The Four Voices are: Jesse Pitcher (top left), Chisai Jackson (top right), Mandippal Jandu (bottom left), Tim Tibbitts (bottom right). A group of very talented, usually solo, artists who at some point I’m sure realized they were playing all the same shows, and decided they should play on each other’s stage.
This was one of the most unique shows I’ve ever been privileged to see. It’s amazing what musicians will do to each other. And I don’t mean all the stuff backstage that they make blatant hints about while on stage. I have seen Chisai, Mandippal and Tim all perform previously, but it was my first time seeing Jesse. Well let me get to how they set things up. Four microphones, four talented singer/songwriters, four rounds of singing and four pairs of blue jeans. (Brandon asked me if I noticed it was a big blue-jeans convention on stage, I hadn’t at the time.)
So each artists sings one of his songs, while the other three stand around, either join in with their instruments, with their voices, or goof off in the corner, (mostly the first two) and each takes turns. It was amazing because each of the four artists have different styles, and different ways about them, but it makes for a really nice evening of music going between everyone’s songs.
And for the artists I’ve seen before, seeing as how they’re normally solo on stage, it’s very mind blowing to suddenly have other guitars coming into play, and backing vocals joining in. You can tell that they were great friends even before all the ribbing began. But oh the ribbing. Poor Mandippal for being the youngest and smallest on stage, since that was just prime for being picked on.
I can’t keep gushing like this because I just feel silly. It was amazing. I hope they weren’t 100% serious about this being their last show together, and they’ll randomly get together like this again in the future.
My favourites were Jesse’s interpretation of percussion during other people’s songs using not his guitar. Chisai stopping his cover-song halfway through when Mandippal and Tim exclaimed “Woah!” at a “bad word”, Mandippal’s general acceptance of all the old farts making fun of him, and Tim for being an old fart. Haha. (No offense Tim!)
If this was their last show and you’ve never seen them, you missed out. For those who have seen them perform together, you know exactly what I’m talking about.