Jesse R.S. is a Denver-based rock ‘n roll band. With an energetic style, storytelling songwriting, and an impressive rhythm section, they create funk and folk-infused rock music that is eclectic and exciting. The four-piece band, comprised of Jesse Sowards (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Sean Kiefer (drums), Justin Woods (bass, upright bass), Chris Whiteley (winds, keyboard, ukulele, percussion) have been making sweet music together since their inception in 2014.
In their first year, Jesse R.S. hit over 10,000 views on YouTube with their debut music video “Play,” and followed up with two more video releases for “Number” and “At My Feet.” Their album Drinkers & Jokers (2014) received acclaim, and was promoted through a tour both nationally and internationally. By 2015, Jesse R.S. had earned a reputation for being a group who could hold their own off and on the stage. In 2017, the band released three more videos - “Gettin’ Down,” “Baby Drink,” and “What We Want” - the title track of their upcoming album.
Jesse R.S.’s Fall 2017 album What We Want is the culmination of three years’ writing, recording, and performing. The 11-track album, which was recorded at Evergroove Studio, is a colorful collection of brand new and re-arranged tunes. What We Want speaks of drinking and love, but delves into deeper topics such as race, religion, and unity. The album incorporates a bevy of instruments, including: saxophone(s), upright bass, ukulele, penny whistle, clarinet, steel pan, and many more. Each tune is unique in style and content, ranging from electrifying funk-rock, to New Orleans Dixie, to Caribbean-style jam. The title track “What We Want” is a hopeful ballad that has a vulnerable quality, making the album as a whole more than just a ‘good-timey’ collection.
Jesse R.S. are reimagining rock without even trying to: through the exploration of unconventional sounds not normally heard in rock ‘n roll, their music challenges the notion of genres and sound categorization. Jesse R.S. pay homage to individual members’ influences such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, and Dave Matthews Band, while staying true to their own sound.
During their live performances, Jesse R.S.’s music comes to life, with full-color productions, heavy improvisations, and energetic storytelling. Band member Chris Whiteley can often be seen with 17 different instruments, such as the: flute, trumpet, two keyboards, shakers, and four different saxophones - just to name a few. Through synced-up visuals and elaborate stage setups, Jesse R.S. are able to share their stories, while inciting the urge for audience members to get up and dance. Combining both well-known original songs, as well as a few classic rock, jam, and even 80’s covers, their live shows feel familiar and invigorating at the same time.
Jesse R.S. have performed at venues such as Summit Music Hall and Bluebird Theater, and have played at festivals such as Backwoods Music Festival, Higher Ground Music Festival, and Underground Music Showcase (2014, 2015, 2016). With the approach of their upcoming album What We Want, the band is set to perform even more throughout the Colorado region, and beyond.
Since 2003, Illinois-based singer-songwriter Dan Hubbard has released seven albums and toured extensively through the Midwest and both coasts. In the process, he’s shared the stage with some of the industry’s top artists, built a strong fan base, become a refined songwriter and earned critical acclaim for his efforts. With his foundation in the classic sounds of Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Neil Young and Jackson Browne, Hubbard carries songs of love, loss and soul searching. Like the influential front-men before him, Hubbard delivers a message that people can relate to in good times and bad.
Dan got his first taste of success when the release of his 2010 album See You Again received airplay on over 120 radio stations nationwide. His popularity continued to grow in 2011 when he and his band “The Humadors” released The Love Show. The album appeared on the Top 50 Roots Rock Chart.
Since the success of The Love Show, Dan has shared the stage with numerous national acts including Blues Traveler, Grand Funk Railroad, Nikka Costa, Cory Chisel, Martin Sexton, Howie Day, David Mayfield Parade, Peter Case, The Apache Relay, Jack Ingram, Red Wanting Blue, Pokey LaFarge, Chris Knight, Michael Glabicki, Andrew Combs, and Matthew Curry.
In 2015 Hubbard collaborated with Nashville producer and 3-time Grammy Nominee Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) to record his 4th solo album. The self-titled Dan Hubbard was released in February of 2016, and Dan is currently touring nationally in support of the record.
Eric Dorr makes Indie Rock music. He writes songs about friends, strangers, daydreaming, and other life experiences. He began writing songs as a teenager, after falling in love with the sounds and styles of artists like Dr. Dog, Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, and Ryan Adams. Those same artists still greatly influence his music today. His songs are filled with vocal harmonies and layered orchestrations.