Blackberry Jam is an urban alternative band formed in the late fall of 96. The band has emerged as one of the more eclectic units around by playing and often times merging raw heavy rock and chill-out soul together. Originating in Indianapolis, Indiana…the band’s nucleus consist of founding member/ bassist Ron “Poncho” Hedrick, lead singer Jumbo Shrimp, Brian Weir Harden on guitar, Jerry Gates on drums, and Sean “Solar Power” Hedrick as MC extraordinaire/back-up vox/ rhythmatic elements, and recently added Joe Burton on percussionand sound enhancement. BBJ is committed to presenting a whole new sound based on the diverse attitude the band brings to their music and live shows. The group whose line-up consist of talented multi-genre music lovers… proves the unique sound as well as style of Blackberry Jam is intentional.
BBJ has compiled a pretty strong resume along the way by being the only band from Indianapolis, IN to open for top funk and soul acts such as: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Van Hunt, Here Come The Mummies, and Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign(throw-back legendary funk and soul band from Indianapolis, IN). Noted music festivals Blackberry Jam has played at are: The King of The Skate Park (an all day BMX and Skateboard/music festival held at the Major Taylor Velodrome complex in Indianapolis,IN) which was organized by BBJ band member Sean “Solar Power” Hedrick, The Midwest Music Summit, and back in Oct 2008 in the beautiful landscape of Deerfields Mills River, NC the band performed at the Loki Festival which included: The Roots, JJ Grey And Mofro, Toots & The Maytals, Cake, George Clinton, and countless other notable acts. BBJ’s many urban channels put them in a class of very few. They have played many venues ranging from live music bars to cozy clubs all the way up to large college universities.
Not a lot of bands are able to touch as many different people and diverse crowds the way BBJ can. The members of the band are good spiritual minded people who believe in pure music. Through dedication and love for the urban music scene local to world-wide…Blackberry Jam’s only alternative is to stay committed to providing its power and finesse to an already great culture.
*Chocolate George just finished recording a new album “Willie’s Makin’ Pork Chops!” featuring Willie Waldman on trumpet .
Produced by Dave Aron(Prince, Snoop Dogg, Sublime…Co-produced by Willie Waldman(Banyan,Willie Waldman Project,Snoop Dopp..) at Hollywood Way Studios. Other great artists are also featured on the album, so check it out. It is available for download at Chocolate George’s Reverbnation Store! THE ALBUM-WILLIE’S MAKIN’ PORKCHOPS-Soon Available On MEMPHODELIA/SONY INTERNATIONAL.
Chocolate George began singing in choirs in grade school and soon fell in love with music and performing. Then at the age of seventeen He found Blues music and started sneaking into jams in Downtown Indianapolis. His first real group “Fancy Lizards’ started in August of 1991 and disbanded in 1998 after releasing three recordings and playing over one thousand shows.Other Groups Chocolate George has played with include The Chocolate George band, The Motherheads, Little Sky Giant and Solar Howard. So far Chocolate George has shared the stage with quite a few notable bands and musicians including Merle Saunders, Jefferson Starship, Todd Snider,Dave A’Bear(JGB),Herman Green,Jon Avilla, The Why Store and The Willie Waldman Project.
With exceptional lyrics and danceable grooves, Chocolate George is poised to become one of your new favorites!
Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy the music!
Bullet Proof Soul Band
The Bulletproof Soulband has been changing the World of music for close to a decade with it relentless and timeless funky jazzy grooves. Naptown (Indpls) as its homebase each individual member has traveled to Globe working on their craft with several National touring Artist. With a strong emphasis on funk and Jazz improv lead by D.roq on trumpet vocals and keyboards BPS has been at the forfront of making Music that uplifts your Soul…If you’ve never had a life changing musical experience now is your chance to make your Soul Bulletproof…