THE LISTENING ROOM
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Jacob Wood is a member of Listening Party, an alternative folk trio out of Milwaukee whose music has found a home on The Avenue. The group is in the Fox Valley and Green Bay often and their shows never disappoint! You’ll find lots to love in the story-driven songwriting, skilled musicianship, and just seeing how much fun these guys have on stage. Jacob contributes lively keyboard and vocals. And he shared his music influences with The Avenue.
For more information and show dates https://www.listeningpartymusic.com or follow them on Facebook.
Check out “Train” from Listening Party’s most recent album Less is More https://youtu.be/ANMoRX5IUlM
My dad always had a Tom Petty cassette in his truck and I remember loving to flip it over when one side was done. The first Tom Petty album I was introduced to was Full Moon Fever shortly followed by Wildflowers. Wildflowers taught me a lot about a complex simplicity in word choice, harmony and melody selection, an art truly tough to master. Even as an adult Tom’s albums have influenced me and grown on me. Damn the Torpedoes and Highway Companion are near and dear to the repertoire.”
Tom Petty "Wildflowers” https://youtu.be/AldoDm2bV04
“Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin and as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. McMahon’s pop/punk style of piano playing made the instrument cool and indy during my development as a player. He approaches pop piano lines and electronic keys to mold a very unique singer songwriter, piano-driven sound. I’ve always found it helpful to play and sing these songs as you’re often challenged with a difficult piano line and a complex singing rhythm which makes you better at both.”
Andrew McMahon “I Woke up in a Car” https://youtu.be/Eh2o28A3RIQ
“Vampire Weekend – I fell in love with Vampire Weekend while I was in college studying music. What caught me was their debut album, self-titled, Vampire Weekend which was seemingly genre-less, covering classical, rock/pop/punk and African influences. A modern day Paul Simon with popped collars embracing the peppy music theory nerdom. This band also taught me a lot about instrumentation and layering as they are masterful in this regard.”
Vampire Weekend A-Punk https://youtu.be/Qr4zaCBL5BI