Written by Allison Hopkins for Très Fabu Event Planning and Design
Stephanie and Justin (Très Fabu’s bride and groom from December 2009) are one of many couples who have enjoyed the beautiful sounds of Spanish guitarist Jesse Christian Hendricks. You may have seen him featured on KCRA Sacramento or CW31 Good Morning Sacramento. He’s been entertaining California’s Central Valley, Bay Area, and beyond for more than ten years.
Hendricks performs at weddings and special events and has played at a variety of venues, including upscale restaurants, hotels, spas, museums, and city festivals. With a passionate and classy approach, Hendricks’ music has been called classical, flamenco jazz, rumba, and world music.
“The guitar is capable of different types of music so you really have a lot of flexibility with it,” says Hendricks. “For example, I often perform beautiful classical guitar for pre-ceremony and ceremony music. It is dignified and classy, a perfect touch to the wedding. Then, for the cocktail hour or dinner, I like to spice it up a little with flamenco-style jazz. This music is a mix of originals and other famous artists, and it provides a lively backdrop for guests to enjoy while mingling.”
Hendricks is mostly self-taught and found a great interest in the Spanish guitar (including classical and flamenco music) as a young adult. He truly loves the sounds of Spain and South America. He believes that the Spanish guitar is the most romantic, evocative instrument one can imagine.
“My favorite part of the job is the idea of being part of something special—whether that is a wedding, concert, or reaching out to seniors and children,” says Hendricks. “Music is a powerful gift that transcends all ages and backgrounds.”
Along with music, what Hendricks loves most in life is traveling.
“When I was younger, I lived in Europe for several years, taking in all the wonderful culture,” says Hendricks. “I have lived in Italy and Argentina and I have to say that the music I perform is a musical postcard and nostalgic reminder of everything I love about those countries.”
Be sure to check out Hendricks’ tunes at www.jessechendricks.com!
He also offers guitar classes and private instructions for all ages and levels.