Tickets: $17 Advance / $20 Day of Show
Four years after going on hiatus, Jimkata is back with a renewed sense of purpose and an extraordinary new album. Recorded in Syracuse with producer Jason Randall, Bonfires finds the trio digging deep and stretching their boundaries with bold, intoxicating arrangements fueled by swirling synthesizers and anthemic hooks. The songs here are at once modern and classic, blurring the lines between the organic and the electronic as they reckon with doubt, struggle, and perseverance in a search for truth and meaning. Like much of Jimkata’s catalog, Bonfires delivers transcendence in tight, dancefloor-ready packages, but there’s a sense of freedom at play that pushes the trio’s performances to new emotional heights, a kind of liberation that can only come from learning to let go of expectation and embrace the moment.
“I think the time away brought us all more maturity, more patience, an ability to see the bigger picture,” says singer/guitarist Evan Friedell. “We all gained a lot of perspective on life and the value of being in a band together.”
Indeed, the heart and soul of Jimkata has always been the enduring bonds between Friedell and his longtime bandmates, guitarist/keyboardist Aaron Gorsch and drummer Packy Lunn. Pals since middle school, the three launched Jimkata in 2005 while attending Ithaca College, where they quickly found an audience for their relentlessly feel-good performances, which grew from local house parties to club, theater, and festival dates on the strength of a series of critically acclaimed albums. Popdose hailed the band’s “bubbly sweetness,” while American Songwriter praised their “organic chemistry,” and Relix raved that the trio’s sound “proves that rock-based music still has a place in the world of four-on-the-floor beats.”
Formed in 2015 by Will Hanza as a musical collective that pushed creative freedom, Escaper is a space rock dance band based in New York City. The band is known for their sci-fi dance parties that mingle with progressive psych-rock. Defined as “one who breaks free from confinement,” Escaper’s lush and complex music knows no bounds. The quartet builds intricate tracks using layer upon layer of harmonious soundscapes, transporting the listeners on an auditory journey. Highlighted by the synergy between Hanza (guitar, vocals) and keyboardist Phil Kadet, Escaper’s live performances are equally stunning, delivering dazzling improvisation alongside moving lyrics.
A Ropeadope Records artist since 2016, Escaper has welcomed sit-ins by members of many notable bands, including the Disco Biscuits, Brazilian Girls, Thievery Corporation, Rubblebucket, Twiddle, Dopapod, Cabinet, Turkuaz and more. They have shared bills with the likes of Jon Fishman (Phish), Karl Denson, and many other top performers.