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Pressing Strings

Kirby Sybert

Sat, Feb 4
The Lounge at World Cafe Live
Doors: 6:00pm | Show: 8:30pm
$12
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Pressing Strings

Pressing Strings

What was started in a crowded beach house in 2006 has since morphed and grown, and morphed and grown, and morphed and grown some more…and a decade an a half into it, Pressing Strings is as active as ever. Writing, recording, releasing and touring. Singer/bandleader Jordan Sokel reflects on the process “Music is an extension of who I am, what I’m going through, what I’m feeling, who I’m close to–It’s my vent to release and connect to people. It’s always been comforting to me in the best and worst of times and I just want to be able to provide some of that same comfort to others”

Sokel found comfort relatively late in the creative musical process, at age 20, locked into a college major that was longer making sense. His grades were tanking but songs were being written and the choice was made to change course a focus on a life dedicated to making music.

Which at first meant waiting tables, and stocking shelves to make it work—Sokel along with longtime bassist Nick Welker and former drummer Brandon Bartlett played every type of gig, payed their dues and solidified Pressing Strings as a household name in nearby Annapolis, Baltimore, DC, and Maryland’s eastern shore selling burnt cd’s out of an old Samsonite suitcase.

Local radio took notice and began spinning the band’s music and eventually national AAA and non-com stations across the US where the band has consistently landed on top 100 charts. They have been featured on WTMD’s “Top 89 Songs of the Year” 5 times, WRNR’s “Top 103” 4 times and have played major festivals like Firefly, FloydFest, PeachFest and have toured and opened for many acts including Rachel Yamagata, Sam Roberts Band, Rayland Baxter, Jerry Douglas, The Beach Boys etc…

The band’s current lineup features Jordan Sokel (Vocals, Guitar), Nick Welker (Bass, Vocals), and Justin Kruger (Drums, Vocals). They are currently touring and working on new music to be released in Spring/Summer of 2022.

Kirby Sybert

Kirby Sybert

Kirby’s musical adventures have led him around the world, originally from a small town in Pennsylvania he’s traversed from NYC to Nashville to LA and everywhere in between. Kirby creates a vibe that people latch onto. This is reflected in his songs, which are built on hip-shaking grooves, while his lyrics portray a vast set of characters, united in their struggle to be better people in a better world. Because of his intense focus on forging a relationship with his audience, every one of Kirby’s performances is a unique experience. It is simply in his nature; if there is a piano in a room, it will be played, and if there is a person in the room, they will be befriended. The only way to truly understand is to experience it for yourself!