WCBE 90.5 Presents
The Josh Krajcik Band
The Wet Darlings, Fool's Fire
2619 N. High St.
Columbus, OH, 43202
This event is 18 and over
The Josh Krajcik Band
When he was just 16-years-old, Josh Krajcik schemed his way onto the stage of a bar near his hometown of Wooster, Ohio. Earning $100 for his four-hour debut gig, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist decided that night to devote his life to making music. Over the next 14 years, Krajcik fronted a host of musical projects and eventually founded the Josh Krajcik Band, a three-piece blues-rock outfit that toured with the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and The Fray and appeared on the Bonnaroo Music Festival’s 2006 lineup. But by 2011 Krajcik was fighting to sustain his music career, and ended up taking a job at a burrito joint to make ends meet. On a whim, Krajcik then auditioned for The X Factor USA—and soon found himself wowing audiences with his gravelly-rich voice and stirring delivery on the show’s premiere season. Now, Krajcik is set to release his full-length album Blindly, Lonely, Lovely that pair his powerful vocals with intensely passionate, soul-infused songwriting.
“More than anything, I wanted this music to be honest,” says Krajcik of his debut releases. Instinct has also played a key role in guiding Krajcik through the ups and downs of his early career. “Over the years I definitely had a few of those moments where you’re doubting yourself and you wonder, ‘Should I just give it all up?’” Krajcik admits. “But at the same, I really don’t know what else I could have tried to be.” So while holding to the promise he made himself at sixteen yielded its share of struggle, Krajcik asserts that those tough times have more than paid off. “The day after I finished the sessions for ‘Nothing’ and ‘Don’t Make Me Hopeful,’ I was walking around Hammersmith, just sort smiling to myself and thinking about the songs and my music in general,” he recalls. “After a while I looked up and realized I didn’t know where I was. I’d gotten so caught up in thinking about where I was now—compared to just about a year before, when I was jumping from couch to couch and making burritos to pay rent—that I’d ended up completely lost in the middle of London. It was a great moment.” Still, Krajcik asserts that his ultimate goal is to continue expanding his sound and delving more deeply into his songwriting. “The most important thing for me is to just keep on pushing myself as a singer and songwriter and musician,” says Krajcik, “since I know that this is what I’m going to be doing forever.”
The Wet Darlings
In the heart of a heart-shaped state, the band was born in Columbus, Ohio in 2008. Guitarist Bill Patterson, who entered musical puberty via Van Halen, met singer Jenny Lute, who started a prodigious vocal career as a teen belting out gospel standards in a rural Ohio church. The band rounded out with genre-hopping percussionist Aaron Bishara, and bassist/synth player Joe Patterson.
After releasing two EP's, being named in Columbus Alive's annual Bands to Watch issue, regular regional radio play, and roughly a half-million plays on Spotify of their single "Bicycle", the band delved into the studio to record their first full-length album.
Two years later, they emerged with Beautiful Things.
Fool's Fire is an alternative rock band from Columbus, OH. The band initially formed in 2011 as a brother/sister duo consisting of Nic & Kendra Jados. It remained a basement side-project for the better part of three years until the cellar doors burst open and production began on a self-titled EP.
Since releasing their debut EP in May of 2015, Fool's Fire has opened for several national/international artists such as The Wombats and Little Green Cars.
The band is currently recording a follow-up to their self-titled 2015 release.