Jordan Esker and the 100%
Fri, October 19, 2018
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pmHigh Dive
$6.00 - $8.00
• 18 OR OVER
• NO SMOKING inside the venue.
• Smoking allowed outside in the Beer Garden!
• $3 under 21 fee charged at the door.
• All ticket sales are Non-Refundable unless the show is cancelled.https://www.highdivegainesville.com/event/1749360/
After a decade of playing in various bands, Jordan realized that writing with a band wasn’t working for him at that point. He and a college friend, Phil Nettle, produced and recorded his first full-length, “Best Supporting Actor,” over the course of four months in various houses around Tallahassee and Tampa, Florida.
The Latin breakdown of “Not in Love”, the acoustic jam-funk bridge and gospel choir chorus of “The Little Bit That Counts”, and the McCartney-playing-pop-punk approach of “Forehead” all required a wide range of playing styles. So Jordan recruited musicians from various bands around Tallahassee (Echo Base, Fungle Junk, Wolf and Witness, Florida State Gospel Choir) to play some parts.
Shortly after releasing “Best Supporting Actor” in 2014, Jordan formed The Hundred Percent, consisting of Matt Raspo on the keys, Emmit Dobbyn on bass, and Vincent Montemarano on drums and vocals, who has sang and played with Jordan since age 13.
The group has since played a multitude of venues in the Tampa Bay area, as well as a couple of live radio performances on WMNF, and embarked on 10-day tours of the southeast and east coast in 2016 and 2017, respectively. They recently made appearances at the 2017 Florida Music Festival and the sold-out Tom Petty tribute show at Skipper's Smokehouse in October. After steadily releasing a handful of singles since 2016, they are set to release their first full-length album in early 2018.
Fowler is nineteen. These are three words that you will probably repeat incredulously to yourself as you make your way through "Beginning". His voice and songs convey an understanding of the human experience that extends well beyond his years, and yet they so perfectly capture the weight and significance of what it means to be young.
Calling on a work ethic derived by helping out at his parents' restaurant and catering businesses from the time he was thirteen, Fowler used borrowed microphones and recorded this debut almost entirely live; a feat rarely seen these days. When this restless determination is coupled with his immeasurable talent, it's difficult to foresee any limitations to what Matthew Fowler's accomplishments might come to include. For now though, it is enough to have "Beginning" — the first offering toward what promises to be a long and meaningful body of work.