Gerry Jarcia+Electric Kif - FnW ROC

Fri Jul 13 2018

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Funk 'n Waffles Rochester

204 N. Water Street Rochester, NY 14604


Ages 18+

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    Gerry Jarcia String Band

    New Acoustic

    The Gerry Jarcia String Band is a new group of seasoned musicians based out of Johnson City, NY who are quickly expanding their fanbase with the mission of sharing hard-driving rhythms and catchy Old-Time tunes to the ‘next town over’. Revivalists with Rock N Roll hearts, they play old music that still resonates today and their audiences can’t help to dance, hoot, and holler well after each show ends. And, if you’re picturing a Grateful Dead tribute band, think again. They play a range of covers and original music inspired by the music that encompassed Jerry Garcia’s roots. Their rip-snortin’ old time dance music has packed shows over capacity, and most important: they’re all about having FUN. 

    If you want to picture their live shows, picture this: a boot stompin’ dance party, where the crowd and band alike are kicking up the dust, making the party beg for more excitement. The Gerry Jarcia String Band is currently bringing this familiar scene to a multitude of venues in Central New York, and are expanding their radius to do weekend tours on the road this Summer. Wherever they go, their fans will follow, traveling out to share in another vivacious encounter. 

    The GJSB was born out of a Traditional Old-Time Music jam that Brian Vollmer organized, of which members Paul Koanui, James Pieszala, and Drew Gildea became regulars of, each month at a local bar. Their late night choices of songs leaned towards inspirations of the former banjo player and folk-singer Jerry Garcia and his acoustic related projects before and outside of the Grateful Dead. Brian offered these select musicians from the jam an opportunity for a short notice spot at a local festival and an after party, and they were able to organize an entire setlist in a day. The way the audience reacted to their traditional instruments and rock and roll vibe, solidified the project. 

    The response from press was immediate as well, with places like FLX Live saying they “[emphasize] the joy of bluegrass and [filter] it through traditionals and beyond, into arguably the greatest song book in America” and Brad from the crew of Originals saying they “[know] how to deliver a night of entertainment sure to keep your customers wanting more. The band will be back and so will their new fans.” Additionally, Mike Liberty from Ransom Steele says they are “one of [their] favorite new acts” because they “pack the house and bring their own brand of old time and roots dance music.” 

    The Gerry Jarcia String Band is an acoustic melange like none-other. All shows they’ve headlined thus far have been flooded with excitement. The music is timeless and the players are talented. Whether it means throwing in a tribute song, laughing about the state of the world, or even bringing in a caller for an impromptu mid-show square dance, they are above all else dedicated to keep their crowds smiling, legs shaking, and them toes tapping.

  • Electric Kif

    Electric Kif

    Jazz Funk

    ELECTRIC - having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement
    KIF - any agent [or music] capable of producing a euphoric condition

    "Hailing from Miami, Electric Kif and their undeniable spunk has caught the attention of music lovers through their execution of cosmic funk, rock, soul, and jazz. Their taste and talent bring an unparalleled energy and sound to the stage that inevitably creates a uniquely raw experience through every performance.” - Live for Live Music

    Electric Kif are a band who came together to perform music as an outlet in between sideman and session gigs with other artists ranging from Matt Scofield to Flo Rida…and many more in between. After a couple of years of hosting these well known jams in Miami, with numerous talented guest musicians joining them, the members realized their original music was taking its own form and getting a great response from those who heard it. They decided to write more, record again, and perform more of the KIF material. 

    The band come together creatively from very different backgrounds. Jason Matthews on keys proudly hails from Philadelphia, Rodrigo Zambrano on bass is from Mexico City, Eric Escances on guitar from is Grenoble & Bordeaux, France, and Armando Lopez on drums from Miami. Their training and experience combined was bound to generate something special…but their energy and dedication has taken Electric Kif to another level. Following a performance at one of the festivals, they looked at each other and knew Electric Kif was their calling. Fast forward to 2016… the band had new recordings under way, started playing outside of Miami, and shifted their focus to launch Electric Kif nationally.

    Armed with their latest EP, Heist, which was recorded, produced by the quartet in their home studio, and mixed at City Of Progress Studio in N. Miami, they are thrilled to release this music with distribution partners La Reserve Records ( “La Reserve is proud to have partnered with Electric Kif this year. As a new company focused on the music of tomorrow, sourcing and curating the most cutting edge arts from around the world - Electric Kif was a perfect fit with our vision” says Greg Mathews, founder of La Reserve.

    The Kif have performed with national acts such as Snarky Puppy, Kung Fu, The Main Squeeze, Naughty Professor, Stratosphere All-Stars, TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds, The Fritz, Progger, and Killiam Shakespeare, as well as South Florida’s finest Roosevelt Collier and The Heavy Pets through a series of deep south and northeast runs. With the start of 2017 they were honored to be invited to perform at the first annual Ground Up Festival, the Okeechobee Festival with Roosevelt Collier’s Allstar Band, to represent the best of Florida musicians at Orange Blossom Jamboree, to play the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival, and more. They will kick off their second national tour in June 2017, to support their latest release.

Funk 'n Waffles Presents

Gerry Jarcia+Electric Kif - FnW ROC

Fri Jul 13 2018 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Funk 'n Waffles Rochester Rochester NY
Gerry Jarcia+Electric Kif - FnW ROC
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$10 Ages 18+