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JACKSON & THE POOLSHARKS / THE FAUX MONTREUX / THE ZANNIES / JESSE & THE GNOME WSG/ DISH DELISH
Jackson and the Poolsharks center around the stylings of Detroit-based songwriter Daniel Jackson. While remaining reverent to the southern rock and blues records his highly musical family exposed him to at a young age (i.e. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones), Jackson includes the more contemporary post punk and power pop influences he explored later in his formative years. The result is a punky yet groovy, dirty yet pop-sensible hybrid which Jackson can claim entirely as his own.
Jackson and the Poolsharks will be releasing their debut full length record in the coming months, which tells stories of heartache and lost love. But with such infectious melodies, it’s hard not to want to stomp your foot and shout along.
The Faux Montreux: Mixing ingredients from a plethora of former Detroit bands, The Faux Montreux is a high octane collaborative that is both powerful and just what we all needed to break the redundancy which is rock music these days…..Dark, emotional and turned up to 11 you will leave feeling like you actually listened to and felt something real!!!!!
The Zannies began as an indie solo project by Ben Steer in early 2013, who learned classical guitar at the age of 12 and began writing and self-producing music at age 17. When childhood friends Eric Satterlee and Peter Slack invited Steer to play bass for an afternoon jam session, he began studying the instrument and quickly gained an affinity for slap and funk technique inspired by bassists like Victor Wooten and Les Claypool.
Today, The Zannies are recognized for a signature bass-driven hard rock style and a wide range of songwriting, from a 12-bar blues progression to punk rock to psychedelic. The band has been described as “blues punk” for their use of pentatonic guitar solos over a punchy rhythm section and blunt vocals.
Lyrically, The Zannies’ songs are personal stories guised with humour and sarcasm, with clever hooks and earworms woven between heartbreak and the confusion of growing up. Their live performances have been described as fun, energetic, and even ballsy. Since the addition of drummer Josh Worsham, formerly of Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish (Grand Rapids rockabilly), the outfit has further progressed to an alternative sound likened to Incubus, Artic Monkeys, and Cake, with the freedom of a jam band that is never afraid to put a new spin on their material.
Jesse and The Gnome reunion show!! Jesse and the Gnome consisted of former members of The Satin Peaches, Mick Bassett & the Marthas, and JSB Squad. They formed in December of 2010 and played 57 shows before disbanding in June of 2012.