It’s been a while since Jesca Hoop played a concert on her home turf. She wasn’t famous then; just one of those people everyone said was destined for fame. Those people were right. When the Santa Rosa-born singer-songwriter returns next weekend for an intimate performance at Sebastopol’s Main Stage West theater, those locals who remember her as a student at Santa Rosa High—and hope for a chance to see her again—will be fighting for seats with those who’ve discovered her and her music in the years since she left town. Now based in London, having begun as Tom Waits nanny, she’s since toured as a back-up singer with Peter Gabriel, and opened for Mark Knopfler, the Ditty Bops and The Punch Brothers. Tom Waits described her singing style as being, “like a four-sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or a red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night.”
While in High School, Hoop was a self-described “loner and misfit,” but eventually came to be mentored by teacher John Craven, and appeared in a number of theatrical productions he directed. She also worked at developing her singing voice as part of programs run by Dan Earl. Her fond recollection of those experiences is a major part of why she signed on to perform for Main Stage West’s annual spring fundraiser, where Craven’s wife, Elizabeth Craven, serves as Artistic Director.
The concert will be preceded by a catered reception with food and wine. Expect some stellar auction items donated by artists, authors and business-owners from around the Bay Area, and perhaps a few surprises. Tickets are a steal at $60 apiece, and are expected to go fast.
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