JACKSON–Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers will make a sprightly young groove doctor out of anyone, according to the colorful website description of their music and their mission. With spectacular energy pulsating from every member of the band, The Rainbow Seekers could illuminate the very chambers of Heaven and soon will be lighting up Weatherwax Hall in downtown Jackson.
As part of the increasingly popular Jackson Symphony Orchestra “Affinity Series”, this enthusiastic group of musicians will bring their unique style to The Wax, 215 W. Michigan, on Thursday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Lead singer and Amish excommunicate Joe Hertler splashes through lyrical “puddles of golden rain,” as he puts it. It is truly a “feel good” ride, taking the audience across the mountains of Motown, through the fjords of folk, over the archipelagos of Americana, and—at last—into a funky firth.
The group began their quest beneath the fingertips of songwriter Hertler. Bassist and producer Kevin Pritchard discovered Hertler and wrangled him into a musical collaboration. With Hertler came blues guitarist Ryan Hoger. The core of The Rainbow Seekers was established and it didn’t take long to expand. Soon they were joined by multi-instrumentalist and percussionist Micah Bracken, saxophonist Aaron Stinson and violinist Joshua Barber.
Seeking the proverbial Rainbow is all about live performance for this band.
“The live show is the purpose of the band. This is why we make music. Playing music is a symbolic process and without a crowd it is just a bunch of guys jamming,” says Hertler. “We believe that live performance is a High Art operation and that you should do anything you can to ensure that the crowd is having a good time,” he adds.
JSO’s “Affinity Series” began in March 2014 and has managed to bring both emerging artists and seasoned professionals from all genre of music to the stage at of The Wax, giving audience members from as far away as Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio a chance to experience an up close and intimate music experience with artists that usually perform in much larger metropolitan areas.
These artists are booked as they touring through the tri-state areas and often before or after appearing in Detroit, Chicago or even on national television such as The Suffers who appeared in Jackson just days after appearing on Late Night with David Letterman last in April. These exceptional music experiences are enhancing the music scene of downtown Jackson and making it’s a true live music destination.
For more information and tickets call the JSO Box Office at 517-782-3221 ext. 118 or visit www.jacksonsymphony.org. Door open at 7:30 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. Wine and beer cash bar is available.