Jack Symes
The Hi Hat & What The Sound Present

Jack Symes

Gregory Ackerman

Ages 21+
Jack Symes, Gregory Ackerman and A.O. Gerber @ The Hi Hat in Highland Park, Los Angeles.

Jack Symes: Meet singer-songwriter, Jack Symes. A young, promising artist with a sound and writing style inspired by and reminiscent of the foregoing and forthcoming generations of American Folk. A songwriter with a scope for all things relatable, Symes has engulfed his listeners with fables and life experiences all too familiar. From sadness to a thoughtful levity, his performance will have you in tears one moment, laughter in the another and climactically, reflective in thought the next.

Born and raised in Pasadena, Jack spent his adolescence in Southern California prior to moving to Berkley in 2012. As a college student, Jack dove heavy into the Bay Area music scene where he’s established a dedicated following. In December 2016, he released his debut EP, Gargoyles EP, in anticipation of his first tour. It was on the road that he wrote and released his first single, Roll Me Away in March of 2017. Shortly after, Jack graduated from UC-Berkeley and made his way back home to Los Angeles.

Between the time he left for Berkeley and his return, Jack had written upwards of 50 songs, 12 of which have come together on his debut studio album, Songs for Moms, set for release in early 2019. Recorded at Spartan Recording, a 30 x 10-foot airstream turned recording studio in Carpinteria, Songs for Moms is a periodical account of personal growth and all that is entangled within the process of growing up and becoming an individual. The vast collection of Jack’s personal development is complete with the quintessential aspects of maturity. From love, loss and heartbreak, to personal identity and spiritual and political premise, Jack answers all questions of where he has been over the course of the last four of five years. With time-full cleverness and lyrical intelligence, Jack accepts a tight grasp on the art of emotion behind a true storyteller.

Gregory Ackerman: Gregory Ackerman is a singer/wongwriter, multi-instrumentalist born and raised in the Los Angeles area. Having soaked up the sun and song of the Laurel Canyon air since childhood, his music reflects his views on the world, the people of the world, and the current events that define the world's history and his own personal history through an easy-to-listen-to , acoustic vibe.

Gregory released his debut album, "And Friends", with V2 Records (Netherlands) in May 2018. The album was recorded at 64Sound Studios in Highland Park, CA, and was produced by Pierre de Reeder (of Rilo Kiley). Gregory recently returned from a Fall tour in the Netherlands supporting the Dutch singer/songwriter act, Judy Blank, and is set to release a new studio EP in the Spring of 2019 (also produced by Pierre de Reeder).

Gregory recently self-released a compilation of demos respectively titled "The Demo Years", archiving his favorite homemade demos from his younger years of songwriting.

A.O. Gerber: A.O. Gerber is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. She released her first EP, Fathers, in 2016. Gerber's first full-length record will be released in 2019, and was co-produced by her and Madeline Kenney.

Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042