DePedro Mod Club, Toronto ON, June 12

DePedro Mod Club, Toronto ON, June 12
Photo: Matt Bobkin
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Madrid's Jairo Zavala, better known as DePedro, took his guitar, vocals and mutton chops to the Mod Club stage and delivered a set of tunes heavily influenced by his Spanish heritage. Save for a single line, the entire set was in Spanish, but the audience connected, engaging in short banter between songs. The songs were driven by Zavala's melodic acoustic guitar, and his voice was hushed but ever-present, commanding attention without needing to rely on volume. The first two songs featured Zavala singing while playing guitar, but the sound gradually broadened with the addition of bass, drums and trumpet accompaniment from headlining band Calexico. The set highlight was "Tu Mediodia," featuring a brief audience sing along during the chorus among Zavala's tranquil vocals, tuneful guitar noodling, and the drum accompaniment. Zavala's troubadour style proved successful, and his tunes brought a Spanish flair that was accessible and pleasing.