Jumpin' Jupiter and The Grandsons

Jumpin' Jupiter, long hailed by many as one of Virginia's premiere rockin' and rollin' rockabilly outfits, landed in the Falls Church area sometime in the summer of '92. Since then, they have played from N.Y.C. to North Carolina, unleashing some of the most powerful and energetic performances ever seen on the East Coast! This four-piece outfit has pulled up rock + roll by its roots and propelled it far into orbit with fuel to spare! Louie Newmeyer (Rockville, MD) on upright bass and Doug Hoekstra (San Antonio, TX) on drums lay down a solid rhythm that'll make any average human get to slammin', swingin', or just fhufflin' around the room. Guitarist Patrick Cavanaugh flies his twangin' Telecaster in and out and all around that crazy beat with the force of a runaway locomotive. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Patrick has played along-side such local favorites as Billy Hancock, Johnny Seaton and the legendary Danny Gatton. The band is fronted by Jay Jenc (Washington, D.C.) who delivers some of the most sincere yet frantically kinetic vocals ever witnessed. Whether playing at a backyard bar-b-que or with some national act in a great big fancy club, these stripped-down, psychobilly cowpunks have found a home here on Earth. A home in the hearts of all of those folks out there who haven't forgotten how much fun good ol' American music is, even when you're not paying attention! Things are going great for roots rock quartet The Grandsons as they move and shake into their 32nd year in the world of rock and roll. Recently, the group released their first ever holiday EP, “Christmas with The Grandsons,” and last year they released their first kids’ record under the name “the grandsons, Jr.” The kids’ album, “One Big Orooni” won critical praise from the Washington Post, and one of the songs has been in regular rotation on the SiriusXM show Kids’ Place Live. The roots rock quartet has performed extensively throughout the US, and has even toured internationally in Germany, France, Canada, Taiwan, and the British & US Virgin Islands. And in 2012, the band received an Arts Envoy grant from the State Department to perform for a week in El Salvador. A fan aptly described The Grandsons exuberant sound as “American music in a blender with the lid off.” The more prominent elements in this eclectic whirlpool are New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing and country two steps. The Grandsons bring with them a pawn shop of instruments. Vocalist-guitarist-trumpeter Alan MacEwen charms audiences with his sly wit and winsome original songs; DC blues veteran Matthew Sedgley locks in the groove on drums and percussion. Saxophonist-accordionist Chris Watling puts out a sound so meaty and memorable that he is in demand all over as a guest artist and session player. The Grandsons employ first-call bassists to hold down the low end, including Moe Nelson (Hula Monsters, Dan Hicks), John Young (Spottiswoode & His Enemies), Eric Bowers (Bombpop, I Like Dinner), Jim Faris (Jelly Roll Mortals, Charlie Chesterman), and Steve Sachse (Lloyd Price, Ben E King, Jerry Butler). The Grandsons’ popularity with so many different audiences has landed them on bills with national acts such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Huey Lewis & the News, the Iguanas, Terrance Simien, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marcia Ball, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Paul Cebar & The Milwaukeeans, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Mighty Blue Kings, and Royal Crown Review. In the studio, the band has backed R&B legend Ruth Brown, Lester Chambers and Texas’ Evan Johns for nationally distributed compilations. Based in Washington, DC, The Grandsons travel to perform in New York, Texas, and every state in between. In the Summer of 1999, the Grandsons made their first overseas performance; they were invited to play a three-week engagement in Taipei, Taiwan. The group has performed sold-out shows at the Barns of Wolf Trap, appeared at Austin’s South by Southwest music Festival, The Rocky Gap Festival, The Bethlehem PA Musikfest, The Kennedy Center, and North Carolina’s popular Black Mountain Festival and Bele Chere Festival, both in Asheville. The Washington Area Music Association has awarded The Grandsons several WAMMIEs since the band started in 1986, in categories such as Artist of the Year, Best Roots Rock Group, Best Roots Rock Recording, Best Album Design, and Best Pop Group. No wonder the Washington Post called The Grandsons “the hardest working band in DC.”



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