Sat, Feb 10 • 9:00PM
The Atlanta Room
JOSH TAERK / SAWYER & THE TOMS / THE WITNESS MARKS
$8 IN ADVANCE / $10 DAY OF
Josh Taerk (pronounced Turk) was born in Toronto, Canada and raised on a healthy diet of Rock ‘N’ Roll music; Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Tom Petty & Bob Dylan just to name a few.
In 2016 Josh toured the U.S. where his latest single “Anywhere Love Took Us” was play-listed on Hot AC Commercial Radio in The U.S. and his Christmas single was play-listed on Retail Radio debuting at #10 on the Indie Top 50 charts. On tour, Josh and his band have opened for famed blues guitarist Robin Trower (Procol Harum), Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin, Austin Jones amongst others; and have played shows in Nashville TN, Indianapolis, IN, Columbus, Akron and Cleveland OH, Jackson MS, Birmingham AL, El Dorado AR, Paducah and Louisville KY, Atlanta and Macon GA, Huntsville AL, Franklin TN, Midland TX, Salt Lake City UT, and Denver CO. They even headlined a show in Taerk’s hometown of Toronto this past March.
With the high energy of his live show, Josh was named one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015 by Classic Rock Magazine; and his latest album “Here’s To Change” was chosen as one of the top 25 albums of the year by Rock music writer Jason Ritchie (Classic Rock Magazine, GRTR!). In May of 2015, the title track off HTC was play-listed on over 40 radio stations throughout The UK.
In October of 2010, Josh met one of his idols, Max Weinberg (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer & Drummer for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band), in Toronto and Max gave Josh the opportunity to open for him in South Orange, New Jersey. Max calls Josh, "the most exciting new talent I have come across in years."
In April of 2011, Josh was chosen to play the Aspen Songwriters Festival hosted by John Oates (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Hall & Oates). Josh met John and the two have been good friends ever since. Oates recorded background vocals on 2 songs off Josh’s ‘Here’s To Change’ album and also introduced Josh to producer Teddy Morgan (Guitar player & songwriter for Kevin Costner & Modern West).
Oates says of Josh, “I've enjoyed getting to know Josh & his music over the last few years…I think ‘Here’s To Change’ is his best work to date.”
Josh has had some incredible experiences touring over the past 5 years including 3 tours as key support throughout The UK (2012-2013), & 2 UK university tours as headliner (2013 & 2015). Josh was also chosen to be a part of Indie Week Canada’s 2014 Band Competition making it to the semi-final round and securing his spot at Indie Week Europe 2015 where he played 5 shows at the festival with his band. Josh was also asked to play Canada's Walk of Fame Festival at Nathan Phillips Square in 2011, Summerfest in 2011 joining Max Weinberg onstage to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band; & much more.
Josh Taerk is a dedicated singer / songwriter / performer who loves his craft & his fans.
SAWYER & THE TOMS
Sawyer & the Toms combines the powerhouse duo of Ethan McKown, singer/songwriter of over ten years, and Wesley Dowdy, who having played percussion in various projects ranging from metal-core to pop punk, creates an interesting and often unseen combination in the indie folk scene. The band performs unforgettably catchy songs with a unique sense of vibrancy, weaving emotional storytelling with beautiful melodies that feel both familiar and brand new.
THE WITNESS MARKS
Named after the impression left by a missing object, The Witness Marks' songs reflect this feeling of innate loss. The Columbia, SC Americana band creates songs that are rich with narrative quality and bursting with musicality. The Witness Marks combine a variety of backgrounds to create a sound that is exciting and focused. Listeners will be reminded of a compelling mix of Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and The Clash.
The Witness Marks are led by Ethan Fogus. Previously his work has been lauded as:
"[a] well-crafted collection that blends various genres (folk, country, roots rock) into songs poignant and rollicking" - No Depression
"brash, smart songwriting, the kind that ably offers what most good music does: a promise of escape." - Immersive Atlanta
"Fogus' elegant voice is a standout. He's an accomplished songwriter and great storyteller" - Music and Riots