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As many of you know, we have been working on our second album for quite some time. Well, it’s finally done and ready to be printed! We poured our hearts and souls into this album and we cannot wait to share it with you all. We have three shows we will be playing in celebration of the release of “Congratulations!”.
While we are overwhelmingly excited to share this album with you, we also have some somber news to share with you, our fans. As much as we are looking forward to playing to your smiling faces and putting this album in your hands, we ask that you come to these shows to bid farewell to Kevin and Joe. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our brothers, but life has a way of taking the wheel.
On January 5th Kevin and his fiancé Katie welcomed their first child, Ellis Raymond Mardirosian into the world. Starting a family takes considerable time and attention. It requires a focus and dedication that Kevin felt was not conducive to the traveling band lifestyle. Anyone who has seen or knows Fresh Hops personally knows that we value family, friendship and community above all else. We support him in his choice and respect his devotion to this beautiful child. Kevin was the reason this band started. His energy, his explosive drumming and his goofball personality have been the driving force behind this band since day one. His spirit has shaped the band into what it is today and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts.
We know you have all seen what Joe is up to. Joe Marcinek Band has been making moves in the last couple years. What started as a side project and creative outlet has blossomed into a force to be reckoned with in the jam community. In the last month alone they have welcomed guests from Snarky Puppy, String Cheese Incident, Particle and Dumpstaphunk. As 2017 is filling up fast for them, it is looking like 2018 and the years beyond can only get better. Joe came into this band early in the game. He immediately made his sonic imprint on it’s music. His compositional style and inventive musicality have pushed every member to their limits and to new heights. He has an amazing opportunity in his hands and the drive, talent and charisma to take full advantage of it. We wish him nothing but the best as he embarks on this new musical endeavor.
So please join us and show these gentlemen your love. It will be our last shows as this lineup and some of our only shows for the year.
Fresh Hops is a 4 piece original jam band from Northwest Indiana. The band formed in March 2008 as a musical improvisational outlet among friends. Now Fresh Hops has evolved into a captivating, high energy live act. The group has seen numerous line ups and instrumentations that have lead to an ecclectic mix of sounds and atmospheres. As writers and performers Fresh Hops constantly blurs the lines between genres and style, often during the course of a single song. That “anything goes” attitude has tranlated to a stage show that remains fresh and fun from show to show. The realization that jazz, classic soul, bluegrass, classical, metal and progressive jam rock can all shake hands and play nice has guided them to create remarkable tunes from an ever-expanding palette.