Jack & the Bear

with The Smoking Dandies and Red Rio

Jack and the Bear is a Theatrical/Roots act from lower east Michigan with vaudevillian tendencies (see the live show.) Conjured up of three siblings and close friends, their sound is often described as “Dark Disney”; and with influence/inspiration being taking from artists such as Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Disney Soundtracks themselves, what more can you expect than “the greatest thing you’ll ever see, probably.”

Throughout their time as a self-managed (DIY) band, “Jack” have performed at noteworthy music festivals (Bristol Rhythm and Roots, The Frendly Gathering, Nashville PAW Fest…etc), worked with Grammy award winning artists, engineers and producers (Oz fritz, Doug Sax, Mooka Rennick, Sam Bardfeld), had multiple works placed and aired on hit Viacom network programs such as MTV’s Catfish & Teen Mom, formed their own recording studio niche in their hometown, and have enjoyed the past few years touring extensively across the U.S. anywhere they can to spread the word of “Jack” referring to themselves as “The greatest thing you’ll ever see, probably.”

The classic question: “Who’s Jack and who’s the Bear?”
The not so classic answer: Jack is a cockerspaniel owned by the lead trumpet player (Christina) and Bear is an acronymn representing the first four original members of the outfit.

THE SMOKING DANDIES
Hot and sweet interpretations of jazz/swing stylings of the 1920s-40s. Playing the music of Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, and more.
 
RED RIO
Red Rio is a four piece, gritty Americana/blues band based in Grand Rapids, MI.

 

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