Saturday night, as Celebration weekend was coming to an end, long after the tours and bake sales and all the freshman showing their parents around campus, Jenny and Johnny took to the stage at Zankel. Signaling the end of the new music building’s official opening, the free concert was directed more toward students.
The two musicians opened with an acoustic set, saying it was in honor of the “beautiful building” they were playing in. Singing woefully with just an acoustic guitar to accompany them, they played five stripped down songs, including a few that were easily recognizable, like Jenny Lewis’ “Acid Tongue” off of her album of the same name. After lulling the crowd into easy mood, they called the other musicians on stage and jumped immediately into something more familiar to their repertoire. They played a busy set, introducing their guitar-driven sounds of the summer to the student body, dancing in the isles. Encouraging this, Johnny asked the audience after the first song to get up and move, as it would only help the music.
In the end, the crowed left tired and sweaty, a great night of dancing under their belts. It was a perfect way to cap the weekend, to celebrate the grand (though delayed) opening of the new music building. And Jenny and Johnny themselves seemed to have a great time, only adding to the show’s success. SEC was proud to cosponsor the event.