Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes

Bluegrass Band from White River Junction, VT - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$800 - $7500 per event
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About
Hi there! Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes is an Acoustic Americana Band that started on the West Coast and is currently based in Vermont. A collaboration between award winning singer-songwriter Jes Raymond and virtuosic fiddle player Jakob Breitbach, we work with a rotating cast of talented believers and play original, bluegrass, old-time, and contemporary music in a modern string band style.

We know how important your wedding day is to you, and we know how hard it is to control all the pieces. You need a professional who cares about the soul of your event in charge of music. Our performance has been honed by 10 years of full time touring, and we know how to move the spirit in a crowd. We were selected "Best of 2017" by GigMasters for our work with New England and Upstate NY weddings.

We want every wedding we play to be an event that reflects the couple's sense of beauty and that guests remember because they felt close to one another. As a string band we have a wide spectrum of sounds and moods that we can create, from delicate and graceful to all out rowdy and boisterous. We can take guests all the way from arrival to dance party, or fill a specific chapter of the day.

We are a perfect fit for outdoor, barn, rustic chic, bohemian, and festival style weddings. We can provide ceremony, cocktail hour, square dancing, and reception music. We are not a "cover band" though we will most certainly play some covers that your guests will know, as well as a handful of special requests in our style. We will bring art, soul, elegance and hootenanny to your day, and our aim will be to make your guests feel the love you have for them, feel connected to each other, and be delighted and inspired by the spirit of your event.

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10+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!

Celebration

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Jes and the Blackberry Bushes were outstanding! Definitely the highlight of our party and our guests still rave about how talented and fun they were. Our event was an extra wedding reception at our lake house in Maine and they were perfect. Professional from the beginning to the end, incredible stage presence with a flawless performance, we couldn’t have been more pleased.

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Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes’s Response:

Thank you so much Olivia! We had a blast playing for y'all. Cheers! Jakob & Jes and The Blackberry Bushes

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Wedding

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From the minute I first discussed our daughter's wedding plans with Jakob - I knew I was going to be in good hands. All emails were responded to quickly and Jakob was willing to take on the role of MC at our reception. Jes has a fantastic voice and the musicians really know their stuff.They were able to learn and play our wedding couple's special song which they played beautifully. I highly recommend them for your special event.

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Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes’s Response:

Thanks you so much Fran and family! We had a blast playing Aaron and Shannon's wedding. Such a lovely day. Glad y'all enjoyed our versions of those special request tunes. Be well and keep in touch. Jakob & Jes and The Blackberry Bushes

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The Blackberry Bushes were perfect for our Vermont country wedding! They had musicians play for the ceremony, cocktail hour and the reception and they learned several requested songs for the event as well. Jakob is the manager and violinist and he was wonderful to work with! And he goes out of his way to make suggestions and help out - for instance we didn't have a mic for the ceremony but he graciously offered to set that up for us since it was outdoors, made a big difference. These guys are all fantastic musicians and people, would definitely recommend!!!

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Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes’s Response:

Thank you Karen and Jed. We had a blast playing your wedding. Great choice on special song requests too! Glad that y'all enjoyed our renditions of those tunes. Be well and keep in touch. Cheers! Jakob & Jes and The Blackberry Bushes

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These folks know how to do it right. They're really communicative, talented, and super easy-going. Definitely recommend them for anyone's event. They were willing to play our ceremony and learn a few cover tunes, which was awesome. They also did a great job jamming out to their own set of songs for cocktail hour. Love these folks!

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We loved Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes. Due to some last minute family issues they scrambled to add some extra musicians. It was great! They were professional and timely in all of their communication and setup for our wedding. We had a very family friendly wedding with over 25 children present. All the kids were out there dancing and having a great time. We loved the music - I wanted to sit their the entire night and listen.

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Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes’s Response:

Thanks and congratulations again to Carl and Alison! We had such a blast playing for y'all. Be well and keep in touch. Jakob & Jes and The Blackberry Bushes.

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Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes played at my wedding reception and did a wonderful job. We wanted to have some structured dancing and they arranged for a caller to be there as well, all while staying within our budget. They are very easy to get in touch with to address any questions or concerns and Jakob was extremely friendly every time I talked to him. And of course I love their music!

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Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes’s Response:

Thanks and congratulations again to Emily and Colin! Their receptions was so much fun to play. Really great group of dancers too! We wish you the best. Be well and keep in touch. Jes & Jakob and The Blackberry Bushes

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WE booked Jes Raymond to play our cocktail hour and ceremony at our wedding this month. Our guests loved the music and they were a great part of our special day. We would absolutely book them again

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Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes’s Response:

We were honored to be a part of Patrick & Megan's mountain top wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. They were a pleasure to work with, as were venue staff. Best wishes to the newlyweds!

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Very courteous and professional, organized, assisted with logistics with timing during reception. Jakob and Jess were great to work with.

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Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes’s Response:

Thank you Diane! It was a real pleasure meeting and working with you all. What a wonderful event. Thanks for including Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes. Cheers! Jakob

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2019
Sep
15
Whiteface Lodge
Lake Placid, NY
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Aug
23
Barrows House Inn
Dorset, VT
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2019
Jun
29
West Mountain Inn
Arlington, VT
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Aug
4
Wedding
Woodstock, VT
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Jul
28
Celebration
Rangeley, ME
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Sep
23
Wedding
Huntington, VT
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Sep
16
Wedding Reception
Perkinsville, VT
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Sep
3
Wedding Reception
Westport, NY
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Sep
2
Wedding Ceremony
Bethlehem, NH
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Aug
25
Wedding
Meredith, NH
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Aug
12
Wedding Reception
Cavendish, VT
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Aug
10
Lebanon Front Porch Concert Series
Lebanon, NH
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Long Journey Home
Traditional
Cash On The Barrelhead
Louvin Brothers
I'm On Fire
Bruce Springsteen
With A Little Help From My Friends
The Beatles
June Apple
Traditional
Orphan Girl
Gillian Welch
Walking Down The Line
Bob Dylan
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Cyndi Lauper
Jerusalem Ridge
Bill Monroe
Little Maggie
Ralph Stanley
Nesser
John Reishman
Ride The wild Turkey
Darol Anger
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Please note Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes will also travel to Hartford, Wilder, West Lebanon, North Hartland, Norwich, Quechee, Lebanon, West Hartford, Hanover, Hartland, Taftsville, Etna, Hartland Four Corners, North Pomfret, Sharon, Cornish, Enfield, East Thetford, Woodstock, Meriden, South Pomfret, South Woodstock, Cornish Flat, Lyme, Thetford Center, Enfield Center, South Strafford, Thetford, West Windsor, Brownsville.
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