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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Voodoo Child - Hunter & the Dirty Jacks

Hunter & The Dirty Jacks are a very entertaining and versatile rock & roll band from Los Angeles, California. Blues and roots rock with a vintage sound and modern edge… originals, covers, full electric and rocked to the roof on Sunset Blvd., or all acoustic in a serene setting… both have been done to extreme success. Hunter & The Dirty Jacks comprise a virtual all-star cast of Los Angeles and Orange County-area musicians that have been playing locally and regionally for over ten years apiece. Fronted by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Ackerman, and anchored by Jon Siembieda and Carmelo Bonaventura on guitar, Aaron Barnes on bass, and Brian Lara on drums, the Dirty Jacks put forth an extremely high energy, emotionally compelling performance coupled with a rare combination of soulful originals and tasty covers. The sound is rock and roll with a bluesy core, ala the Black Keys, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes, and Jet. The band is very seasoned for all players being in the late 20s and early 30s. The Dirty Jacks debuted at House of Blues Sunset Strip on 9/29/12 to a resounding success and haven’t looked back since. In just a few short months, the band has gone on a tour of Northern California, set up a second tour in June 2013, a third leg in November 2013, and also has established a critically-acclaimed weekly residency that started at the beginning of 2013 at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica (the oldest blues club in Southern California), where all of the admission proceeds and a portion of drink sales benefit feeding the hungry in Santa Monica, as well as teaching foster children music. The previous band to hold the Tuesday residency at Harvelle’s was Vintage Trouble, who is now touring the world opening for The Who. The bandmates have experience playing several casinos in and out of state, House of Blues Sunset, House of Blues Anaheim, Coach House, Harvelle’s, Observatory, Detroit Bar, The Press, Still Water, Whisky a Go Go, Viper Room, and many other venues. The bandmates have collectively shared bills with bands of the likes of Tommy Castro, Eric Sardinas, Coco Montoya, Dave Mason, Walter Trout, Cinderella, Led Zepagain, Wayward Sons, Wild Child, War, and many others. Current press to date – (it) Magazine, ShockBoxTV, 88.1 FM KKJZ, 100.3 FM The Sound L.A., Whoa Magazine, Influentza Magazine, Blues Rock Review, Music On The Left, Santa Monica Mirror, Southland Blues Magazine, Patch, The Argonaut Newspaper, and 88.9 FM KUCI.

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