Catching Up With Jack + Jill
By Greg Hartman
Jack + Jill were on our May cover to announce the arrival of festival season in the Grand Valley. As one of the most popular and successful groups in the region, it was only a matter of time before they were featured, but the cover didn’t match up with a focused story. The band had previously been covered in Grand Valley Magazine heading up to a series of shows in South by Southwest and the release of their Coloradio LP, which can be found in our 2015 online archives. Here is a brief history from that article:
“Jack and Jill, alter egos of Aaron and Jessica Seibert, have been a musical mainstay in the Grand Valley and surrounding states for over 6 years. The duo started as a spin off of a larger band, and the husband and wife team found enough success to strike out on their own. Their blend of hard guitar rock and electric violin has won them many devoted fans and their J+J logo is a common sight in the Grand Valley.”
Since that article, though, some things have changed and that number of years has hit 9. They had just added long term drummer and music wizard behind Fusion Audio Solutions, Taylor Riley. At that time they did not have a bassist, but have now settled on Haven Effect front man Shawn Hoyt. They are also rotating in Jake Cram on drums for smaller shows and on auxiliary percussion for larger venues. His “smaller show” drum set is a sight to behold, it is literally a small child’s set of drums that he plays with drums sticks that look more appropriate for eating sushi.
There is also another incarnation of the group, the Jack and Jill Family Band, featuring their son and daughter picking up instruments and vocals. They have played a few library shows and are planning a mini tour for kid friendly audiences. Their recent full band shows have spanned venues large and small, from Warehouse 2565 to the parking lot of the central Mesa County Library. Some had noticed the band taking a step back last year, but after some recovery time they are back to playing big.
Jack + Jill are working on remastering some of their previous three albums for a best of collection later this year, along with three new songs. The album will be called “The Best So Far” and is something they have wanted to do since their first two albums have become scarce finds. Additionally, they have recorded a new “smash up” of two popular songs to benefit suicide awareness. As soon as some legal hurdles with the original artists are cleared, expect the song to be released as a video.
Lastly, Aaron has continued to help with the Local Jam festival. Last year, he and other founders had to step back due to time constraints and turned the reigns over sound guy Dave Brewer, graphic artist/ GVL publisher Jeff Steele and GVL editor Greg Hartman. (Yes, this is a shameless plug). He couldn’t stay away long from the festival he helped build, and has been the primary force booking bands for 2017 and 2018.
You can catch Jack + Jill at the July 3rd post fireworks show at Cruisers, Saturday July 28th at the Mesa County Fair, and August 12th at Edgewater Brewery for Local Jam. Follow them on Facebook @jackplusjillband to keep track of additional shows and release dates.