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NEW PURPOSE DRIVEN JAKE ALLEN RELEASE AVAILABLE NOW: In 1988 my father, Allen Bondar, wrote and recorded a rock song about mankind’s transgressions against Mother Nature. The song, “Mom,” was a male/female duet with the female being Mother Nature herself and the male being a spectator of the destruction. Many people connected with the song including myself. One fan even wrote a Broadway inspired screenplay around the song catering to its theatrical nature. I always wanted to record and produce my own version of “Mom” so this year I decided it was time. Dharma Record’s artist Penny Jean joined me on the track singing the part of Mother Nature. With Dharma Record’s support I have released this song on all major online music retailing sites. All of the proceeds from the downloads of “Mom” will be donated to Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a Michigan based environmental restoration non-profit organization. They specialize in cloning, planting and preserving old growth trees all around the world. Learn more about them at: www.ancienttreearchive.org Please click on the photo below to download the song from iTunes and make a positive impact on our planet by helping our important old growth forests thrive for generations to come. Thank you for the support, -Jake
Today, my team and I launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to create a studio in Northern Michigan where the next Jake Allen album, the debut Cookies album (the funky dance band I play drums in) and many projects from our musicians here in Northern Michigan will be recorded. We have some great incentives we are offering to you for donating to this campaign including house concerts, guitar lessons from myself and even songs written to you from me about any topic you want. Click on the picture below to go to the campaign page and learn more.
WOW, NAMM was awesome. I got to play with, chat with and open for some of my favorite artists in the music industry. I send out a huge thank you to Fender Guitars for bringing me out and giving me the honor of showing off the new and amazing Fender Custom Shop Acoustics. Click on the pic below to see a few photos from NAMM and my trip out west.
Happy new year folks. This is my favorite time of year. It has become a tradition for me to venture to CA and play the NAMM show the last few years and doing so always brings great things into my life. I'll be heading out on Tuesday and stopping in Arizona to play for my friends and fans in the valley too... and who could forget San Diego. Click the pic for all the details and check out the tour section for more info too.
Hello friends, sorry it has been a bit since my last news post. I've been busy in "the lab" and with other musical side projects here in Michigan where I have been residing since the beginning of the summer. Since my last post I am officially a harpist... in self training. I am deeply enjoying picking up this new instrument and translating what's inside in a new way. Video samples to come.
In other news, I will be heading out west in January to play shows in Scottsdale, San Diego and at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. I will be there showing off a new line of beautiful acoustic guitars from the Fender Custom Shop so if you are heading to NAMM yourself make sure to come up to the third floor and say hi! Check out the tour page for the details on all of these shows.
New Takamine newsletter video.
I'll be in So Cal for an event with Fender guitars next week. Of course I can't leave San Diego hangin! One night only at one of my favorite venues in town. Click the photo to RSVP on facebook.
Hey MI friends, do you have kids or friends in grades 6-12 who are into music/performing?? This summer I am going to be teaching advanced guitar workshops at a music camp for kids in the Traverse City area known as SEEDS School of Rock! Other musicians teaching include Seth Bernard, May Elerwine, Brennan Andes (Macpodz), Graham Parsons (Go Rounds) and many more. This will be a great opportunity for the youth to learn the ins and outs of every aspect of being a professional musician. Click the Seeds logo for more information on attending SEEDS School of Rock!
What an outstanding trip to California. Every time I come over there you guys make me want to stay! Thanks to all who came out to the shows. Here are a few photos from the eventful week.
Performing U-T San Diego's Night + Day TV show
Playing some songs for Feildy from Korn and his family
Jimmy Loves, Downtown SD, 4/30/13
This year I will begin playing an instrument that I have been drawn to for a very long time. I'm excited to announce that Rees Harp Company out of Rising Sun, Indiana is going to be teaming up with me on my musical journey and building me a custom 34 string harp! They are really good people and their harps are played by many world class harpists. I am so grateful for their interest in seeing what I will do with the harp. I'm going to have some serious work to dive into but I hope to come out if integrating unique techniques of playing and shining a new light on this incredible instrument. Check out their products at www.reesharps.com
Candyrat Records, who have presented artists like Andy McKee, Antoine Dufuor and many other great musicians, is now distributing and
promoting both "Etherica" and "The Hollow Sound of Melody" DVD. Very exciting stuff.
They just posted the track "Open Space" from the DVD on their YouTube and it is being
introduced to their 240,000 subscribers. Both the CD and DVD are now for
sale at Candyrat.com
Thank you Seth, May and the Earthwork Team for the Kudos here and the opportunity to help out a group of remarkable human begins who are doing amazing things for the Michigan music scene. Of course we all send out a huge thank you to Gretsch Guitars for collaborating with us and making the Gretsch Cafe a reality at the Harvest Gathering.
NAMM show is all wrapped up. I had a great time rockin the Takamine booth and showing off the new Pro Series. Really impressed with those things Here is pretty cool video of an impromptu set I played down in San Diego during my visit. Be back in CA in March for some more dates TBA soon.
Takamine Booth NAMM 2013
"The Hollow Sound of Melody" DVD release party turned out to be an amazing night of fun with fans, family and friends! Thank you all who came out and celebrated the gift of music with us. Also, congratulations to James Walker, winner of the Gretsch OK Go guitar and Logan Moore, winner of the Takamine G340 acoustic guitar. A big thanks to my sister Lexi for joining us on stage, Dharma Records for helping us with equipment and duplication and Bob Hughes from Bob Hughes Studios for selflessly devoting himself to compiling our live DVD in time for the show. Click on the picture below to see highlighted moments from the evening captured by Danielle Gadberry from Bang!Bang! Photography.
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Some very special news... Takamine and Gretsch are sponsoring the "Hollow Sound of Melody" DVD release party in Grayling, MI on Dec 23rd and they are each donating a guitar to be raffled off at the event. First off Takamine guitars is giving us a brand new G340 acoustic guitar and it could be yours with the purchase of raffle ticket!
Gretsch is sending over a very special guitar used in OK Go's famous commercial made for Chevy which was aired during the 2011 super bowl. The footage was also used for their music video for "Needing/Getting." Check out this clever video here: http://www.gretschguitars.com/features/okgo
The black Gretsch® Corvette guitar is direct from the video shoot with all the dirt, the special two string set up, and even the cable used to plug them in for the big guitar section of the video. The winner of the raffle at the Jake Allen Band DVD Release Party will receive the guitar, cable, and a framed serialized certificate of authenticity signed by the band members of OK Go. We are also throwing in a pack of Gretsch guitar strings if you choose to string it up and play it. Don't miss your chance to win one of these instruments Dec 23rd at the Ole Barn in Grayling, MI. RSVP for the event here https://www.facebook.com/events/388043337938560/
"In September of 2012 Jake Allen and his band set up their gear inside a recording studio in Traverse City, MI and performed Jake's newest record "Etherica" in it's entirety with a seven piece band line up and a video crew there to document the performance. The result, a high def audio/video exhibition of a powerful musical message, delivered by a group of young awakened musicians. "The Hollow Sound of Melody" will be showed publicly for the first time at the Ole Barn in Allen's hometown of Grayling, MI. Following the showing of the film will be multiple live sets from the Jake Allen Band themselves. A limited number of first run DVDs will be available for purchase at the show.
HUGE Thank you to all of the people who attended the Jake Allen Band shows and sets this summer. I'm so grateful for your support and our musical connection. Also a big thanks to the festival staff from Bliss, Farm, Hoxey, Harvest and Rootenanny. We had a great time performing at the festivals and we are excited to put on an even better show for you next year! -Jake