The Bumper Jacksons will be releasing their new album I’ve Never Met A Stranger, which will be performed live at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, May 6 2017. It is their fifth time to play on our stage, and they’ll be doing so in style!
Like an old-time barn dance in downtown New Orleans, the Bumper Jacksons pull together a vast array of early American traditions into a deliciously cohesive sound that strikes you right in the heart. Hard-swinging grooves and roadhouse drinking songs are combined with delicate waltzes of loss and regret. At the center of it all, is an invitation to join in – a rowdy dance, a moment of soulful intimacy, or a movement to make a better world.
The Bumper Jacksons have a steadily rising list of honors: Washington Area Music Awards Artists of the Year, Best Folk Album, Best Folk Group for 2015; Strathmore Artists-in-Residence for 2015-2016; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Touring Artists for 2016-2017, and others. They’ve also just signed with Opus 3 Artists (among greats such as Yo-Yo Ma, Roseanne Cash, Bela Fleck, & Wynton Marsalis) for their national representation. This success blossomed from their simple beginnings in 2012 as a country-meets-city duet between Jess Eliot Myhre (clarinet, vocals, washboard) and Chris Ousley (acoustic & electric guitar, vocals, banjo) in the backyards, living rooms and front porches of DC and Baltimore. They crafted a sound built from their time exploring the smoky jazz clubs of New Orleans and old-time fiddler’s festivals throughout southern Appalachia. From the beginning, they focused on honest deliveries and energetic performances.
After Chris and Jess established the roots of the Bumper Jacksons’ sound, it quickly drew in the rest of the Bumper Jacksons members and matured into what you hear today. Dave Hadley (pedal steel), Alex Lacquement (upright bass, vocals), Dan Samuels (drum kit), Brian Priebe (trombone) & Joe Brotherton (trumpet) who masterfully amplifies and diversifies the tone, rhythm and power that defines the band’s core sound. The success of the band’s last two albums - Too Big World (2015) and Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy Come In (2014)– demonstrate the ongoing refinement of their scrappy-yet-elegant, familiar-yet-reaching sound that explores a full spectrum of human emotion in its goal for the caramel core of Americana.
So whether it’s a packed house in a historic amphitheater or a fireside in the hills of Appalachia, the intimate ballads, growly blues, and fast paced two-steps will call you into another world that’s at once like home and the open road. It’s a truly Americana sound that grabs at your soul and connects you with over 150 years of human passion.
JUST ADDED: J Pope and the Hearnow will open the night with an intimate stripped down set. J Pope and the HearNow are a hip hop infused alt-soul group based in Baltimore, Maryland. As one of Baltimore's best kept musical secrets, the band's reputation for eclectic composition, deft improvisation, and profound lyrical content is built on high-energy live performances.
THIS WILL BE A SEATED SHOW WITH LIMITED DANCE SPACE. PLEASE BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE.
8pm | $20, $17, members | +$3 at the door