Grand Junction’s Jack+Jill aims to start a new musical tradition — Local Jam
JACK+JILL IN IT TO WIN IT
Grand Junction-based indie band, Jack+Jill, are among those competing in the final round of Bandwagon 5’s battle of the bands at Reserve Casino and Hotel in Central City, Colo. The event is May 17, and a $10,000 prize (with studio time and a magazine spread) at stake.
“We’re in the top six,” Jack+Jill co-founder Aaron Seibert said. “Whooohooo. I want this so bad.”
Other band members include Aaron’s wife Jessica, Cory Roberts and Jake Cram, all of Mesa County.
According to the band, they need local supporters to come out and cheer them on later this month at the finals. Votes for the winner are collected on site, plus a ticket can be purchased from the band at the venue for a double vote. Room discounts are available through a discount code — BATTL14.
“It’s going to be a tough competition,” Aaron said, with the other bands hailing from the Front Range. “Lots of folks will be showing up.”
— Caitlin Row, Free Press community editor
When Aaron and Jessica Seibert of local indie band, Jack+Jill, heard Mesa County’s annual Rock Jam wasn’t happening this summer, they wanted to create something new. Tentatively calling it Jack+Jill Local Jam, Aaron said their vision for a fresh music festival will be centered around artists unique to Mesa County.
“All local bands, all local vendors … Everything has to be local,” Aaron explained. “We’re looking for anyone and everyone that wants to be involved.”
Rock Jam 2014 was recently canceled due to being taken over by the Loudwire Music Festival team, with plans to reinvent the annual August event — returning to Mesa County in 2015 as Loudwire Music Festival at the Jam Ranch.
“It became obvious we needed to make some changes to the Rock Jam brand in order to bring you the best experience possible,” a recent post to Rock Jam’s Facebook page said. “For that reason, we have decided to retire the Rock Jam brand.”
Dates for the Seiberts’ proposed Local Jam event are not yet finalized and the couple is searching for a venue.
“It’s not going to be Rock Jam weekend,” Aaron added.
Although Jack+Jill will manage Local Jam this year, Aaron noted they’re hoping other local bands may want to host it in coming years.
“I posted our idea on Facebook, and we got literally hundreds of responses — likes, comments and personal messages,” he added. “There was a lot of response in support.”
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