Jen Bloom is a regular at this corner Pleasantville lounge, as evidence by the fact that some dude at the bar told me he’s seen her play 16 times, mostly there.
And it’s clear that she’s comfortable playing for the relaxed crowd.
Her aura couldn’t be more adorable as she sits behind her keyboards and sings, playing a mix of originals and covers â€” from Neil Young to Oasis to the Divinyls (they’re the band that does “I Touch Myself,” which, of course, got people singing along for a bit).
Matty and I shared a few pints of the Captain (Lawrence, of course) with some friends and I personally enjoyed the scene tremendously.
My one complaint would be that Jen’s first set was way too short. Would have liked to hear her play a few more tunes before taking a set break, to help loosen up the crowd a bit. Also would have liked to hear “Universe God Burst,” one of the tunes Jen played in the Listening Room way back when, but maybe she played it after I left? I don’t know. Had to call it a night at about 11:45 or so in order to function today.
But all in all, Jen is a tremendous talent, there’s no doubt about it. Looking forward to the next one.
(And oh yeah, sorry, I forgot my camera and borrowed my friend’s, so as soon as she sends me the pics I’ll post some.)