BRIAN KIRK AND THE JIRKS IS...
Brian Kirk- guitar/vocals
David Pershan- guitar/vocals
Kristin Grassi- vocalist
Dan Lotito- bass/vocals
Bryan Douglas- keys/vocals
Tom Cottone- drums
Tyrone Fredericks Jr.- saxophone/rapper
Joel Mikulyak- trombone/vocals
Matthew Cochran- trumpet/backing vocals
Formed in the early 1990s, Brian Kirk & The Jirks are one of the only bands in the East Coast circuit who can boast an impressive career spanning almost 2 decades! The secret of this success lies within 2 basic characteristics: 1) an amazing roster of musicians and 2) Brian's ideals of having fun with the audience instead of performing to the audience. As other bands come and go, Brian Kirk & The Jirks continually set the standard with tons of experience while thinking outside of the box.
Behind the flashing lights, photoshopped pictures, and fashion trends lies the foundation of live shows: good music. This is where The Jirks shine. Brian has enlisted an all star cast of musicians that play with maturity, originality, accuracy, and pure love of the art form. Along with Brian is the incredible singing of David Pershan and Kristin Grassi, backed by thick vocal harmonies and multiple instrumentation including a 3 piece horn section. BK&J have the ability to play an extremely diverse repertoire of songs complete with killer solos and great groove. This allows the band to walk into virtually any situation and play what's needed, whether it be rock, funk, pop, hip hop, swing, jazz, oldies, or modern songs. Whatever the style, Brian Kirk & The Jirks play it and play it well!
On top of this musical foundation is a weapon no one else has: Brian Kirk himself! With his hilarious antics and infectious personality, Brian has been gaining fans for almost 20 years! Constant audience interaction is what it's all about with him and this sets Brian apart from most front men. Another unique technique he uses is not writing a set list. Instead Brian calls songs based on the crowd in front of him and more importantly from requests he gets. Fans are treated more like friends and not just spectators. The audience is part of the show and this allows a stronger bond between the band and its fans.
The diversity, originality, and basic know how of such a seasoned band makes Brian Kirk & The Jirks the ideal band for clubs, weddings, corporate/private functions, or any other situation where you need a fun band to throw a great time!
Brian Kirk & The Jirks Accomplishments:
-Kirk & the Jirks performed on Good Day New York with Steven Van Zandt on December 12, 2012
-Named "an institution of the NJ Shore" by Rosanna Scott on Good Day New York (12/12/12)
-Featured not once but twice on TLC's Four Weddings.
-Broke their own record at the 2012 Sandy Hook Concert Series with 11,000 in attendance
-Set the record at the Sandy Hook Concert Series 2011 with 8,000 in attendance
-Voted #1 band and #1 weekly event in the 2001 issue of Night and Day
-Voted #1 band in readers pole of the Asbury Park Press
-Performed with Bruce Springsteen at Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright NJ -(Ya got to see the video's if you haven't already )
-Released two original CD’s which have sold over 6,000 copies. In 1999 an original song of Kirk & the Jirks was the #1 requested song on the Z-100 morning show
-Appeared on VH-1’s Cover Wars
-Were profiled on Lifetime Television’s, The Men’s Room
-Appeared on Food Nation with Bobby Flay
-Appeared on Channel 12’s Jersey Talking
-Have headlined with current national artists Tonic and Better Than Ezra
-Performed for Former Governor Florio at a foundation benefit
-Performed with Bernard "Pretty" Purdie & T.M. Stevens , legendary drummer and bassist from the James Brown band.
-Named MTV's unofficial cover band
-Performed in New Orlean's for MTV
-Most importantly- Bruce likes us