Northeast Times

Rhythmic revelations

Lans­dale res­id­ent Jordan White al­ways knew he wanted to be a pro­fes­sion­al mu­si­cian. Now he’s liv­ing his dream.

Sing­er-song­writer Jordan White has had some odd things hap­pen while per­form­ing.

Once, while play­ing with the band Kin­et­icBlu, a 3-pound Chi­hua­hua that has taken on the role of the band’s mas­cot ran up on­stage and was try­ing to run up the 30-year-old sing­er’s leg.

Must have been something for the audi­ence to see be­cause White did not let the can­ine in­cur­sion in­ter­rupt him.

“I didn’t know what to do, so I just kept play­ing,” said White, who will ap­pear at the Whis­key Tango, 14000 Bustleton Ave., on Tues­day, Ju­ly 5.

An­oth­er time, a man came on­stage and said he wanted to an­nounce the win­ners of a raffle but in­stead made a mar­riage pro­pos­al to his girl­friend. At the same mo­ment, an­oth­er mu­si­cian was tun­ing his gui­tar, com­pletely un­aware of the woo­ing go­ing on just a few feet away.

“It was bizarre,” White said.

White’s up­com­ing Whis­key Tango gig is a rare North­east Philly ap­pear­ance. In a phone in­ter­view, White said he also has played at a few oth­er city spots — Con­nie’s Ric Rac, the Raven Lounge, the Pon­tiac Grill and the Tin An­gel. He said that, along with cov­er band Fuzzy Bunny Slip­pers, he pre­vi­ously played at Whis­key Tango and likes its room­i­ness and its stage. 

He’ll per­form solo for Whis­key Tango’s “New Mu­sic Tues­day,” and acous­tic­ally. In gigs as far west as Chica­go and as far south as Flor­ida, White has played acous­tic and elec­tric rock songs pro­fes­sion­ally for about six years, some­times with full bands and some­times solo.

White, who lives in Lans­dale, is ori­gin­ally from Cran­ford, N.J., a town about 20 minutes south of Ne­wark. His fam­ily moved to Pennsylvania when he was grow­ing up, and he per­forms fre­quently in the Le­high Val­ley.

In 2005, White was in the second round of TV’s Amer­ic­an Idol. In 2007 and 2008, he toured with East Coast cov­er bands Im­postar and the Fuzzy Bunny Slip­pers, and also star­ted do­ing ori­gin­al ma­ter­i­al with Kin­et­icBlu.

Right now, he does about 100 shows a year. That’s great for an artist build­ing a ca­reer, but not so hot for White’s so­cial life, since most of those per­form­ances are on Fri­day and Sat­urday nights.

“I get in­vit­a­tions to parties, but I can’t go be­cause I have a show. It’s rare to have a Fri­day or Sat­urday night off,” he said. “I feel my friends think I’m ditch­ing them.”

So, for White, per­form­ing is not just his live­li­hood, it’s his life­style.

“From what I’ve seen from the people who are mak­ing a liv­ing play­ing mu­sic, the reas­on they got to that level is be­cause they see mu­sic as a life­style,” he said.

Mak­ing a liv­ing doesn’t mean mak­ing a mil­lion dol­lars, White said, but it re­quires tal­ent, ded­ic­a­tion and en­dur­ance.

That means, of course, get­ting through the oc­ca­sion­al bad show. Some­times, a show is both good and bad, and that de­pends upon the people in the audi­ence.

“There seems to be two audi­ences, one that claps and then an­oth­er one that doesn’t really pay at­ten­tion,” White said.

Get­ting that at­ten­tion re­quires a strategy and a large rep­er­toire.

“We try to play songs they would know,” he said. “We try to get them in­ter­ested by play­ing stuff they would know.”

He and Kin­et­icBlu mem­bers gauge their audi­ence’s age and draw on the more than 60 cov­er tunes to get the people en­gaged.

On the flip side of that, just about every per­former can re­call the gig at which everything seemed to come to­geth­er per­fectly. For White, that was a few years back dur­ing a gig with the Fuzzy Bunny Slip­pers in Ocean City, Md.

There were about 1,500 in the audi­ence, and every­one was hav­ing a great time, he said. “I didn’t want it to end,” he ad­ded. “And I didn’t ex­pect that, which made it even bet­ter.” ••

Al­though there is no data on any moles Jordan White might or might not have, just about any­thing else any­body might want to know about the sing­er-song­writer, in­clud­ing a list of up­com­ing per­form­ances, can be found on his Web site, www.jord­an­whitemusic.com

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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