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A Farewell from The Bridge

May 26th,2011

Dear Family and Friends,

 

This next Thanksgiving will mark the 10-year anniversary of The Bridge.  It has been an amazing ride that we have shared with you all.  It is therefore with a heavy heart that we announce that this year will mark the end of The Bridge.  After ten years and thousands of miles, the harsh realities of life on the road have led us to a point where we can no longer sustain ourselves as a band.  We fought on to continue for as long as we could, because we truly believed in our music and cherished the deeply special connection that we have built with our audiences throughout the years.  But at the end of the day, the economy won, and we are forced to close up shop.

 

What started as a show for our friends on one Thanksgiving Eve has led us on a wild, beautiful journey beyond our expectations.  The long van rides, smoky bars, sleepless nights, wicked hangovers, cheap motels, and flat tires were all worth it for the chance to play music for you all and create those special moments that we live for.  It has been the most rewarding experience of our lives.  In true Bridge fashion, we will be giving you everything we have left for the rest of our shows.  We will be playing our final residency at 8×10, the house that built The Bridge, in the coming weeks, as well as our beloved All Good Festival, our favorite day of the year for the last 7 years.  And as if it was meant to be, we will be closing out our run as a band on our 10-year anniversary, Thanksgiving Eve, at Rams Head Live.  We plan on cherishing every last moment we have with you as The Bridge.

 

As chapters end and new ones begin, we will continue to pursue other musical endeavors, and hope to keep the spirit of this community alive.  We are forever grateful to you all, the people who we have gotten to know so well through the years, as well as those who have worked so hard and given so much of themselves for the band.  And lastly we want to thank each other, the members of the band both past and present, for sweating out the tough times and celebrating the high times together to try and live the dream.  We are truly brothers for life.  As sad as we feel that this experience is ending, we have no regrets. We feel we have achieved what we set out to do, which is to make people happy through our music.  We humbly thank you, from the absolute bottom of our hearts, for your love, support, and inspiration that has given us this opportunity.  It has been an honor and a privilege.

 

Sincerely,

 

Cris, Kenny, Dave, Mike, Patrick, and Mark

 

The Bridge

Come see us this summer!

May 28 I Sterling Folk Festival I Sterling, NY tickets
June 1 I 8×10 Club I Baltimore, MD info

June 8 I 8×10 Club I Baltimore, MD
June 15 I 8×10 Club I Baltimore, MD
June 22 I 8×10 Club I Baltimore, MD
June 4 I Crawfish Fest I Augusta, NJ tickets
July 4 I Harrisonburg, VA info
July 7 I Bottle & Cork I Dewey Beach, DE tickets
July 10 I Ladew Gardens I Monkton, MD tickets
July 17 I All Good Festival I Mastontown, WV tickets
July 22 I Gathering of the Vibes I Bridgeport, CT tickets
July 29-31 I Black Sheep Family Reunion I Tidewater, OR tickets
August 5 I Elysian Fields Festival I Boyce, VA tickets
August 7 I Flood City Music Festival I Johnstown, PA tickets
August 12 I Hunt Valley Towne Center (acoustic) I Hunt Valley, MD
August 19 I Bella Terra Festival I Stephentown, NY tickets

Check www.thebridgemusic.com for all of our fall dates.  We look forward to seeing you all soon!

 

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10th Annual 8×10 Summer Residency

May 3rd,2011

The Bridge are excited to play their 10th annual 8×10 Club Wednesday summer residency this June 1, 8th, 15th and 22nd. We have special guests each night as follows:

June 1st – John Mancini Band
June 8th – Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band
June 15th – The 14th Circuit
June 22nd – Big Sam’s Funky Nation (who are featured in Treme!)

Purchase tickets here!

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Summer Festivals

March 11th,2011

The Bridge are playing lots of festivals this summer including:

Crawfish Fest in August, NJ on June 3, 4 & 5th:

All Good Music Festival in Masontown, WV on July 14 – 17

Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT on July 21 – 24

Black Sheep Family Reunion in Tidewater, OR on July 29 – 31

 

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Stream ‘National Bohemian’ in its entirety

January 26th,2011

We’re pleased to give you a listen of the entire new record. Drop a comment and let us know what you think. You can purchase National Bohemian here: The Bridge’s Webstore, iTunes, Amazon, Amazon mp3, Homegrown Music, or your favorite independent record store.

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‘National Bohemian’ coming February 1st, 2011 + tour

November 16th,2010

The Bridge will release their fifth studio album National Bohemian on February 1, 2011 through Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers. For the latest effort, we’ve enlisted Grammy Award-winning producer and Los Lobos multi-instrumentalist Steve Berlin to join the band behind the boards. Ranging from the sonically dense, voodoo-tinged rock of “Sanctuary” to the modern day murder ballad “Moonlight Mission,” the 11-track collection is shaped by the dynamics that distinguish the band’s two principle songwriters Cris Jacobs and Kenny Liner. Jacobs delivers Dixie-drenched southern soul, while Liner’s approach is steeped in swaggering American roots music. As a preview to the recording, we’re offering a free download of “Moonlight Mission” on the widget to the right.

Plans are set for The Bridge to tour throughout 2011 in support of National Bohemian. They’ll kick off the year sharing a three-night run with Trombone Shorty that includes New Year’s Eve at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. The band will then celebrate the album’s release by headlining a hometown record release party at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore on January 29 (tickets onsale Friday December 10th @ 10am). In February, The Bridge will head out for a string of dates across the east coast with Tea Leaf Green before traveling to the midwest to support Galactic. The March leg includes the band’s first headline show at Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO.

Track Listing:
1. Sanctuary
2. Chavez
3. Big Wheel
4. Moonlight Mission
5. Geraldine
6. Long Way To Climb
7. Rosie
8. Hey Mama
9. Stranger in my Own Home
10. Colorado Motel
11. Dirt On My Hands

Tour Dates:
December 30 | Ram’s Head Live | Baltimore, MD (w/ Trombone Shorty)
December 31 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Trombone Shorty)
January 1 | 9:30 Club | Washington, DC (w/ Trombone Shorty)
January 14 | Sound Factory | Charleston, WV
January 15 | PJ Kelly’s | Clarksburg, WV (w/ Grayson Capps)
January 29 | Ram’s Head Live | Baltimore, MD (WTMD Presents)
February 2 | Jefferson Theatre | Charlottesville, VA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 3 | Alley Katz | Richmond, VA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 4 | 9:30 Club | Washington, DC (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 5 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 8 | Strand Capital Performing Arts Center | York, PA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 9 | Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 10 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 11 | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 12 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ Tea Leaf Green)
February 16 | The Cabooze | Minneapolis, MN (w/ Galactic)
February 17 | Majestic Theatre | Madison, WI (w/ Galactic)
February 18 | Park West | Chicago, IL (w/ Galactic)
February 19 | Beachland Ballroom | Cleveland, OH (w/ Galactic)
February 20 | Mr. Small’s Theater | Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Galactic)
March 3 | Southgate House | Newport, KY
March 4 | Max’s | Bloomington, IN
March 5 | Trouser Mouse | Blue Springs, MO
March 6 | Bourbon Theatre Rye Room | Lincoln, NE
March 9 | three20south | Breckenridge, CO
March 10 | Hodi’s Half Note | Fort Collins, CO
March 11 | Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO
March 15 | The Canopy Club | Urbana, IL
March 16 | Canal Street | Dayton, OH
March 17 | V Club | Huntington, WV
March 18 | Dante’s | Frostburg, MD
April 16 | Old Settler’s Music Festival | Driftwood, TX
June 4 | Crawfish Fest | Augusta, NJ

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