Jessica Hernandez is one of those performers that you just can’t keep your eyes off of. She’s beautiful, she’s expressive, and she’s super talented. Add a rocking band with a trombone player and you have a hell of a fun band.
The last time I saw Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas I definitely didn’t give them the attention they deserved. They were opening for Gogol Bordello and I was just too excited to see them to really pay attention to the opening acts. After seeing Jessica Hernandez last night, I feel terrible for not giving them the time of day during that last show.
Last night was more than a fun time. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas took the stage and you instantly felt the mood in the room turn electric.
The way Jessica performs is nothing short of an art. Her face is one of the most expressive faces that I’ve ever seen fronting a band. It makes you truly feel the music even if you have no clue what the song she is singing is about. The way she moves around the stage gripping the microphone is captivating. She doesn’t seem to really have a plan of how she’s going to dance during any song but you can tell she is just moving to the music and that can easily make you fall in love with this band.
Even though it’s hard to take your eyes off of Jessica, it’s also hard to ignore the amazing band that backs her. When watching the members, you can tell that they are truly enjoying what they’re doing. They all of smiles on their faces and, in between songs, they will joke with each other while taking sips of their drinks. It’s so refreshing to see a band on stage that is truly having a good time. It definitely makes a live show that much more enjoyable.
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas’ music is fun, I mean, of course it is, there’s a freaking trombone player in the group! Think 1960’s rock with a bit of a modern flair to it. It’s definitely something different and original and the best part is… it’s done well. It’s the type of music where, even if you’ve never heard it before, you can’t help but start dancing around.
One of the openers of the show was Tancred. These guys were just as captivating as Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas but in a completely different way. There must be a thing with the name “Jess” because, not only was Jessica Hernandez’s voice amazing, so was Jess Abbott, the singer of Tancred.
Jess had an infectious smile that matched her amazing, genuine voice. The way she would smile while singing was enough to give you the warm fuzzies. You could tell she meant what she was singing and, although there wasn’t much movement on the stage, there was plenty of energy to fill the venue. I loved the way the trio would look at each other and laugh in between, and even during, their songs. It made me feel connected to them in some way.
The music was indie-pop but not generic. There was something about it that definitely stuck with me and made me fall in love with them. Jess’ voice was sweet but still powerful. You could understand the words and hear every single note she played on guitar. It was clean and rehearsed but it didn’t feel scripted or boring. Even though everything about the sounded perfect, you could tell the band members weren’t bored with what they were doing and there was still room for some fun.
Local group The Ultrasounds opened up the night. Their sounds was much more subdued than that of the other two bands and they seemed a bit unsure when on stage. Putting that aside, there is a huge amount of potential with this band and I’m excited to see where they end up.
Venue: Triple Rock
Sausage Fest Meter- 3 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 23
Crowd Surfers- None
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- 0
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score-7 out of 10
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