At his recent Dad Joke-produced show at The Jinx, David Liebe Hart sang songs about trains, Betty White, Jesus, lost love, aliens, and other urgent topics, in addition to reluctantly telling a few fortunes (they turned out to be more life coaching than prediction), bickering with his bandmate, sporting an awesome spacesuit, and doing some kickass ventriloquism (I think).
Hart’s lengthy set — there was even a commercial break — included screamingly funny video, often of Hart himself, that was thematically related to the song of the moment. The songs were often introduced with quick stories — tragic ones at times — that were told with an inflated grandiosity that gave the show, for fleeting moments, an unsettling and darkly comic edge
I’m not sure how all this would have worked if Hart didn’t have a powerful voice that you might expect to hear from a gospel or even operatic act. His comic timing is impeccable too. Hart had been through Savannah before, but I’d never had a chance to see him. I’ll be in the audience the next time he’s here, that’s for sure.
I missed the opening set by Skippy Spiral (although I did get a photo of his fortune being told), but I managed to The Jinx in time for wildly energetic performances by Greta O. & The Toxic Shock and The Gumps. It was a very quiet Thursday night in downtown Savannah, but a pretty solid crowd showed up for Hart.
A few photos here, with more after the jump: