Jorge Drexler triumphs at Mezzanine

Posted on Jan 31, 2011

There were high expectations for a rare concert appearance by Academy award winning singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler who was scheduled to appear at San Francisco’s trendy Mezzanine night club in late January. Drexler who appeared close to half an hour late was met by loud cheers from an adoring packed crowd who were not disappointed. Backed by a tight, versatile band, he performed an intriguing repertoire of songs taken his various recordings that ranged from his breakthrough “Eco” to his latest cd “Amar La Trama”. Drexler was visibly moved by the audience who knew the words to his songs and were singing along with him especially on his a-capella version of his award winning composition “Al Otro Lado Del Rio” from the film The Motorcycle Diaries. He was oozing charm, wit and vulnerability as he was telling stories and declaring his love for San Francisco. He seemed right at home on the Mezzanine stage. Although he didn’t play all the favorites in his considerable body of work, he performed enough memorable songs to connect with the audience in a profound way. There was a great vibe at Mezzanine that evening. Hopefully, we will see Drexler perform here more often after this fine show that was produced by La Bohemia Productions and Jaffe Events.