Posted in music | pictures on May 1, 2012

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis

Stevie Jackson
Stevie Jackson

Belle & Sebastian's Stevie Jackson is a genuine charmer. Headlining the final night of Chickfactor 20: For the Love of Pop at The Bell House, he did much of the set solo (and with a scraggly beard and a bushy head of hair, Jackson looked a lot like Angel from The Rockford Files) and held the crowd's attention the whole time, performing a mix of Belle & Sebastian songs (not necesarilly his own), songs from his new solo album (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson, and covers (including a surprisingly great take on Elton John's "Rocket Man"). He's also a master of between-song banter and an audience participation leader. It was a great end to the three-day festival that felt more like a party than a series of concerts.

For about a third of the set, Jackson was backed by Honey Bunch, fronted by Jeffrey Underhill who also spent time in Velvet Crush, whose brand of Byrdsian guitar pop has been going on and off since the late '80s. Like the night before, I didn't get there till late so I missed The Softies, The Pines, The Ladybug Transistor and unannounced openers Franklin Bruno and Fan Modine. But we have pictures from the whole night, along with videos of The Softies and The Pines courtesy of Bleary Eyed Brooklyn. Click through for that.

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Franklin Bruno

Franklin Bruno

Franklin Bruno

Ladybug Transistor

Ladybug Transistor

Ladybug Transistor

Ladybug Transistor

Ladybug Transistor

Ladybug Transistor

Fan Modine

Fan Modine

Fan Modine

Fan Modine

Fan Modine

Fan Modine

Fan Modine

The Pines

The Pines performs "A Hundred Doors" at The Bell House for Chickfactor 20 from BlearyEyedBrooklyn.com on Vimeo.

The Pines

The Pines

The Pines

The Pines

The Pines

The Pines

The Pines

The Softies

The Softies "Charms Around Your Wrist" performs at The Bell House for Chickfactor 20 from BlearyEyedBrooklyn.com on Vimeo.

The Softies "Tracks and Tunnels" performs at The Bell House for Chickfactor 20 from BlearyEyedBrooklyn.com on Vimeo.

The Softies

The Softies

The Softies

The Softies

The Softies

The Softies

The Softies

The Softies

Honey Bunch

Honey Bunch

Honey Bunch

Honey Bunch

Honey Bunch

Honey Bunch

Honey Bunch

Honey Bunch

Honey Bunch

Stevie Jackson

"Belle & Sebastian Medley"

"Seymour Stein"

Stevie Jackson

Stevie Jackson

Stevie Jackson

Stevie Jackson

Stevie Jackson

Chickfactor founders Gail O'Hara and Pam Berry

Chickfactor Creators Gail O'Hara and Pam Berry

Chickfactor Creators Gail O'Hara and Pam Berry

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Comments (7)

Nothing to do with YTIN.ASNIL.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 11:48 AM

11:48 needs to learn how to punch himself in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 12:51 PM

I knew that Elliott Gould could act, but not sing -- great cover of Seymour Stein.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 1:46 PM

ChickpeaFactor 20

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 2:05 PM

hotties!

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 5:07 PM

Why are they so big and old?

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2012 10:35 PM

ChickpeaFactor 20 wow

Posted by sooq | May 4, 2012 1:00 PM

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