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Rockin’ Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters,WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Jake has conjured up this formula that is blowing crowds away from coast to coast. Widely known as a touring juggernaut among his peers, his schedule of over 200 performances per year include clubs, concert venues, and festivals.
Based out of New Orleans since 1990, Rockin’ Jake relocated since being flooded out by Hurricane Katrina, then settled in St. Louis and now lives in Southern Florida.Originally from the East Coast, the “blues bug” bit at an early age for Jake. He immersed himself in the thriving regional blues scene, which boasted such talents as Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard and Sugar Ray. Primarily self-taught, Jake briefly studied with Jerry Portnoy, harmonica player for Muddy Waters.
In 1990, when Jake moved to New Orleans where he began to work with such notable New Orleans mainstays as: blues diva Marva Wright, Mem Shannon, Coco Robicheaux, Little Freddie King, Tommy Ridgley, Eddie Bo and other local legends. During this time Jake also toured nationally with G. Love & Special Sauce, blues and pop legend Maria Muldaur as well as logging international miles with bluesman T.J, Wheeler. He was selected to perform in an all-star band featuring blues legends Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin at the Howlin’ Wolf.
In 1995 he formed the Rockin’ Jake Band as an outlet for his original music and his unique swampy sounds. One year later Jake recorded his debut CD, “Let’s Go Get ‘Em” (on Rabadash Records) which earned him national recognition. In 1999 Jake produced “Badmouth”, on Zuluzu records followed by “Full-Time Work” in 2002 on the same label. It included an all-star cast of musicians such as John Gros (Papa Grows Funk), Ron Johnson (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Bryan Stoltz (the funky Meters), Ben Ellman and Theryl “Houseman” de Clouet (Galactic). In the spring of 2004 he recorded his band’s first live cd. Over four days in Key West, Florida at the Green Parrot, he and his band recorded 5 p.m. Breakfast on Zuluzu records. Jake’s work has also been heard on the soundtrack of “The Big Easy” television series, the theme for the “Mike Ditka Show, ” and a Miller Beer commercial. In 2010, Rockin’ Jake became an official BBQ judge for the Kansas City Barbque Society!
He is a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine’s coveted Best of the Beat award for best harmonica player. Jake is truly a hard working musician with extraordinary talent. He and his band pour out their souls in every performance with high energy and electricity which consistently brings the audience to their feet. In his spare time Jake managed to snare some culinary kudos in New Orleans, taking the trophy for “Best Barbequed Brisket” at the 1999 New Orleans Musicians Barbeque Competition, and launching his own line of signature hot sauce: “Badmouth” (the edible version)…”man it’s hot!”…just like the band! Jake also takes time to give back to his New Orleans community with Project Prodigy Music Camp for children as well as the Blues in the Schools programs in New Orleans and other cities in the US.
Join us at the OM Bar on St. Patrick’s Day as we celebrate the Irish in all of us with great live Irish music all day long. And don’t forget the FREE*, yes we said it, FREE Corned Beef & Cabbage and all the trimmings beginning at 1pm and going all day, while it lasts. So whether its green beer you are looking for, or the best homemade corned beef in town, or a proper pint of Guinness this St Patrick’s Day; put your green on and come do a jig with us!
* Corned Beef is free with drink purchase.
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials return to the OM Bar & Chill Lounge, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Doors open 7pm, Show 9pm. 21+Over with ID. Tickets on sale now via Ticket River.
Congratulations to Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials for their 2013 Blues Music Awards nomination for Band of The Year and to Lil’ Ed for his nomination for Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year!
CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS AT OM
FAT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2013
Join us at the OM Bar for the 6th Annual Krewe d’ Buddha Mardi Gras Celebration! We have an awesome night of Fat Tuesday revelry planned for you:
Plus lots of suprises all night, hurricane drink specials AND special OM Bar beads given out only in front of the OM Bar during the parade. As they say in NAWLINS “Laisse le Bon Temps Rouler or “Let the Good Times Roll”!
Celebrate Groundhog OOOPS we mean Woodchuck Day, Saturday, February 2 at the OM Bar all day.
Since 1887, Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow on Gobblers Know and he predicts the end of winter. If Phil sees his shadow it means six more weeks of Winter. This year raise a pint of Woodchuck Hard Cider and celebrate wtih us! 11AM to 7PM its Buy 1 – Get 1 on all four Woodchuck Ciders on Draft at OM: Private Reserve, Amber, Pear and Spring Seasonal. Plus each drink purchased earns an entry into a drawing to win a Woodchuck Cider Mini-Fridge!
From 5PM to 7PM there are more fun and games AND PRIZES with our Wood Chucking Contest, Woodchuck Relay Race and Quadruple Drawing Entries. Plus all day and night long win shirts, pint glasses and other cool Woodchuck Swag by “ROSHAMBO-ing” (Rock/Paper/Scissors) for prizes.
The OM Bar & Chill Lounge will be celebrating its 6 year anniversary on Thursday, January 31, 2013 and we are throwing a party in honor of all of our wonderful friends and customers that have supported us throughout the last 6 years. So come out and celebrate 6 wonderful years with us and 4 time Grammy Winner Trae Pierce featuring T-Stone, starting at 9pm with bonus music videos of some of the bands who have played throughout the years and photo sideshows of some of our favorite moments!