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thursday, november 14th

fort atlantic


$10/adv $12/door

November 14, 2019 07:30 PM until November 14, 2019 09:30 PM

Eight years into his career, Jon Black felt constrained working under his own name. His

music had outgrown his singer-songwriter project, so he released an album of new

material under the name FORT ATLANTIC.

The debut surpassed every expectation: over 10M streams, and more than 6M views

on YouTube. Black plotted his next steps.

A cross-country move took him from Birmingham, AL to Portland, OR. He put a band

together, and went on tour. Soon they had new material, bigger and bolder still.

Recorded in a secret location on the Oregon coast, SHADOW SHAKER, VOL. 1 tells of

perseverance in the face of unrelenting trials. Crashing waves of cymbals and guitars

frame lush forests of analog synths, mirroring the landscape of Black’s adopted home.

Primal motifs in the lyrics (darkness, water, sunlight) evoke the anxieties of life in 21st-

century America, themes that presaged the storms to come.

In 2015, the band was abruptly dropped from their label, the newly-completed record

still unreleased.

As old plans were scrapped and new plans hatched, Black’s pregnant wife went into

emergency labor. They spent two long months in the NICU. Those songs of

perseverance and hope, recorded for the rejected album just six months prior, were

newly visceral.

The album was released on the band’s own Hot Garbage label in October 2017. The

video for Bathed In Sunlight has received critical praise and is an Official Selection in

the 2018 Raindance Film Festival (UK), Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and a

few smaller festivals around the US.

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