Jr Jr

Grog Shop presents

Jr Jr

Stef Chura

Thu · November 9, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

$15 adv / $17 dos


This event is all ages

Due to illness, the JR JR show has been cancelled. Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase. We are very sorry and hope to see you all again soon.

Jr Jr
Jr Jr
“I remember thinking, ‘Oh man, this guy might be better than me, and that’s
really awesome.’ I always wanted to work with people who I was a little bit
intimidated by,” says Josh Epstein of how he came to collaborate with fellow
Detroit-area native Daniel Zott to form JR JR. Coming together through a shared
love for bands that effortlessly flexed harmonies like the Beatles and Simon &
Garfunkel, the multi-instrumentalists recorded a couple songs in 2009 just for
fun. It wasn’t until their friends started reacting with genuine excitement to their
music that they realized they had something real on their hands, and with that
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. was born (the band’s original name).
“We suddenly had this thing that people wanted and we were sort of forced into
it, but it was a natural thing,” recalls Josh. They put out two EPs on Quite
Scientific Records in 2010, Horse Power (which included a cover of The Beach
Boys’ “God Only Knows”) and My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1, and soon major
labels were reaching out to them. The band shortly thereafter signed with Warner
Bros. Records to its 2011 full-length debut, It’s A Corporate World.
With 2013’s The Speed of Things and 2015’s JR JR (which featured the top 10
Alternative single, “Gone”), the duo continued to expand its already broad
fanbase. Listeners across genre lines were drawn in by their adventurous,
danceable blend of classic songwriting, intricate melodies and electronic
elements. “Epstein and Zott remain purveyors of kaleidoscopic pop music,” said
Paste. AllMusic noted, “Despite the use of zingy electronics and an array of
mechanical drums, they maintain a warmth and humanness to their sound led by
frequent McCartney-esque turns of melody…”
“It can be interesting that for some people, we’re the weirdest band they listen to,
and for others, we’re seen as very mainstream”, says Daniel Zott. “And that’s
great because it allows us to speak to people in very different ways.”
Daniel and Josh wanted to avoid the typical trappings that come with having
defined roles in a band, so there’s no frontman in JR JR, just two guys who relish
in the ying and yang of a close partnership. They continue to do the bulk of the
creative work themselves – from writing and producing their songs to designing
JR JR’s stage show.
“Dan is the most relaxed person that I’ve ever met,” says Josh, “he’s really nice,
really caring, and he doesn’t take much personally and he doesn’t let much get
him down. I’m the opposite. I’m high strung, over-analytical sometimes.” The
balance of personalities is what helps helm their left-of-center sound into
accessible pop.
Stef Chura
Stef Chura
Venue Information:
Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH, 44110