The Elect

The Elect


Think of The Elect in "what if" terms... What if Van Morisson, Joe Cocker, and John Prine took turns fronting the Allman Brothers on one of their jazzier nights with special guests from the Grateful Dead and The Band filling in. That's The Elect!


What if Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, and John Prine took turns fronting the Allman Brothers Band on one of their jazzier nights with special guests from the Grateful Dead and The Band filling in? That's The Elect! An experienced, musically talented six piece Soulful - Americana/Rock Band based out of the Midwest - Indiana.
Their sound breaks the traditional mold of today’s Rock Bands by combining the best of multiple genres including the story-telling of folk, the heart of blues, and the high-energy of pure Rock n’ Roll and fusion with a funk foundation! The Elect creates an electrifying, feel-good, moving experience that will not be forgotten. Local newspaper publications, radio, television networks have all recognized the unique sound, feel, and musicianship of The-Elect!

The-Elect has played many large Midwestern upscale venues including, but not limited to: The Vogue, The Patio, Rathskeller, Phoenix Hill Tavern, Bill Monroe Music Park, The Music Mill and much more.

Appeared on and reviewed by:

FOX59 AM show
Indianapolis Star and News
92.3 WTTS FM
94.7 WFBQ FM
101.9 WKLU FM
NUVO Newsweekly
Intake Magazine
Buzz Radio
Jam Base

Elect BIO Facts

”Once in a silvery moon, a CD will come out of nowhere and smack you upside the head. Leaving a lasting impression and making you an instant fan… Such was the case with a 10-song original collection, "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," by the Indianapolis sextet, The Elect, a group who write solid songs and employ a vintage sound rooted in R&B and Americana, while playing with "jam band" passion.”

“Recorded at the Rathskeller Amphitheatre in Indy last July in front of nearly 2,000 people, the CD features six tunes from the group's previous three studio albums and four brand-new numbers never before released. The Rathskeller concert will be released later this month on DVD and reveals just how good these guys are live.”
- Review o f The Elect’s New CD, By Tom Lounges,-Times Daily Entertainment Correspondent – March 31, 2007

“A CANDIDATE WORTH ELECTING. . . . Hints of jam-rock come out, but the group really nails what matters – a tight-knit sound around lead singer Michael Weir’s gritting and spirited delivery.”
- Chronicle-Tribune March 5, 2005

“These guys rock!”
- Kevin McCreery, Tantric – March 11, 2005

“The Elect: I'll pop in their self-titled album when I want mellow, night music. It has the right amount of groove and a good mix of acoustic and electric guitar. The band really shines on their 6½-minute track, Sunshine in the Moonlight, with tight playing that accentuates Michael Weir's vocal prowess. And they can cut loose on jams, such as every body Knows and Black Water.”
- Randy Setter, Chronicle-Tribune – March 15, 2005

“The 11 songs of “The Elect” resemble the wide-reaching resume of a band at the top of its game. Commonly filed under the heading of “jam” act akin to the Grateful Dead or the Why Store, the Elect covers enough earthy ground to collect fans of Van Morrison and the Band.”
- Review of “The Elect” CD by Dave Lindquist, Indianapolis Star – March 25, 2005

"The Elect serves up a delightful dose of good old country rock and southern tunes. My favorite of [the recently released self-titled CD] was the third track which held true to [the band's] originality. That song just makes me want to grab a beer with my buddies and rock out. The piano part of that song is fantastic and adds a different sort of quality . . . that helps it stand apart from the rest of the cd."
- Ryan Hoffer, Shut Eye Records & Agency

"The self-titled disc is a great collection of pop songs, tastefully recorded and performed. Michael Weir has developed into a great songwriter and the band has matured well."
- Steve Hammer, NUVO Newsweekly - October 5-12, 2005

“Indiana’s Best Kept Secret;” “Winning sound and style;” “Innately sincere, hardworking Midwestern rock music that tickles the brain as well as engages the dancin’ feet.”
- Nuvo Newsweekly

“Great vocal abilities and tasty guitar style”
- Indianapolis Music.Net

The Elect performed concerts and festivals with the following regional and national acts:

Pat DiNizio (Lead singer of The Smithereens)
Deep Banana Blackout
Blue ground Undergrass
Members of Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit
The Why Store
Ray’s Music Exchange
Umphrey's McGee
Ekoostic Hookah
Keller Williams
Victor Wooten Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Victor Wooten F. U. N. K. All Stars
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Little Feat

The Elect’s Musical Inspirations:

The Allman Brothers
The Band
Bob Dylan
Grateful Dead
Van Morrison
John Prine
The Doors
Joe Cocker
The Black Crowes


The Elect is currently touring in support of their newly released Live CD, “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.” The new album is available via their website at and through a variety of online retailers such as iTunes, CD Baby, and MSN Music!

Streaming samples as well as two free full length songs are available on the band's website! In addition, The Elect's previously released CDs:

The Elect (2005)
Three paychecks from homelessness (2000)
Vern's Place (1997)

Set List

The Elect generally plays tunes from their newly released Live CD, “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.” "The Elect," however, does a variety of covers as well.

The set lists vary depending on the venue.

Covers played by the band include:

Van Morisson - Tupelo Honey, Caravan, Gloria

Allman Brothers - Whipping Post, Blue Sky, Melissa

Bob Dylan - Just Like a Woman, Tom Thumb's Blues, Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Son Seals - Funky Bitch

Traffic - Light Up or Leave Me Alone

Jimi Hendrix – Red House

Prince - Purple Rain

The Doors - Break on Through, Five to One, When
the Music's Over, LA Woman

Grateful Dead - China Cat Sunflower, I Know You Rider, Sugaree, Tennessee Jed

Gov't Mule - Soulshine

Bob Marley - No Woman, No Cry