The Ward Eights are a band born in the audio department of Harmonix, the cutting edge video game developer behind games such as Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Dance Central. We’ve spent the last few years making killer music video games together, and now, in addition to that, we’re bringing that same passion for music, musical authenticity, and, most of all, fun to the stage. We’re co-workers, great friends and serious professional musicians (who don’t take ourselves too seriously).
The Ward Eights are a 9-piece funk band including male and female vocalists, trumpet, tenor sax, bari sax, keys, guitar, bass and drums, but we can do a full dance night with as few as 6 musicians for smaller events. If you’re planning a wedding and want music for your ceremony and cocktail hour in addition to your reception, we have a plan for that too. Between the 9 of us, we cover a lot of musical ground. Pretty much anything from classical to jazz to polka (yes, tuba and all), we can do it.
Jill McCracken is an indie songstress that thrives on classic pop and soul. Hailing from Buffalo and hopping all over upstate New York, she has now landed in Somerville, MA for keeps. Her catalog of original songs over the past 10 years have evolved from an indie rock upbringing to a soulful pop sound that draws inspiration from Lake Street Dive, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and of course, The Beatles. Constantly voicing tales of misadventures and love of all kinds, Jill’s performance is intimate, sincere, and unrelenting. Backed by her long time friend and musical partner Kevin Ewer (drums), these two are delighted to have recently added Jim Horvath (guitar), Jake Goldman (guitar) and Brendan Duran (bass) to the lineup.