5j Barrow, Common Jack
196 Allen St.
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
"If you were to walk through NYC’s Greenwich Village in the late 50’s through the mid 60’s, chances are you would encounter a people who were driven by their passions. Singers, musicians, actors, painters, poets, writers, and other creative minds building art together. Sharing meals together. Slowly but surely becoming who they were meant to be together. There were no dreams of grandeur, or an expectation of discovery. Just folks with the freedom and drive to make something that, without them, the world would never get to hear, see, or feel. It is this spirit that still remains in the floorboards, and stained on the windows that face the Hudson at 5j Barrow.
Founded by Eryn Murman and Jason Hite in the fall of 2011, 5j Barrow has built an audience brick by brick through the boroughs of New York City, earning the title of “Best Band in NYC” after winning The Greene Space WNYC/WQXR’s ‘Battle of the Boroughs 2014.’ They were rewarded with an appearance at the historic Apollo Theater. After releasing their debut album From the Dim, Sweet Light in 2014, they set out on the road, playing to packed venues in Cleveland, Nashville, Ithaca and Washington DC.
Brooklyn based indie folk-rock outfit Common Jack was formed by singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist John Gardner during a two and a half year world tour with the actor-musician Broadway show, Once. Based on the indie film of the same name, starring Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova of The Frames / Swell Season, Gardner spent those years playing Hansard & Irglova's music for sold out houses in America, Canada, and Japan while gigging with his own material during his free time.
While many of the early recordings consisted of Gardner playing every instrument in a more traditional folk set up, Common Jack has come to include a rotation of other musicians on fiddle, electric guitar, drums, and synths/organs.
Collaborating with some of these musicians, Gardner recorded Common Jack's debut LP - Bowl, Holland - in Washington DC's historic Cue Recording Studios with platinum producer Jim Ebert (Dave Grohl, Madonna, Toni Braxton). Bowl, Holland was praised for the "richness of the sound...from minimalist to quite symphonic." & for Gardner's songwriting and singing, "his voices takes us in quite a poetic world, in a very original musical dimension, he makes us fly." (Mike Penard, ISA Radio)
Upon finishing the album, Gardner immediately began working on what would become Common Jack's second LP. Working at Degraw Sound with co-producer & engineer Harper James (of EIGHTY-NINETY), a twelve track album was crafted and is set to be released in the fall of 2016.
General Admission || Please note, there is a one drink minimum for this show (standing and bar stools) and two drink minimum at tables. Limited seating is available on a first come first served basis.