Jake Kulak and the LowDown are honored to be nominated for a New England Music Award in the "New Act of the Year" Category. Nominees are chosen by a panel of music industry professionals and represent New England artists from various genres in popular music.
Jake Kulak and the LowDown represented CT at the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase for the 4th consecutive year. The band played to a packed house at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street. Thanks to the CT Blues Society for their sponsorship and support.
We will be opening again for NYC's super-duo The London Souls. We will bringing some blues, some rock and some funk to an awesome CT venue.
Extrememly excited to be on the bill at The Iridium - a legendary music venue in New York City. We will start the show off, followed by The Balkun Brothers, a multi award-winning Rock and Blues band just back from their 3rd European tour! It is gonna be a rockin' show! This is a great preview of what will come in January when both acts represent CT at the International Blues Challenge; the Balkun Brothers in the Solo Duo Challenge and Jake Kulak and the LowDown in the national Youth Showcase.
If you missed them at the Bonnaroo Music Festival or Governor's Ball this summer, rockin' duo The London Souls made an appearance in CT and Jake was thrilled to be on the bill, accompanied by drummer Jeremy Peck. The London Souls' Chris St. Hilaire described Jake as "a hell of a guitar player - and you can quote me on that!" So we did! Thanks to The London Souls for a great night of music.
Jake Kulak and the LowDown were 1 of 6 Boston-area bands selected to participate in Bringin' Down the House live at House of Blues! This is a national emerging artist program sponsored by the Music Forward Foundation. 6 bands or solo acts between the ages of 13-19 and across all musical genres are selected from 1 of 8 participating cities. We will be traveling to Boston for 4 Saturday Industry Sessions and then we will be playing a show at the House of Blues Boston on April 26th.
Jake Kulak and The LowDown are excited to be playing the DogFish Bar and Grille in Portland, Maine on August 27th. Our specialist guest will be the awesome guitarist Frank Varela.
Very excited to announce that I will be heading to Norway from July 22- August 2 to participate in the Band Seminar at the Notodden Blues Festival. Notodden is one of the largest Blues festivals in Europe. Every year, approximately 40 youths between the ages of 14 and 18 are chosen to participate in the Seminar. The Seminar culminates in a performance opportunity at the festival. As an added bonus, the Pinetop Perkins Foundation will also be involved in the festival, and I am looking forward to participating in their events as well. This organization has done so much to support me and many other young blues musicians here in the United States. More details to be announced soon!
5 Bands and Craft Beers to benefit The Canton Fireman's favorite charities. Jake Kulak and the LowDown are on at 1:00 pm.
Jake has been awarded scholarships in 2015 from both the Generation Blues Foundation and the Pinetop Perkins Foundation. He will be attending the Pinetop Perkins Master Class in Guitar in Clarksdale, MS in June 2015.
Jake was honored to be named a Blues Foundation "Blues Kid". For more information, here is the link
Jake Kulak and the LowDown represented the CT Blues Society at the Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Playing to a packed house at Wet Willie's on Beale Street, along with appearances at Rum Boogie Cafe, Club 152 and Blues Hall, it was a great week of blues music!
Black Eyed Sally's in Hartford, CT hosted an evening of three of the top "up and coming" young bands in the area. For this performance, Jake was thrilled to be joined by Nick Balkun on drums and Caleb Battersby on bass. The night also featured The Interlopers with Jeff Howard and the Bobby Paltauf Band.
Jake played to packed houses at the Blues City Cafe and B.B. King's Blues Club in Memphis as part of the IBC's Youth Showcase. The Youth Showcase allows musicians under the age of 21 to showcase their talent for record labels, media, festival managers, talent scouts, and fans.
Jake was awarded 2014 scholarships from the Generation Blues organization, as well as the Pinetop Perkins Foundation. The scholarship funding will allow him to travel to study guitar with Bob Margolin at the Pinetop Perkins Master Class in Guitar in Clarksdale, MS.
After seeing Jake's performance at the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis, Tom Deegan and Charlotte Silkey, organizers of the 2 Left Feet Blues Festival invited Jake to play this year's festival in East Hartland, CT. Also appearing at the festival were Johnny Sansone, Debbie Davies, Albert Castiglia, Johnny Rawls, the Stacy Brooks Band and the Balkun Brothers.
Thanks to the National Blues Museum! Their announcement : "The National Blues Museum is already doing great things educationally, as the home for the Honeyboy Edwards Fund for the Blues. This Honeyboy Edwards scholarship goes to a 13-year-old guitar player from Connecticut named Jake Kulak. Here is a link to one of his YouTube videos. He's only been playing guitar for two years!"