Singer/Songwriter Night feat J. Marsden

Singer/Songwriter Night feat J. Marsden

Chandon Vicarious, Jack Selmer, Eric Doucette, Anthony Ruptak

Tue. May 16, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$5.00

This event is 18 and over

+$3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door

J. Marsden
J. Marsden
Former front man of Wall of Funk and current guitarist of 4am detours from hard hitting groovy rock for beautiful acoustic guitar playing and heartfelt vocals. His writing is reminiscent of acoustic classic rock favorites with a modern spacey feel and a touch of country western swagger. The result is a culmination of emotionally driven music for the wandering soul.
Jack Selmer
Jack Selmer
I was born and raised in Fort Atkinson, WI the youngest of three in a musical family. My family has always been 100% supportive of anything we decided to pursue, and I will always be honored to say, I am their son and brother. No matter where I’ve been or how many people I knew when I got there, I have NEVER felt alone. Their endless support is what makes it so easy to stand up in front of crowds of strangers and share my soul with whoever cares to listen.

Through out my childhood I watched my very talented older siblings sing in front of crowds, and admired their ability to captivate an audience. Naturally, I wanted that too! My own musical exploration began at a very young age when I began taking Suzuki lessons for violin, which I continued playing all the way through my senior year of high school. Along with violin I added singing in choir and show choir to my passions, once I was ready to take my “shower singing,” to a more public level.

It was the summer after my freshmen year of college that my brother and I were both home for the summer and began learning different songs that we had fun harmonizing on. This initially was something we just did for fun and soon became a weekly gig downtown at a great patio bar called Catfish Alley. Those Thursday night gigs became a weekly ritual and soon the patio was filling to capacity every week, which lasted the rest of the summer.

Not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, I decided to chase a dream and move out to Breckenridge, Colorado where I lived on a couch and scanned lift tickets on the mountain. After meeting a friend named Eric, I played a few open mics in a neighboring mountain town, named Dillon. Having previously managing a prominent venue in Minneapolis, I learned a LOT from him about the music business. After the summer back home and these open mics in CO, I soon had a new dream of writing music and performing in front of crowds, which I told Eric. He simply said, “you already have what it takes. You just have to work hard.” With his past experience in music, this comment carried immense weight.

I returned home to Wisconsin in late April 2009 with about 4 new covers and a new passion. I wrote my first three songs in about a 2 month stretch and realized how valuable writing was as a tool to get things off your chest. Shortly after, I was offered an opportunity to work alongside my brother, moving furniture just outside of Minneapolis, MN. Soon after moving to Minnesota, my brother took me to his favorite coffee shop on Snelling Avenue where there happened to be an open mic starting up. The weekly gathering was full of talented acts but when the guy running the show performed last, I was blown away. He had a confidence and style to his music that was so unique and was unlike anything I’d ever seen before! His name was Dustin and that weekend he became my third sibling as we learned about each other through our music. We spent the next 5 or 6 months driving open mic to open mic and playing wherever they would let us. Every week we’d do what we called “three-mic-thursdays,” where we would sign up at three different open mics downtown and the play at them in reverse order. This is where I truly started to develop an intimate relationship with my music.

I am now living in Madison, Wisconsin where I plan to record this debut album and to continue pursuing a career doing what I love. It feels good to be so close to where it all began and to be able to perform for the very people that have watched me on stage since elementary school. The most important thing I’ve learned so far in my adventures(even though they are just beginning) is that the only natural resource that matters in this world is it’s People. I’ve had the pleasure throughout my life of being surrounded by selfless supporters who have humbled me more than they’ll ever know….more than YOU will ever know.

Thank you for reading this and taking interest in my passion.

-Jack Selmer
Eric Doucette
Eric Doucette
Starting in Orange County, NY, Eric Doucette has been playing in various pop/punk/ska/indie bands since 2002.

Influenced heavily by the cryptic writings of lyricists and poets of the 1990s and onward (ranging from The Weakerthans and Pedro The Lion, to Alkaline Trio and Brand New), these songs are born in the roots of memory and the inner commentary of an ever-changing mind.
Anthony Ruptak
Anthony Ruptak
"His songs are like combines. Upon ignition the teeth and the gears begin churning and he just throttles it out and into the open – tearing up the fields, raping the land of its bounty and leaving the earth bare and naked and ashamed, but somehow grateful." ~ The Denver Syntax
Venue Information:
The Frequency
121 W. Main Street
Madison, WI, 53703
http://madisonfrequency.com/