The Treehouse proudly welcomes this wonderful duo (half of which grew up on Bainbridge Island!) June 11!
In 2014 Kirk Nordby and Nick Motil met at a songwriter showcase in San Luis Obispo, CA. Over a bowl of gumbo the two conspired to busk together at the Baywood-Los Osos Farmer’s Market. Upon agreement that two beards are better than one, they became Bear Market Riot (Los Osos means The Bears).
Bear Market Riot is “power-folk” and Americana music from California’s Central Coast. And Kirk grew up on Bainbridge Island (BHS class of 2005!).
The duo blends everything from Folk to Hip-hop into an infectious sound that could only come from two bearded men playing 6 instruments all while keeping a full dance floor satisfied. Nordby and Motil captivate audiences of all-ages with catchy originals, and an arsenal of high-energy originally interpreted covers.
In their first year as a band Bear Market Riot played just about every winery, brewery, venue, and restaurant you could think of in SLO county including appearances at the California Mid-State Fair, Cal Poly University, and Vina Robles Amphitheatre. The duo released their eponymous EP of originals in the summer of 2015. That winter they secured funding through a successful Kickstarter campaign to record a full-length album to be released in late spring/ early summer of 2016. Come see what all the commotion is about!