The Bridge is very much afloat in Baltimore music scene

August 14, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Fresh off a tour with Mike Gordon from Phish, Baltimore rockers The Bridge will make a stop in Hagerstown on Saturday for a show at Duffy's on Potomac.

The Bridge just put the finishing touches on its second album for Hyena Records, said frontman and songwriter Cris Jacobs. The album, "Blind Man's Hill," is set for release in October.

The Bridge has spent the past year touring and hitting up the summer music festival circuit. The band performed at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, W.Va., this past July.

When they're not touring, they're regular Wednesday night performers at the 8x10 Club in Baltimore. In the six years since it formed, the band has managed to wangle a standing "residency" at 8x10, land spots on the lineup for high-profile summer festivals and sign with an indie label.


Still, Jacobs said they don't have any visions of grandeur. "Like us being on the cover of Rolling Stone after this," he said.

But the band is getting more comfortable in its own skin. Jacobs said that unlike its first album off Hyena, which was full of guest cameos, the next album will be more of a true-to-form portrayal of the band's persona - "like what you'd hear if you saw us live," Jacobs said.

About The Bridge

City: Baltimore

Genre: Rock

Vocals, guitar: Cris Jacobs

Mandolin, vocal percussion: Kenny Liner

Bass, vocals: Dave Markowitz

Sax: Patrick Rainey

Drums: Mike Gambone

Keyboard: Mark Brown

Influences: Little Feat, The Meters, Los Lobos

Upcoming show: 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Duffy's on Potomac, Hagerstown. Tickets cost $8. Go to to order tickets.

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The Bridge's Cris Jacobs professes band's love for Grateful Dead

The Bridge frontman Cris Jacobs chatted with The Herald-Mail while he was en route to a gig in South Carolina.

So, if you guys could tour with anyone, who would you pick?

Living or dead? We've got to go with living because dead - there are too many to list. We're all huge fans of the band Little Feat. We're also fans of the Grateful Dead, so any Grateful Dead projects. Los Lobos, Gov't Mule.

So, why not? If you had to pick someone who's no longer living, who would it be?

We're all huge fans of Jerry Garcia, we'd have to hang with him for a day or two. There's honestly too many to name.

So, with some of the people you guys have performed with at some of these festivals, do you ever get star struck?

A little bit. We try not to, though. Once you have a conversation with these guys, you realize they're normal people.

I bet with as much as you guys tour, you've got some stories. Got any that we could print?

I guess one would be in New Orleans. Ivan Neville just hopped on the stage. He just started playing the keyboard. Another time on Jam Cruise, we got to perform with Steve Kimock, Jon Fishman, George Porter from The Meters. That was a lot of fun, too.

So, where do you guys see yourselves, 10 years from now?

Hopefully, still making music. I think this band is built on a solid foundation. We're in it for the long haul.

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