Mix in an old school vibe with a modern hipness and you have Jesse Cook. Known from his many specials on public television and around the world, Jesse Cook’s music blends rumba with a flamenco twist.  The music conquers an old world feel with his acoustic ban performed at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.

The February 9 performance was before a packed house who clapped along the beat. Jesse never missing a beat made running commentary of his different selections from recent CDs, stories of past experiences, and the hipness to it all.

The music is very soothing, the type you would hear at a Cirque du Soleil show with funky beats and long string pieces.  During intermission, I spoke to Brandie who was there with her husband on a well deserved “date night”.  “I have been waiting for six months to attend this concert”, she exclaimed as her husband noted it was a pleasant surprise from his wife.

One of the joys of the Ferst Center for the Arts Season is that you are transformed to experiences from different parts of the world.  Coming up next is Nnenna Freelon who will perform a tribute to the legendary Lena Horne on February 23 and then the ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro a favorite of mine on March 2, 2013.

Check out the schedule and plan an eventful evening at the Ferst Center for the Arts at: www.FerstCenter.org or call the box office at (404)894-9600