When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
In the midst of what could be the largest movement in folk-rock music since the 1960's, revolutionary sounds from bands such as The Avett Brothers, Deer Tick, Arcade Fire, The Felice Brothers, and Mumford & Sons open new doors. With a similar sound and an admirable aspiration, Jack & the Bear were birthed in the downriver town of Monroe, Michigan in the summer of 2010. Named after an inspirational figure in lead singer Brandon James’ life; the five-piece band hit the ground running with the writing and recording of their first self-titled EP, which received a self-distributed release in the spring of 2011. Writers Brandon James and Ryan "Reggie" Servis provide a unique blend of musical backgrounds; traditional guitar styling’s of artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Glen Hansard meet new-wave cascading instrumentals found in songs of Fleet Foxes and Beirut. The use of three part harmony and instruments such as trumpet, accordion, and organ in many of their songs set the group aside from many others. More recently the group just set foot with their second EP release "The Stranger Amongst the Loyal" which was produced/engineered entirely by the bands drummer Adam Schreiber. Their live show is another story that is completely unique to them; something that is a must see for any fan of live performance. The group set off on their first tour of the East Coast in the summer of 2012 to reach out to new fans. They returned home with lots of inspiration, new songs, new friends, and loads of success which included licensing negotiations with MTV's Music Integration Department. As of fall 2012, the band has matured and carried on to a whole new level with the release of their third EP “The Trade," and a feature of their song "Jack's Flying Theme Part II" in the new MTV series "Catfish." Jack & the Bear is now looking toward recording their first full-length album at Prairie Sun Studios with Grammy Award Winning producer Oz Fritz. Fritz has produced a number of albums with the legendary Tom Waits, including 1999's critically acclaimed "Mule Variations." Jack & the Bear hope to release their debut LP in the summer of 2013.