Suzanne Kraft & Jack J (of Pender Street Steppers) – w/ DJs Jason Urick & Austin Tretwold – 21+

Ages 21 and up
Thursday, June 22
Doors: 8pm

Jack J (Jack Jutson) of Mood Hut and Pender Street Steppers fame and Suzanne Kraft (real name Diego Herrera) will tour the west coast of North America in late June and early July. Last year, Jack J expanded the scope of his artistry with Opening The Door, an album encompassing bittersweet and chilled pop rock, dub, ambient recalling ’80s John Martyn, Arthur Russell, all the good stuff. A unique record in Jack’s catalogue, Opening The Door represented new terrain for a beloved artist, known for underground hits like “Thirstin'” as well as DJ and studio exploits as one-half of Pender Street Steppers and a core member of the Mood Hut collective. Now, he’ll perform the new songs live with a three-piece band for the first time. 

Suzanne Kraft has been on a parallel path over the past few years, following the release of his 2021 full-length About You, a record of exquisite shoegaze/dream pop songs adding to a nuanced discography spanning from avant garde minimalism to club bangers. This new, guitar-driven direction flourished on a 2022 nationwide tour with Cut Copy, as well as a live appearance at Dekmantel in Amsterdam. Now a seasoned live unit including guitarist John Jones (AV Moves, Geo Rip), bassist Scott Gilmore (a solo artist in his own right with released on International Feel and Crammed Discs) and drummer Colin Blanton (Brin, George Clanton), the band is out on the road again in support of a new 7-inch, Sometimes, with more recordings on the way.

Jack J and Suzanne Kraft are old friends, with a shared background in west coast experimental dance music, DJing and, now, song-based forms. The tour will start in the Pacific Northwest, bookended by live shows and DJ sets in Jack’s hometown Vancouver as well as Herrera’s hometown in LA. Herrera and Jutson have shared similar music philosophies over the years, a live tour being a natural step for two vital, like minded artists.

with local support from DJs Jason Urick & Austin Tretwold (Incidental Music / Galaxy My Dear)!

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