Julia Nunes brings her YouTube hits to the Cedar
|Julia Nunes signs autographs after her show at the Cedar Cultural Center|
Nunes stopped at the Cedar Cultural Center Monday night as part of her tour for her new CD, I Think You Know, which she is releasing to the Internet on February 2. Since January 14, Nunes has played shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Monday marked her first appearance in Minneapolis.
She established her original material as the foundation of the show
by opening with four of her own songs, the
popular being "Balloons," which has almost 1.4 million YouTube
views. Most of her originals are based off of simple open strumming
patterns on her acoustic guitar and ukulele, but her voice remained on
pitch through the periods of loud singing and talking
during and between songs as she joked with the crowd, the majority of
whom were women under 30 years old.
Before the show, a woman sitting a few seats over told me she wanted to hear the cover songs that Nunes sang with a ukulele online. In the front row, two teenage girls wore matching homemade t-shirts for Nunes, which on the front read "Jaaaaaaa" -- Nunes's YouTube user name. Behind me, a 20-year-old woman told me her favorite song was one of Nunes's originals.
Later in the show, Nunes threw in some covers, including "All My Loving" by the Beatles and an obnoxiously entertaining rendition "Bye, Bye, Bye" by 'N Sync. She also played her most viewed cover, "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations.
Her first video went onto YouTube in 2006, and she is now the 27th most subscribed to musician on YouTube, passing in front of pop figures from Kelly Clarkson to Al Yankovic. She enjoyed enough success to land a gig as the opening act for Ben Folds' U.S. Tour in 2008. Her last scheduled January show is in Chicago tonight.