Jack Johnson set to show UCSD how to kick back

    San Diego will mellow the wildest spirit with its laid-back beach atmosphere. But even this idyllic haven can learn a thing or two about relaxing from the master of chill himself, Jack Johnson, who will be performing at RIMAC Arena on Friday.

    Known for his lethargic blues sounds, catchy acoustic guitar strums, deeply lulling beats, and mournful voice, Johnson is, simply enough, chill. His style of music reflects of his life.

    Johnson grew up in Hawaii, the epicenter of all lethargy. Son of Hawaiian surfing champion Jeff Johnson, Jack became a professional surfer at age 16. He surfed professionally until a surfing collision with some dangerous reefs left him badly injured and led him down a different path. His passion for surfing was funneled into directing surf films, in which he had great potential.

    Johnson attended UC Santa Barbara, where his musical talent began to surface. The band G. Love & Special Sauce took notice of his talent and asked him to appear on their album. Johnson’s talent quickly garnered contract solicitations, all of which he turned down because he simply had no musical ambition. He eventually signed with Enjoy Records, a small distributor whose goal was to sell only 50,000 copies of his debut album “”Brushfire Fairytales.””

    Occasionally touring with Ben Harper, Johnson has been putting on his own performances lately. His frequent concerts at various colleges have fueled his popularity among students. Johnson is known for giving great live shows, and this Friday’s performance is expected to be as good as ever. Expect to hear many of the popular hits from his new album, possibly including “”Bubble Toes”” and “”Flake””, as well as some of his older songs like “”Rodeo Clowns””.

    As for his next album, well, there may never be one. Jack Johnson, a Hawaii native, is all about the beach. His career as a musician is far from his focus on the surfer life. So enjoy him while he is here.

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