Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. in San Diego, February 1

| January 31, 2012

Dale-Earnhardt-Jr-Jr No, that second “Jr.” is not a copy and paste oversight. It’s as on purpose as Conan O’Brien’s untamed ginger pompadour.

Neither is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. the son of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Rather, they’re a musical duo from Detroit and they’ll be in America’s Finest tomorrow night to play a show at North Park’s Soda Bar.

To borrow from one of my favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. songs, “Simple Girl”, I’m a “simple girl governed by simple pleasures,” which is why I dig their reverent indie-rock melodies and why I like to catch shows at venues like Soda Bar. Soda Bar is intimate the way watching a performance in a recording booth might be. Bands don’t perform on a stage set at shoulder-level to elevate them above the masses. Instead, they’re at the same level as the rest of us. Depending on where you sit or stand, you could be the towel girl or guy dabbing the perspiration off performers’ foreheads between songs. It’s this quality that makes Soda Bar a great setting for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s Daniel Zott (pictured left) and Joshua Epstein (pictured right). I mean, have you seen Zott’s lion-like mane? He’ll likely need help on its upkeep during the show.

Tickets for the show run $16 a pop. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. The show, which opens with a set by San Diego band Tourism, starts at 8:30 p.m.

Curious but have never heard of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.? Here are three, quick ways to get to know them:

  • Stream music from their album, It’s A Corporate World, from their website.
  • Exchange your e-mail address for a free download of “Morning Thought”, the track that opens the 12-song It’s A Corporate World.
  • Watch Zott and Epstein perform “Simple Girl” on Conan.

(Image from Sezio’s event page for the show.)

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