I have seen Jonah many times, so much so I have lost track but one thing is for sure, his shows just keep getting more and more organic and beautiful. In what could be a moment I will never forget, just before getting into playing a song from his band Far, "At Night We Live," the title track off last year's release, he discussed his friend and Deftones bassist Chi Chang. Chi who was seriously injured in a car accident in 2008, has been in a coma since then, Far reunited and released At Night We Live in Chi's honor and spirit of his recovery. Jonah discussed wishing Chi's mother a "Happy Mothers Day," and how he would see Chi later in the week, it was then that he began playing "At Night We Live" and then said "well, you can't talk about Deftones without playing a Deftones song," Jonah would then go into playing "Digital Bath," off Deftones 2000 release, White Pony. If you looked around the small room, you would see tears building in everyone's eyes, Chi himself would be proud to have his friend do his own take on his band's song.
After playing for just over an hour, Matranga said goodnight and dictated how happy he was at his current state as a musician, how he has shot himself in the foot not being bigger but it was ok with him because he gets to play gigs like this. Every time I have seen Jonah Matranga in concert I can honestly say I walk away a better person and I believe I speak on behalf of anyone in that room last night and anyone that has ever seen him perform alone.