MONROE, MI – Local rock band, Jack and the Bear, are proud to announce they’ll play a very special fundraiser show on Friday, February 1st from 7pm to 11:30pm at the One2 Lounge at Treo Restaurant (5703 Main St., Sylvania, OH). Featuring live performances by the band throughout the evening, this special show will also feature live and silent auction items, a one-of-a-kind raffle, and plenty more surprises for guests. Dubbed the Jack and the Bear Fundraiser Spectacular, the evening festivities aim to raise funds for the band’s first proper full length album, which they intent to record at Prairie Sun Studios in Sonoma, California. Suggested donation at the door is $2.
“Tom Waits has been a huge influence on our band, and we love the sound of his records,” said Brandon James, singer/guitarist and songwriter for the band. “By looking into where that sound came from, we discovered Prairie Sun Studios in California and discovered the clientele list included names like Paul McCartney, Kenny Loggins, Bob Marley, Primus, The Ramones, George Clinton, Tom Waits, and just a ton of incredible, influential artists. We decided this is where we wanted to record.”
After a bit of an exchange, Prairie Sun agreed to take the band on with the assistance of Oz Fritz, who produced Waits’ Grammy-winning album, Mule Variations. “We’re absolutely stoked about this. But, we need to raise some funds first,” James said.
With the costs of engineers, assistants, lodging, gas money, studio rental, mastering, promotion and duplication, the band’s total goal amounts to $10,000. They will kick off that fundraising effort with the Spectacular at Treo on February 1, hoping to raise $2,500 that evening to get the ball rolling.
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 along with the initials of the founding members of the group, the five-piece band hit the ground running with the writing of their first self-titled EP, which received a self-distributed release in the spring of 2011.
Self-described as a chamber folk/stomp rock outfit, the band has drawn inspiration from and comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Glen Hansard, Fleet Foxes, Beirut, Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. The use of four part harmony and instruments such as banjo, mandolin, trumpet, and accordion in many of their songs set the group aside from many others.
More recently the group set foot with their second EP release, The Stranger Amongst the Loyal, which was produced/engineered entirely by the band’s drummer, Adam Schreiber, who recently opened up his own studio, White Wagon.
Jack & the Bear quickly became known in Monroe, MI and Toledo, OH for their high-energy live shows, creating a legion of fans across a wide spectrum of age ranges and genres. As the accolades poured in from their local scenes, the band hit the road, self-booking successful tours on the east coast, licensing their songs with MTV, and sharing the stage with acts such as Deer Tick, Hayes Carll, Nicole Atkins, Dr. Dog, The White Rabbits, Langhorne Slim, Ha Ha Tonka, The Felice Brothers, Soja, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Railroad Earth, Deep Dark Woods and many more.
Now consisting of seven members, the band has matured and carried on to a whole new level with the addition of another female violinist, Elizabeth Burroughs. With the writing/recording of their third EP, The Trade, coming to a close, the band now looks to finally make preparations to create their first full length album.
Jack and the Bear are available for photo ops and interview requests for the February 1st Fundraiser Spectacular Show, and for additional coverage of their journey to record their debut full-length at Prairie Sun Studios. With requests, please contact Manager Jake Nielson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jack & The Bear