Join 96.9 The Fox as we host the first ever ALToberfest on October 5, 2019! Purchase your tickets to get access to see Kulick, Paper Jackets, Friday Pilots Club and Meg Myers at The Howard in Oshkosh! For an additional $1 at The Howard on the day of the event, you can sample some awesome beers from local and statewide breweries! This is an all-ages event and IDs will be required to participate in the brewery sampling.
General Admission: $50 (plus fees & taxes)
VIP: $90 (plus fees & taxes)
- Includes dinner with the artists, meet & greet photo ops with the artists, and access the the balcony at The Howard during the event
*More breweries TBA
Pamela Muhart Copyright
Originally from West Penn, PA, Jacob Kulick who now goes solely by his surname, turned his tiny closet into his own private music studio at age 12 and began writing and recording songs as a way to cope with his anxiety and the loneliness of being an outcast. “Middle school was a tough time—I went through a lot of bullying, like a lot of people do when they’re different in a small town,” says the 27-year-old singer/songwriter. Kulick co-founded a high school band Story of Another, self-produced his own album and went on to study audio engineering at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He got a job CBS Radio in New York City and crossed paths with a fellow musician who had a connection at RCA Records. Once he’d landed an introductory meeting with the label, Kulick devoted the next two years to building up his solo material and collaborating with other writers. In summer 2017, those two years of intense creativity led to Kulick signing a deal with RCA/Gold’n Retriever Records. He released his debut EP Hydroplane in 2018 via GRNDVW/Gold’N Retriever/RCA Records, featuring his powerful single “Ghost.” In March 2019, he released a new track titled “Scatterbrain,” which he explains is a song about, “today’s busy society, both young and old, and the battle to stay true to who you are.” Since releasing his debut EP, Kulick’s garnered almost 3 million streams worldwide and counting. In all of his songs, Kulick shows his rare ability to turn everyday pain into music that’s undeniably life-affirming. He possesses sharp songwriting skills and innate musical talent that he has carefully honed since first learning to play drums and guitar at a young age. He says about songwriting: “I started making music because I felt like I had to get something out of me, although at the time I wasn’t even completely sure what that was.” Kulick continues to live in PA where he has found a certain solace in staying close to home, both geographically and in the emotional essence of his songwriting. “Every single time I write, it’s that same feeling from when I first started out with music—it’s my way of dealing with all this stuff going on in my head.”
Paper Jackets Bio
The Los Angeles-based sextet – vocalist James Mason, keyboardist Emily Dickinson, guitarist Jonny Vesely, bassist Miles Franco, backing vocalist Aimee Proal and drummer David Allen play a sleek, souped-up style of synth-pop that equally takes its cues from the current crop of genre peers like Walk The Moon, Smallpools, CHVRCHES and Cherry Pools, but also legendary acts like The Ronettes and The Beach Boys. The band’s EP, DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD, recently re-released by Selma Records with a few re-imagined tracks, swirl these decades-spanning influences and an overall indie aesthetic to create a blend of pop and rock that’s all at once topical and timeless.
Mason came to LA via Austin in 2016, collaborating with producer Ethan Kaufmann (Avril Lavigne, Driver Friendly) and building Paper Jackets from the ground up with the help of friends like Dickinson. Along the way, the singer and his bandmates leaned on their years of experience as musicians and songwriters to give their then-new project an air of confidence and swagger that oozes into the songs on Don’t Lose Your Head and elevates Paper Jackets beyond their years.
“We felt like we had such freedom,” Mason says of the process of making Don’t Lose Your Head, which features a new track mixed by Charlie Park (lovelytheband, Dreamers). It felt like getting your parents’ credit card number for the first time. We were able to explore all these different influences and impulses and get our hands dirty with a bunch of different sounds. Once we hit on ‘Trigger’ and ‘Girl,’ we knew we were headed in the right direction.”
True to his words, the two singles bubble with synth-and-drum-machine energy cut by soaring, effortless melodies, while the EP-closing “1985” strips things back considerably to put its raw emotion on full display. It’s a musical dichotomy that truly exhibits the band’s versatility – capable of creating club-ready anthems as well as deeply resonant material.
Much like the band’s sound itself, Don’t Lose Your Head is all about balance. It finds the members of Paper Jackets squarely at the fulcrum of adulthood, stacking youthful impulses alongside increased responsibility – and all the messiness and, yes, consequences, that come when the equilibrium between the two stages of life swings too far in one direction. It’s a set of songs that’s as much a night out as the morning after, picking up the pieces after letting loose.
“There’s a desire to live your life to its fullest and fly by the seat of your pants,” Mason says. “I want to enjoy my life and seize it all, but there’s a pull of reality that snaps you back and says, ‘This is just not sustainable or stable behavior.’ [Laughs.] I’m learning every day how to deal with that – and how to push the limits and see how far I can take it. There are times I want to surrender, but there are other times I’m willing to live with the pain the next day. It can be frustrating to deal with both sides and the responsibility, but that balance is what ultimately makes life fun.”
Friday Pilots Club Bio
Recently signed to Big Machine/John Varvatos Records (Big Machine Label Group), Friday Pilots Club is Chicago’s Pop affected and hard-hitting Rock band.
Formed in 2017, members Caleb Hiltunen (vocals) and Drew Polovick (guitar) blend explosive memorable hooks and eclectic musical sensibilities to bring a fresh sound to the world of Rock music.
While attending Columbia College Chicago and pursuing different degrees, Caleb and Drew became instant fans of each other’s work. Caleb – a talented lyricist and vocalist – and Drew – a songwriter, producer and master mixer – created the perfect musical partnership with Friday Pilots Club. They gained a loyal Chicago following before gaining the attention of Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta and John Varvatos in 2018.
When Caleb and Drew sat down for their first writing session two years ago, their new single “Glory” was born. A deeply personal track, it was co-produced by Drew alongside Multi-Platinum selling producer John Fields (Switchfoot, American Hi-Fi, All Time Low) and Nothing But Thieves guitarist Dom Craik. A gospel tinged, Rock anthem, “Glory” was inspired from two different perspectives and allows for fans to create their own interpretation. Based on fear of one’s own mortality and the fight for change in the current political climate, “Glory” is available digitally now and is currently being introduced to radio.
Friday Pilots Club recorded “Glory” and additional tracks at Field’s studio in Minneapolis. The environment inspired their creativity and allowed the band to explore diverse sonic possibilities while honing and developing their new sound. Finding influence from bands like Nothing But Thieves, Bring Me The Horizon, Royal Blood, Highly Suspect, along with a dose of The Strokes, Friday Pilots Club found comfort in heavier and darker music. Fans can hear the new music on streaming platforms and live at select tour dates. Visit FridayPilotsClub for more information.
Meg Myers is collapsed like a broken ragdoll on her hardwood floors in her Los Angeles apartment — crying uncontrollable, feeling something she’s never felt before. It’s that kind of cry you don’t even wish upon your worst enemies — the kind that comes from that hidden place where all your demons are trying to break free.
You’d think something terrible had just happened, but quite the opposite. The singer/songwriter was just listening back to rough mixes of her new record, Take Me to the Disco (300 Entertainment), when a profound realization swept over her. “When I first wrote some of these new songs, I thought I knew what I was writing about. A lot had to do with a breakup.”
“Listening back to some of these songs made me realize what I was really writing about… what was underneath it all,” continues Myers, who grew up in a Jehovah’s Witness household before breaking free to pursue music in L.A. at the age of 19. “All of a sudden it all made sense to me and that moment of realization just overwhelmed me with a flood of tears and joy. On the surface, I thought I was writing about love loss but I’ve learned it goes much deeper than that. It’s going back to the child in me that needed to be healed. I’ve always written from a true place, but in getting to know myself better, I’m now writing from an even deeper level of honesty.”