Jackpot Donnie
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Jackpot Donnie

Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States

Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
Band Rock Reggae

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Jan
25
Jackpot Donnie @ Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille

Palatine, Illinois, USA

Palatine, Illinois, USA

Oct
04
Jackpot Donnie @ Wise Fools Pub

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Jul
28
Jackpot Donnie @ Taste of Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA

Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA

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Local band Jackpot Donnie existed over half a decade before releasing their first full-length album, "Music Nightly," this year. Take one listen to the record - filled with hook-laden classic rock-meets-90s alternative guitar crunch - and you can tell the band used the time to carefully plan and produce their material before putting it to CD. The record rocks throughout, but at the same time features a crisp, even professional vibe that's seldom heard on debut records from indie acts.
On "Music Nightly," the band uses largely straightforward classic rock for its core, but incorporates a variety of sounds to flesh things out, including bluesy riffs ("Pell Mell," "Muster Buster"), 311-esque alterna-reggae ("Rumble," "See We Rollin'") and boisterous bar rock ("Agent Estimation"). This mixture of sounds is welcome, helping to keep things interesting from track to track.

"Agent Estimation" opens the disc and is a highlight with its very cool jittery guitar riff. Matt Love's powerful, throaty vocals are perfect for both the hard-hitting music and "everyman" lyrics throughout, which bring to mind The Allman Brothers Band. A prime example is "Full Bloom," a catchy, lazy summer jam with a chorus that begins, "I've been workin' so hard and I am hurtin'/I could use some time to get this off my mind."

While the band is rooted in traditional sounds and doesn't necessarily cover any new ground on "Music Nightly," they deliver solid, well-written, performed and produced songs sure to please fans of both classic and alternative rock. - Windy City Rock


Local band Jackpot Donnie existed over half a decade before releasing their first full-length album, "Music Nightly," this year. Take one listen to the record - filled with hook-laden classic rock-meets-90s alternative guitar crunch - and you can tell the band used the time to carefully plan and produce their material before putting it to CD. The record rocks throughout, but at the same time features a crisp, even professional vibe that's seldom heard on debut records from indie acts.
On "Music Nightly," the band uses largely straightforward classic rock for its core, but incorporates a variety of sounds to flesh things out, including bluesy riffs ("Pell Mell," "Muster Buster"), 311-esque alterna-reggae ("Rumble," "See We Rollin'") and boisterous bar rock ("Agent Estimation"). This mixture of sounds is welcome, helping to keep things interesting from track to track.

"Agent Estimation" opens the disc and is a highlight with its very cool jittery guitar riff. Matt Love's powerful, throaty vocals are perfect for both the hard-hitting music and "everyman" lyrics throughout, which bring to mind The Allman Brothers Band. A prime example is "Full Bloom," a catchy, lazy summer jam with a chorus that begins, "I've been workin' so hard and I am hurtin'/I could use some time to get this off my mind."

While the band is rooted in traditional sounds and doesn't necessarily cover any new ground on "Music Nightly," they deliver solid, well-written, performed and produced songs sure to please fans of both classic and alternative rock. - Windy City Rock


Discography

"New Mode" - EP - Released March 27, 2010

"Music Nightly" - LP - Released April 18, 2008

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Jackpot Donnie began as a trio of musicians in search of a sound. Matt Love (guitar/lead vocals), Brian Wise (guitar) and Adam Campbell (drums) were high school chums, well-versed in basement jamming and general rock music etiquette; however, there was an integral piece of the puzzle missing. In 2003 a stroke of luck brought bassist Dave Langley to JPDs doorstep. It didnt take long for the individual styles of the four musicians to gel, and before the end of their first practice, they knew a band had been formed.

In late 2004, they composed their first monster ballad, and quickly realized that melodrama was not a part of their destiny. Since then, Jackpot Donnie has fused their ribald, energetic personalities with elements of all the genres of music they celebrate. Dave brings the funk on bass and grooves tightly in the pocket with Adam, while Matt and Brians guitars deliver both smooth reggae flavor and classic head-banging riffs. All the while, Matts soulful vocals keep the music firmly rooted in the Chicago blues tradition. The band released their first full-length album Music Nightly in April of 2008, featuring a crisp, even professional vibe that's seldom heard on debut records from indie acts, according to the Chicago Examiners Frank Krolicki.

Jackpot Donnie has established their identity as some of Chicagos hardest rockers, and theyve been spreading it across the city and beyond. These days, you can find JPD in some of the citys most respected rock venues, like The Abbey, Elbo Room, Double Door, and the Bottom Lounge. On the stage, their priority is to move the crowd, make em laugh, and keep them coming back for more. And thats what theyll continue to do, at least until Glam Rock comes back into style.