

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Sound Check.

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Sound Check, too!

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The show begins.

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Exit Close-Up.

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