Matt Jennings

Matt Jennings' latest album H.O.P.E. was released in the summer of 2014. With sparse instrumentation consisting of nylon-string guitar, ukulele, bass, and percussion (all played by Jennings), the sound could be described as flamenco reggae. The songwriting on H.O.P.E. is concise and honest, coming from a place of sincerity and hope. 

Jennings grew up in Pittsburgh mimicking hard rock guitarists and honing his songwriting skills from an early age. After moving to Minneapolis for college, he studied abroad in Mexico and later taught English in China. In Mexico, he was entranced by the sound of mariachi trumpeters and violinists practicing on the streets. And he learned the basic techniques of mariachi guitar firsthand from a man named Nacho. In China, he played in a live karaoke band and a Chinese hard rock band, while spending countless hours watching the South China Sea out his apartment window with a $20 Kapok acoustic guitar in his hands. After soaking in how these different cultures use rhythm and melody, he transformed his hard rock and folk roots into an international yet highly personal style of music that could be described as flamenco reggae. 

Since returning from abroad Jennings has self-released three albums and one EP. He has toured the continent extensively, sharing the stage with acts such as Donavon Frankenreiter, Nick Hexum (of 311), Anuhea, Paul Cannon Band, Dengue Fever, Bombino, Zee Avi, Terraplane Sun, Seun Kuti & Egypt '80, Ozomatli, Orgone, Locos por Juana, and Los Amigos Invisibles. His self-titled EP was released in 2011. It is produced by Adam Topol (Culver City Dub Collective, The Living Room, Jack Johnson) and features members of Ozomatli, CAVA, and Dengue Fever.

Past Shows


Jul
6
th
2019
7th St Entry
Jul
6
th
2019
7th St Entry

The Mattson 2

with Matt Jennings
Feb
7
th
2018
Turf Club
Feb
7
th
2018
Turf Club

Nate Staniforth

with Matt Jennings
Aug
9
th
2016
7th St Entry
Aug
9
th
2016
7th St Entry

Sam Outlaw

with Matt Jennings and Molly Parden
Jul
10
th
2015
Triple Rock Social Club
Jul
10
th
2015
Triple Rock Social Club

The Green

with Matt Jennings
Jun
15
th
2015
7th St Entry
Jun
15
th
2015
7th St Entry

Jeremy Loops

with Matt Jennings and KEVIN FLUEGEL
Feb
12
th
2015
7th St Entry
Feb
12
th
2015
7th St Entry

Zach Heckendorf

with Matt Jennings
Mar
26
th
2014
7th St Entry
Mar
26
th
2014
7th St Entry

PigPen Theatre Co.

with The Spring Standards and Matt Jennings
Mar
17
th
2012
7th St Entry
Mar
17
th
2012
7th St Entry

Orgone

with Matt Jennings and DJ DEREK OLSON
Oct
5
th
2011
Triple Rock Social Club
Oct
5
th
2011
Triple Rock Social Club

Zee Avi

with Matt Jennings

More Shows

Dec
2
nd
7th St Entry

Savage Ga$p

with Kamaara and supachefm
Nov
15
th
7th St Entry

Dora Jar

Oct
20
th
Turf Club

KEN mode

with Frail Body and Feral Light
Nov
18
th
Fine Line