What is “Jack and the Bear"? And, why should you even care, when there are literally thousands of other musical acts to have a listen to right now?
Jack: bug eyed; cocker spaniel; influential figure; diddly derider
And The: &; and; the
Bear: acronym for first four founding members of a hot musical act; Brandon, Evan, Adam, Ryan (Reggie)
Take three young siblings; one, a horn player; another, a guitarist/writer; and the last, a drum lord. Now, add to the mix two more heart throbs, equipped with keys, enthusiastic vocals, and of course a bodacious, booming bass. Mix all of these things together and you’ve got yourself a meal. A very different kind of meal. A kind of meal intended not for consuming through your mouth--oh no--but for your listening and viewing pleasure.
Phew, sounds pretty amazing so far, eh? Let's take a break from the history of Jack and the Bear for a second then to see what this project is all about, shall we?
You've probably seen the image above three times now.
And there is a reason for that, in case you have not yet watched the video, I'll let you in on what this Jack and the Bear Studios thing is all about.
Since the start of the band, we have spent literally THOUSANDS of dollars on recording, recording gear, road trips, mastering, instruments, mics, audio equipment and MANY other expenses to make our band's existence to the world possible. If you yourself are a musician, artist, or are in anyway involved in the entertainment industry, you know exactly what I mean when I say that the entertainment business no cheap style of living.
Over the course of a couple years now, our drummer Adam has been learning the ways of the audio/engineering world and encouraging us to invest our earnings into equipment and spaces that could eventually result into a studio of our own....
In the image below you can see a list of gear we've purchased thus far.
That is where this project all comes into play: Jack and the Bear Studios
Named after ourselves in the style of "Muppet Studios" and "Walt Disney Studios" we are planning on, yes, forming our own headquarters to create music more efficiently than ever before.
Though it is named after us, this studio will not be limited to only our needs/recording projects.
We know how hard it is to scrape up the money to get just ONE great sounding piece of audio, and so that is why Adam came up with the idea to do sort of a "Jack and the Bear Gives Back" project where we will be hand selecting some of our favorite artists/bands, lacking in money, but possessing the talent to record at our studio for next to nothing! Which is why we hatched the idea to make "Jack and the Bear Studios Golden Tickets" that Adam will be handing out to deserving acts.
If you are to receive one of these "Golden Tickets" you will be rewarded with one free day of studio time at our new headquarters.
Now comes the question I'm sure everyone would like an answer to: WHY DO YOU GUYS NEED $8,000?!
And we have a very simple explanation.Steve Gadd
this video posted by "Music Makers" explains it all:
Steve Gadd has been recorded on over 600 different albums. Google him if you must, I feel an explanation shouldn't even be bothered with a name like his.
In 2013 alone, we worked with a lot of our favorite artists that are considerably big names in the music industry such as Doug Sax, Oz Fritz, Sam Bardfeld...etc. and now, we have the unique opportunity to have Steve produce our next record.
Now, as you can well imagine, it is going to cost quite a bit of money to get an artist like Steve to fly out to Michigan to produce our album. We are calculating about 2 grand a day for production time alone, which is a lot of money I know, but I'll have you all know that ANY contribution will be more than appreciated, and rewarded with a lot of great incentives we've listed to your right.
On a different note, I'd like to mention that we've already partnered with New York City based musician, guitar virtuoso and industry professional John McCurry (who has worked with many well-known artist including Cyndi Lauper, Billie Joel, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, John Waite, Julian Lennon..etc) to be our mastering engineer.
(Pictured below: Cyndi Lauper and John McCurry)
We called upon you last time to make this dream a reality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WJlLrXVAgQ
(Image of our debut album recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Sonoma, CA by Oz Fritz and mastered by Doug Sax.)
(Please note that the title "Dreams Get You Nowhere" is a direct display of our love for the use of irony and satire.)
Now, back to a little more history on the band. Allow me to add a few more things to this concoction being frazzled together: A high energy performance; a feast for the eyes at the likes of which is very seldom seen anymore. A writing style and lyrics inspired by the greats; such as, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, and Randy Newman.
Now, I know what you’re thinking so far… "Too good to be true. And furthermore, much too hot for me to handle.” It’s okay though, anyone would think the same thing after being spoon fed soulless, auto-tuned, atrociously written crap for so many years, through the mainstream, public eye of music this day in age. Not to say there isn’t anything good out there in the massive industry of music, oh no, but, I am declaring there is nothing, not no one, nor anything close to replicating the band you are reading about now.
That band is Jack and the Bear.
Born in the downriver town of Monroe, Michigan, the gang trekked down the road to Toledo, Ohio, and back to the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the early days of the forming. I could say many things to attempt to give you an idea of exactly what Jack and the Bear is… but… unfortunately, I feel as though the only way to truly understand Jack and the Bear, is to witness the act live in person.
They’ve been described as: "A mind blowing performance," and "A Broadway musical meets Bruce Springsteen.” But the best description I would refer to would be: “A spectacle that must be seen live firsthand, to truly be understood.”
When a band is formed, the first thing someone asks is, “What kind of music do you play?” or “What do you guys sound like?” Jack and the Bear have always had a tough time coming up with an answer to such a question, but, if they had to attempt a description, it would be something like…
“Disney working with Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions Band, whilst 1970s' George Lucas writes out the screen play to each show, guided by the everlasting spirit of legends; such as, Louis Prima, Pete Seeger, and a cup of love. Also, Randy Newman sword fighting Captain Hook on top of the eye of Sauron.”
Currently, the band recently finished up a “Never Ending Tour.”
And when I say never ending, I mean NEVER ENDING.
The group recorded their first full length album at Prairie Sun Studio in Sonoma, California, with Grammy award winning producer, Oz Fritz, who is, in the words of the band, “A godd*mn genius.” Also, joining in on their adventure of making their record in ten days’ time, was special guest/violin extraordinaire, Sam Bardfeld, of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions band, The Jazz Passengers… and so on.
After a “Pancake Party” with Oz, the album was taken to the legendary Doug Sax (he mastered Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”) at “The Mastering Lab” to be officially completed. The record now awaits its mighty release in the hands of the band, as they look for the best way to spread the majestic, heartwarming, energetic sounds to the music loving masses out in the world today.
Now, you may find this band’s music online, watch videos of them on youtube, but, most importantly, you may see them for yourself, on tour, everywhere, coming near you at all times.
My advice to any and every one reading this: YOU. If you feel like your life has become dull, feel as though it is lacking in luster, and needs a swift kick in the rear end to reveal a new, yet familiar flavor of music and energy, look further no more. Come on out to a Jack and the Bear performance near you, as soon as humanly possible. You will not be disappointed.
“Jack and the Bear: saving lives, every day."
(Photo of the limited edition "Jack and the Bear Legion" shirt)
(Only 10 of these will be made: Image of the "Jack and the Bear Studios" polo)
(Pictured below is a photo of our first draft for the studio layout.)
Remember if you can't contribute any money, that's no big deal. There are so many other ways to help.
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