Pigeons Playing Ping Pong headlined the Hot August Music Festival on Saturday night at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland near their home base of Baltimore. PPPP would welcome fellow Baltimore musician and former The Bridge frontman Cris Jacobs for The Bridge original “Super Funk Regulator Robot Step Squad and Double Dutch Team.”
Anyone who has gotten to see Cris Jacobs play live or knows about him and his musical influence, knows that Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead are major influences. Some of us local residents were lucky enough to catch him at the beginning of August at MECU Pavillion in Baltimore and saw magic made.
What better way to spend the first night in August AND Jerry Garcia’s birthday, than with Baltimore’s own Cris Jacobs and Greensky Bluegrass at MECU Pavilion? I have had the pleasure of watching Cris Jacobs and his band perform for several years here in Baltimore, including here at MECU Pavilion opening for The Avett Brothers 3 years ago, and this was definitely a highlight performance!
Members of Greensky Bluegrass and Cris Jacobs Band have never hidden their love of the Grateful Dead as both groups often perform songs written by Jerry Garcia and company. So it was only fitting the two acts would collaborate on three Jerry/Grateful Dead classics for their encore on Thursday night at MECU Pavilion in Baltimore on Garcia’s birthday.
We at Grateful Music are super excited to take our “festivacation” this weekend on Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia for the inaugural 4848 Festival. We told you about the details on the diverse lineup, special accommodations, unique events and more through our interview with All Good founder Tim Walther back in May. One of the bands we are most anticipating seeing live on the mountain is Cris Jacobs Band, the dynamic Baltimore-based bluesy-meets-cosmic-country band that is quickly emerging as a must-see act. We took a minute to catch up with Cris to talk 4848, the recent Mike Gordon sit-in, his new album, and more.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Cris Jacobs got properly immersed in the High Sierra scene for the first time in 2018. This year, the 41-year-old Baltimore, Maryland, native who dabbles in a mélange of alt-country, roots, and Americana music, is back, and is set to perform with his band (in support of “Color Where You Are,” released April 2019 on the Blue Rose Music label) and with several other batches of musicians at High Sierra. That is after he finishes up a week of shows hopscotching the country with Phil Lesh and Friends. Grateful Web recently caught up with Jacobs to discuss High Sierra.
Cris Jacobs brought his engaging vocal and guitar-playing skills to The Mint in Los Angeles on June 5, 2019, as part of a tour through the United States, celebrating the release of his new solo album Color Where You Are (4/12/19). The crowd at The Mint enjoyed a set of hard-charging blues, soul, rock and Americana tunes, including several cuts from the new album.
Color Where You Are. Released April 12 via Blue Rose Music, Color Where You Are follows Jacobs’ brand of rock, Americana, and soul through the next steps of his life; coming off of a few years of extensive touring, learning to recognize the current political climate and its divisive nature, and most importantly, becoming a husband and a father. Jacobs and band members Todd Herrington (bass), Dusty Ray Simmons (drums/percussion), and Jonathan Sloane (guitar) self-produced Color Where You Are together, piecing together songs that Jacobs found time to write “between tours, coming home, changing diapers, fixing things around the house… whenever I could."
On Color Where You Are, Cris Jacobs cooks up a funky, groove-filled, soulful country stew. Owing as much to the psychedelia of the Grateful Dead and the Southern Rock of Little Feat as any traditional country act, Jacobs brings the best part of a jamband sensibility to his compositions. They feel organic, they breathe, they’re well-paced. Jacobs works well with his band, and together they really make the music feel alive. Jacobs stands out, though, as he plays lead guitar and sings lead vocals.
Today, Cris Jacobs releases his acclaimed new album Color Where You Are via Blue Rose Music. After years of extensive touring with diverse acts like Greensky Bluegrass and JJ Grey, as well as bigger headliners like Sturgill Simpson and Steve Winwood, Color Where You Are weaves Jacobs’ soulful, signature blend of rock and Americana with lyrics that illustrate Jacobs’ new place in life, personally and professionally.