Songs About You
Ari Jacobson is a New York Singer/Songwriter with a unique style he's dubbed "Folk-Pop with a Twist of Metal." The music is an intriguing, skillfully-arranged blend-from acoustic folk-rock to power-pop, always with a little "twist" of rhythmic intensity that reveals his hard-rock roots. The tunes are slyly, insistently catchy, with lyrics hiding deep themes that linger in the mind and reward the 20th listening as much as the first. In concert, he's been called a fountain of happiness. His joy in performing and the sheer energy he puts into each word and note gives upbeat songs a magnetic power, and makes sad songs fill the audience with an awareness of being alive. He specializes both in his own energetic material and a set of covers that shouldn't be possible with a solo guitar, from medleys of popular music to his own arrangements of jazz and musical standards (as well as the occasional Ozzy Osbourne song). Bio: Growing up in Haverhill, a small Massachusetts town on the border with New Hampshire, Ari showed a surprising ability to sing and a deep appreciation for music and performance that led him to an early love of both music and theatre. By the age of eight, he had memorized most of the Beatles' catalogue, and his father was awkwardly explaining what "Norwegian Wood" was actually about. Focusing on theatre, he didn't pick up a guitar until the tenth grade, when a desperate attempt to impress a girl provided both his first utter romantic failure and the means to express his feelings about it. The rest was history. He graduated from Umass Amherst in 2006 with a degree in Theatre and Music. The training provided him with a new depth and assurance in both his music and his lyrics, but he was anxious to move on. In September of that year, he moved to New York City, where he's been performing ever since. He's acted in plays such as Manhattan Rep.'s 'Getting Even With Shakespeare', and performed at bars and coffeehouses all over the city, as well as touring the country as an actor and musical director with the American Shakespeare Center. He's been called everything from a Male Ani DiFranco to a cross between Frank Zappa and the B-52s. He likes the first comparison a lot. He doesn't know what the second one means, but likes that too.