What if Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, and John Prine took turns fronting the Allman Brothers Band on one of their jazzier nights with special guests from the Grateful Dead and The Band filling in? That's The Elect! An experienced, musically talented six piece Jam/Rock Band based out of the Midwest - Indiana. The Elect is an electrifying, soulful band with a spicy southern draw that delivers a musical punch! Unique Midwestern Rock n’ Roll with an acoustic sting that leaves the audience and listeners thirsting for another sip. The sound breaks the traditional mold of today’s Jam/Rock Bands by combining the best of multiple genres including the story-telling of folk, the heart of blues, and the high-energy of Rock n’ Roll. The Elect creates an electrifying, feel-good, moving jam experience that will not be forgotten. Local newspaper publications, radio, television networks, and Indie and Major Record companies have all recognized the unique sound, feel, and musicianship of The-Elect.
The-Elect has played many large Midwestern upscale venues including, but not limited to: The Vogue, The Patio, Rathskeller, Phoenix Hill Tavern, Bill Monroe Music Park, The Music Mill and much more.
Newspapers, radio and television have all recognized the unique sound, feel, and musicianship of The Elect.
Appeared on and reviewed by:
FOX59 AM show
Indianapolis Star and News
92.3 WTTS FM
94.7 WFBQ FM
101.9 WKLU FM
Elect BIO Facts
“A CANDIDATE WORTH ELECTING. . . . Hints of jam-rock come out, but the group really nails what matters – a tight-knit sound around lead singer Michael Weir’s gritting and spirited delivery.”
- Chronicle-Tribune March 5, 2005
“These guys rock!”
- Kevin McCreery, Tantric – March 11, 2005
“The Elect: I'll pop in their self-titled album when I want mellow, night music. It has the right amount of groove and a good mix of acoustic and electric guitar. The band really shines on their 6½-minute track, Sunshine in the Moonlight, with tight playing that accentuates Michael Weir's vocal prowess. And they can cut loose on jams, such as every body Knows and Black Water.”
- Randy Setter, Chronicle-Tribune – March 15, 2005
“The 11 songs of “The Elect” resemble the wide-reaching resume of a band at the top of its game. Commonly filed under the heading of “jam” act akin to the Grateful Dead or the Why Store, the Elect covers enough earthy ground to collect fans of Van Morrison and the Band.”
- Review of “The Elect” CD by Dave Lindquist, Indianapolis Star – March 25, 2005
'The Elect serves up a delightful dose of good old country rock and southern tunes. My favorite of [the recently released self-titled CD] was the third track which held true to [the band's] originality. That song just makes me want to grab a beer with my buddies and rock out. The piano part of that song is fantastic and adds a different sort of quality . . . that helps it stand apart from the rest of the cd.'
- Ryan Hoffer, Shut Eye Records & Agency
'The self-titled disc is a great collection of pop songs, tastefully recorded and performed. Michael Weir has developed into a great songwriter and the band has matured well.'
- Steve Hammer, NUVO Newsweekly - October 5-12, 2005
“Indiana’s Best Kept Secret;” “Winning sound and style;” “Innately sincere, hardworking Midwestern rock music that tickles the brain as well as engages the dancin’ feet.”
- Nuvo Newsweekly
“Great vocal abilities and tasty guitar style”
The Elect performed concerts and festivals with the following regional and national acts:
Pat DiNizio (Lead singer of The Smithereens)
Deep Banana Blackout
Blue ground Undergrass
Members of Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit
The Why Store
Ray’s Music Exchange
Victor Wooten Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Victor Wooten F. U. N. K. All Stars
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
The Elect’s Musical Inspirations:
The Allman Brothers
The Black Crowes