Thirty Minutes at Jo’s: Jared Leto rewards a SoCo throng with two songs, free tickets

Word spread quickly mid-afternoon Wednesday that Jared Leto essentially would be busking in front of the I Love You So Much wall at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress around 5 p.m. for anyone who showed up. A crowd of about a couple hundred fans of his band Thirty Seconds to Mars waited about a half-hour for Leto’s arrival, which turned out to include a small choir and a supporting guitarist.

It’s all part of a promo tour Leto has been on this week, with stops in a couple of other cities Monday and Tuesday, to highlight the band’s new album “America,” due out this Friday. Thirty Seconds to Mars will return to Austin on July 7 for a show at the Austin360 Amphitheater. After Leto played two songs, with much of the crowd singing along, he offered up the bonus of free tickets to the July concert for a fortunate 50 of those on-site.