Hunter & The Dirty Jacks performed their first “Service Your Soul” residency at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica Jan. 8. The residency, which is intended to combine good music with helping out the community, will be a weekly event held every Tuesday.
Proceeds from the cover charge for the blues, soul and rock and roll band’s shows will go to the non-profit charities Feed Your Soul and the Magic Music Foundation. Attendees can also bring two non-perishable food items or musical instruments to be donated at the door in lieu of the cover charge. Additional donations are also welcome.
All of the proceeds go to feeding the hungry, the homeless and teaching music to homeless and foster children. The band will be back on Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22, and 29 at Harvelle’s blues club, 1432 Fourth St., Santa Monica.
“There are 250,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, by far the most in the U.S., and 30,000 alone in Santa Monica. This is our chance to rise up as a concerned community and help the underprivileged among us,” said band member and co-founder Jon Siembieda. “And while we’re doing that, we’re going to turn it into a blues, soul and rock and roll jubilee. So come on out; we’re all in this together.”
Hunter & The Dirty Jacks band members are Siembieda on guitar; Hunter Ackerman, a Playa del Rey resident who performs lead vocals and guitar; Sean Soto, lead guitar and vocals; Brian Lara on drums; and Aaron Barnes on bass. The band formed in July 2012.
“The name came about because the bass player’s brother showed us a cocktail that was basically a Jack (Daniels) and Coke with a splash of Chambord, and it tasted like a Cherry Coke. He called it a Dirty Jack. We had a one-off gig in July, and needed a name, so we called ourselves the Dirty Jacks. A portion of Dirty Jack drink sales at the residency will also go to the charities,” said Siembieda.
The band comprises a cast of Los Angeles and Orange County-area musicians who have been playing locally and regionally for over 10 years apiece. They’ve been described by music aficionados as putting forth an extremely high energy, emotionally compelling performance, coupled with a rare combination of soulful originals and tasty covers.
The sound is rock and roll with a “bluesy edge,” a la the Black Keys, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes and Jet, according to band members. They debuted at the House of Blues Sunset Strip on Sept. 29 to a resounding success.
Information, (310) 395-1676, or www.hunterandthedirtyjacks.com