Nov. 1 – Jack and the Bear Album Release at Ferndale Library with Halloween Themed Music

Nov. 1 – Jack and the Bear Album Release at Ferndale Library with Halloween Themed Music

FERNDALE,MI – Jack and the Bear probably love Halloween more than any other local band. The quartet of imaginative Monroe-area musicians will prove their enthusiasm for the trick-or-treating season on Friday, Nov 1, when they perform a free concert at the Ferndale Library, celebrating the release of their new album, Gruesome Gruesome – Volume Twosome. This performance is part of the Ferndale Library’s ongoing local music showcase series, First Stop Friday. The library closes at 6 pm on Fridays, but doors reopen at 7:30 pm, with music starting promptly at 8 pm.

Jack and the Bear bring a vaudevillian style to their songs and their performance, blending experimental rock with cinematic blues, loungey ballads with dark lullabies, jazzy nocturnes with gothic country, and dream-like folk odes to soundtrack dreams that tour past the nightmarish territories without fully passing over. Like fairly-certain carnival barkers, they assure you that their band is “…the greatest thing you’ll ever see…probably.” Their first handful of albums were already categorized as untraditional, and especially phantasmagorical, but now they’ve written and produced another collection of original Halloween songs. Yes, that’s right, another collection for Halloween: they released Gruesome Gruesome last September and are following it up with Volume Twosome. 

Jack and the Bear are Brandon James, Adam Schreiber, Christina Nielsen, and Evan Close. Over their years of writing and producing their music, they’ve performed at noteworthy music festivals (Bristol Rhythm and Roots, The Friendly Gathering, Nashville PAW Fest), and worked with Grammy-award-winning artists, engineers, and producers (Oz Fritz, Doug Sax, Mooka Rennick, Sam Bardfeld). They’ve had multiple works placed and aired on hit Viacom network programs such as MTV’s Catfish and Teen Mom. On top of all that, they’ve formed their own recording studio niche in their hometown and enjoyed the past few years touring the US.

First Stop Friday is sponsored by The Friends of the Ferndale Library, a nonprofit group of volunteers who work to support library programming and resources. The Ferndale Library strives to support and showcase local musicians and local artists from around the Metro Detroit area. Along with this live music program, they also circulate an extensive collection of CDs released by local artists. On Fri, Nov 1, doors will open at 7:30 pm, with music starting at 8 pm.

Jack & the Bear Album Release Party
At Ferndale Library’s First Stop Friday
Friday, November 1
Doors at 7:30 pm

Music at 8 pm
222 E. Nine Mile Rd

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