Who are The Loomers?

They are the two-time winners of Berklee College of Music's Battle of the Executive Bands. They once backed rock legend John Mellencamp at a party at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. They have performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fenway Park, The House of Blues, Irving Plaza, The Knitting Factory and CBGBs, among many venues. They have been the backing band for acclaimed songwriter Ellis Paul. They have hosted countless sold out 70s & 80s Tribute Nights at the legendary Club Passim. They have had their songs played on CBS, Cinemax, The CW, MTV, NBC, & PBS. And -- especially -- they have raised tens of thousands of dollars for charities big and small.

JON SVETKEY –– the singer-songwriter who co-founded End Construction with Ellis Paul, Jim Infantino & Brian Doser and has headlined writers-in-the-round nights with folks like Grammy winner Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Dar Williams, Shawn Mullins and Martin Sexton, and opened for legends like Richard Thompson, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Loudon Wainwright III and others –– strums the acoustic guitar and sings. EVERETT PENDLETON plays electric guitar, harmonizes, and never stops moving. JACK CAVALIER and MICHAEL CAHILL hold down the bass and drums. ROB LAURENS (Kerrville and Columbia River New Folk winner) pounds the piano, organ and accordian. HEATHER QUAY sings angelic harmonies. And TOM SIMONS also rips it up on electric guitar.

But, in case you've never heard of The Loomers -- and trust them, they won't be offended -- they say they're just a bunch of friends, based loosely in the Boston area, passionate about making music an integral part of their rich, full-time lives, whether it’s playing at keg parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, ship launchings. In short, they love to get together to play.

Over the years they've released five albums: Reeling Down A Road (2010), Tomorrow Today (2006), Shine (2004), Simple As That (1998) and Escalation (1997). Their songs are a rollicking trip through Americana –– infused with the sounds of driving rock, highway blues, heartland folk, urban country, 1950s rock & soul, and retro-1980s pop –– filled with the joys, sorrows, hopes, regrets and wonder of growing older. Kind of like Counting Crows and Ryan Adams hanging out with The Allman Brothers and Tom Petty at a backyard keg party.  Their cover song list includes everyone from Elvis and Sam Cooke to The Beatles and The Monkees to The Spinners and The Commodores to Bruce Springsteen and U2.

In short, the most common compliment audience members have paid the band over the years sums it up: “You guys look like you’re having so much fun up there.” These days they're just looking forward to many more years of having fun spreading that joyful noise and camaraderie around. And they're glad to have you along for the ride.

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