Hit Makers Music Presents:
Jack & the Bear, Damon Bailey Trio
Kansas City, MO, 64111
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
A five piece folk band from Kansas City. Formed in June 2011 as a result of a shared passion for intentional, sincere songwriting.
Jack & the Bear
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.
With the core of the group being made of two sets of brothers, an outlier family friend and a sister collaborating comes comfortably and naturally to the band. Writers Brandon James and Reginald (Ryan) Servis provide a unique blend of two 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 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 just set foot with their second EP release "The Stranger Amongst the Loyal" which was produced/engineered entirely by the bands drummer Adam Schreiber. Adam recently opened up his own studio which goes by the name of "White Wagon" and is starting to take on new projects along with handling all of the Jack & the Bear releases.
Jack & the Bear started off attempting to form a sound like many folk rockers around today but ended up walking into a new sound all their own. They have been compared to artists such as The Waterboys, Springsteen, and even Tom Waits. Their live show is a whole other story which cannot be explained in a short summary…you'll just have to see for yourself. They have done licensing with MTV and have shared 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 the list goes on.
The group set off on their first tour of the East Coast in the summer of 2012 to reach out to new fans and returned back home with lots of inspiration, new songs, new friends, new fans and loads of success.
Now consisting of 5 members (and a Jake Nielsen) the band has matured and carried on to a whole new level. 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 plan to release their debut full-length album by the end of this Summer.
Damon Bailey Trio