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An evening with Jesse Cook at the Pantages Theatre / Twin Cities Daily Planet review

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When flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook appeared on stage at the Minneapolis's historic Pantages Theatre Saturday, May 3rd, he acted surprised at the sizable crowd as he jokingly commented, "Are you all sure you came to the right show?" Although his culturally rich blend of instrumental music is not main-stream, it is plenty well known to fans of Smooth Jazz, Nuevo Flamenco and World music. It can be challenging for a band with no singer to keep an audience interested, however Cook has cleverly crafted an entertaining live show to combat that. One of the key components is his cast of versatile players who switch off between multiple instruments interacting with each other at different parts of the stage, clearly having fun as they feed of each other's creativity. It's infectious! 

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