Acorn Project began with a risk. After nearly a decade, numerous highly-successful studio and live album releases, over 700 performances on the road touring relentlessly, and appearances at prestigious music festivals and events throughout the West, that risk has proven to be more rewarding than anyone could have imagined.
With very little musical boundaries, Acorn Project takes their audience on a unique journey each night. Seamlessly blending deep electro-funk grooves, psychedelic rock, signature soundscapes, and electronic dance music translates to a very unique live experience, one that is filled with the passion brought to the stage at every Acorn performance. That passion is contagious, resulting in the regularly packed houses for this jamtronica act and a high demand tour schedule.
The story of Acorn Project only began like so many others. Sam Lax (saxophone/percussion/producer) and Andy Pritiken (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) met in college while studying at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. The band was born from basement jam session beginnings in 2004. Acorn Project worked fiercely and tirelessly to define their sound locally as a quartet for nearly three years before releasing their first EP Odd His Sleepy Soar in 2006. Following this release, Acorn Project began touring as a Pacific Northwest regional act in an old converted shuttle bus.
Two years later, boasting a robust, polished sound, Acorn Project – now a sextet – released their first full-length album, We’ll Be Fine in 2008 to a series of favorable reviews. We’ll Be Fine took home Bellingham’s prestigious album of the year award in the What’s Up Awards and charted at #5 on jambands.com and #4 on CMJ, making Acorn Project the new electro-funk band on every critic’s radar.
Acorn Project continued touring feverishly, expanding their region along the West Coast, mountain states, and the Southwest earning devotion from their fans with their addictive live performances and impressive light show. The band has shared billing with names including String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, STS9, EOTO, Papadosio, Kyle Hollingsworth, Juno What?!, David Grisman, JGB and Sam Bush. Acorn Project released their sophomore effort, Generation Debt, in 2010, which debuted at #1 on Relix Magazinge and jambands.com national radio chart index, taking home their second album of the year award and continuing their critical acclaim.