Scary Pockets are a rotating roster of world class musicians who release live funk reimaginations of familiar songs every week.
Since their first recording session in 2017, Scary Pockets have released 300+ videos that have been watched over 234 million times on YouTube for over 540 million minutes. Their songs have been streamed 117 million times on Spotify by 570,000 monthly listeners.
Scary Pockets’ 200+ collaborators (so far) include all-stars like Larry Goldings, John Scofield, Joey Waronker, Darren King, Sean Hurley, James Gadson, Darren Criss, Antwaun Stanley, Judith Hill, Bruno Major, Reeve Carney, Derek Hough, Bill Wurtz, Theo Katzman, Rachael Price, Lizzy McAlpine, and Joshua Radin, to name a few.
This Scary Pockets lineup consists of Pockets fan favorites Mario Jose (vocals), Therese Curatolo (vocals), Nick Campbell (bass), Swatkins (talkbox, keys) Kyle Crane (drums), Ryan Lerman (guitar), and organist Jake Sherman. The show will also feature an opening performance by Jake Sherman.
Born in Boston, Jake Sherman learned classical piano by listening to his father play Bach every morning. If not for an intervention – stumbling upon the catalog of Weird Al Yankovic at 11 years old – he would have followed in his father’s path or perhaps become a jazz purist. But Weird Al changed everything. Jake started a parody band and sang his newly-written lyrics to classics like “All Star” by Smashmouth and “Men in Black” by Will Smith, along with composing new family classics such as “Amy, You’re Turning 49” and “Charles, Charles Sherman.”
Fast forward some years beyond his time studying at Berklee College of Music and it’s clear Jake has found a way to combine his appreciation of great songwriting with his piano/organ-playing prowess. He has become a go-to musician on recordings, and tours for artists including Meshell Ndegeocello, Bilal, Emily King, Blood Orange, Benny Sings, Doyle Bramhall II, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Andrew Bird and Nick Hakim. Everything from gospel heavyweight Doobie Powell’s “Close to You” to Chance the Rapper’s Grammy-winning song “No Problem” includes Jake’s work.
More recently, while based in Brooklyn, Jake has re-tapped his well of musicality and songmaking to create his upcoming album, Jake Sherman Gets Sexy. Due March 2020, the album is a journey through modern dating and relationships, with a point of view that is somehow both poignant and Weird Al-esque.
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