Hunter and The Dirty Jacks comprise a virtual all-star cast of Los
Angeles and Orange County-area musicians that have been playing
locally and regionally for over ten years apiece. Fronted by lead
singer and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Ackerman, and anchored by Jon
Siembieda and Carmelo Bonaventura on guitar, Aaron Barnes on bass,
Brian Lara on drums, and Moana Avvenenti on background vocals, the
Dirty Jacks put forth an extremely high energy, emotionally compelling
performance coupled with a rare combination of soulful originals and
The sound is rock and roll with a bluesy edge, ala the
Black Keys, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes, and The Rival Sons. The band
is very seasoned for all players being in the late 20s and early 30s.
The Dirty Jacks debuted at House of Blues Sunset Strip on 9/29/12 to a
resounding success and haven't looked back since. Since, the band has
gone on several tours, has several tours lined up in 2014, and also
has established a critically-acclaimed weekly residency that started
at the beginning of 2013 at Harvelle's in Santa Monica, where all of
the admission proceeds and a portion of drink sales benefit feeding
the hungry in Santa Monica, as well as teaching foster children music.
The bandmates have experience playing several casinos in and out of
state (Fantasy Springs Rock Yard, Avi Casino, Blue Lake Casino, Bear
River Casino, Tropicana Casino, Cher-ae Heights Casino, Feather Falls
Casino, as examples), House of Blues Sunset, House of Blues Anaheim,
Saint Rocke, Coach House, Harvelle's, Observatory, Detroit Bar, The
Press, Still Water, Whisky a Go Go, Viper Room, and many other venues.
Acclaimed, world-class blues/rock guitar legends Coco Montoya, Eric
Sardinas, Phil Gates, and Jimmy Vivino have come down and sat in to
jam with the band all within the last several months.
have collectively shared bills with bands of the likes of Tommy
Castro, Eric Sardinas, Dave Mason, Walter Trout, Cinderella, Led
Zepagain, Wayward Sons, Wild Child, War, and many others. The band
has also had extensive press to date - (it) Magazine, ShockBoxTV, 88.1
FM KKJZ, 100.3 FM The Sound L.A., Whoa Magazine, Influentza Magazine,
Blues Rock Review, Music On The Left, Santa Monica Mirror, Southland
Blues Magazine, Patch, The Argonaut Newspaper, LAnightlife.com, Cliché
Magazine, American Blues Scene, Skope Magazine, and 88.9 FM KUCI.