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Rising band, The Jamokes, to shake up campus

On Friday, the sound of electric guitar and drums will draw hibernating students out of their winter dens. The Jamokes, a new rock band on campus, will be performing a free show on the Quad.

The Jamokes, a band of three ISU students and one grad, will be showing the ISU community what they have to offer.

The Jamokes has four members: John Brooks as rhythm guitarist, John Hummel as lead vocals, Mike Garcia as guitarist and Pete Radwanski on the drums.

The band came together in September 2013. They spent most of last semester writing music and spent more time this semester with performances.

“We are a hard rock band with some alternative. We like the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers,” Brooks said.

The Jamokes have a busy weekend ahead of them. They will be doing a live interview with WZND radio Friday morning to talk about their show Friday night. The show on the Quad, which includes other bands, will start at 5 p.m. and The Jamokes will be going on at 7 p.m.

Saturday, The Jamokes will be playing at Firehouse bar in Uptown. Doors open for the event at 7:30 p.m. and the band will be performing at 9 p.m. The Jamokes will be playing alongside other bands including Husky and Flaccid, that are both from Normal, as well as the band  Marina City from Chicago.

“We are huge fans of these bands ourselves,” Brooks said.

Courtesy of The Jamokes The Jamokes are excited to play on the Quad soon, as well as in Uptown. Earlier this year, the band had a gig at Davern’s Tavern in Chicago.

Courtesy of The Jamokes
The Jamokes are excited to play on the Quad soon, as well as in Uptown. Earlier this year, the band had a gig at Davern’s Tavern in Chicago.

The band also recently found out they will be performing at the Castle Theatre for Battle of the Bands on Thursday, April 17. Tickets for the show are $5.

“We’re really pumped about playing at the Castle Theatre,” Brooks said. The event will include several up-and-coming bands as well.

The band has had several shows around campus at places including the Bone Student Center, Firehouse in Uptown and multiple house parties. They will be playing for Relay for Life at 8 p.m.  April 25 on the Quad.

The band spends a lot of time writing their music to have new material for their performances. They are working hard to get their name around campus and the community.

“We’re trying to play as many shows as we can to get the word out there and just keep writing, writing, writing,” Brooks said.

The band is active on social media to stay connected with fans. You can find The Jamokes on Facebook to keep up with upcoming events, news and music.

They also have a second website thejamokes.bandcamp.com where anyone interested can listen to some of their music, check out free downloads and keep up with upcoming shows as well.

Be sure to check out The Jamokes this upcoming weekend and look out for them around campus as they continue to rise in popularity.

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