Buy Erik's Debut CD "SEAS"

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Erik R.Jensen's debut CD "SEAS" releases June 1st

Erik R. Jensen Debut CD: SEAS Releases on CDbaby June 1st. Please support Erik in his musical adventure by checking out his debut CD – SEAS. At just 15, he has created an amazing and very enjoyable set of 15 songs that he wrote, performed, recorded and produced himself. This outstanding project will debut on CDbaby on June 1st and will also be available on I-tunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and Spotify. On June 1st, just search for Erik R. Jensen and you will find his page on most sites. His album cover, art and layout were all done by his older sister Haley, who is an amazing artist in her own right currently a freshman at UC Santa Cruz. You can also check out her art blog at: An article has been written about Erik and will come out on June 1st in the Presidio Sentinel. It was written by local musician and writer, Richard Cone, who has seen Erik & I perform in Encinitas as was amazed at his abilities as a young musician. Please check out the June issue at: Erik’s web pages on CDbaby: (All proceeds from the sale of Erik's CD will go toward initially to pay for this project and then profits will go into his college fund and expenses related to his music!) Album Listing - Artist Page - ErikRJensen ***If you are local, we are having a CD Release Party for Erik at D-Street Bar & Grille in Encinitas on Thursday June 21st from 6-9pm. All ages are welcome and there is no cover charge. Erik will be performing songs off his CD + covers with guest musicians which may include local guitarist Jeff Moore, Sax man Jerome Dawson, Pat Livingston on drums, Dad on bass and members of Erik’s teen band “Dain Bramage” & other local players. We will have copies of his CD & posters for sale as well as a great menu available at D Street. Please come out to support Erik if you can and be ready for a very memorable evening with a talented young musician! About Erik R. Jensen: Erik started playing music at age 6. I thought he was aspiring to be a bass player like his dad, but told me he wanted to play guitar, so I handed him my acoustic guitar and a how-to book and said “go for it.” Without any instruction, he found a website that taught him the chords for Green Day’s “Time of your life” and in 1 rainy afternoon was able to play it all the way through. I knew right then that he had a great musical gift. He progressed steadily, teaching himself for a while and when I saw he was dedicated to learning the guitar, I started him in lessons with Jeff Moore. He took off and thanks to the foundation Jeff laid, he has great skill and touch with his playing. Erik transposed what he learned on guitar over to keyboards and began writing more music. He has since taught himself, Ukulele, upright bass and to play his family heirloom Hammond B3 Organ. He had great percussion instruction from Dennis Rota and plays some of the drum tracks on his CD himself. Erik was invited to play with Jerome Dawson & Wazabe Blue after showing his guitar prowess at one of their rehearsals. Now he has an open invitation to sit in with the band and at his last show got a standing ovation for his guitar work on Stormy Monday by the Wazabe Blue fans. Erik writes, arranges, plays and records all his songs at home in our small make shift studio. He has also begun to add lyrics and vocals to his compositions, now that his adolescent voice is cooperating and his lead track “Black Crow” gives the listener a taste of his lyrical ability, which will likely expand on subsequent albums. Erik is a natural musician who creates melodies that stick in your brain and truly he understands how to structure a song, far beyond his 15 years. He does all this while being a freshman in high school, getting good grades, being on the water polo & swim teams and being a good kid. It is truly my pleasure to have been able to support him in producing this debut album, which I know is only the tip of his musical iceberg. Go Fluffy! Reece C. Jensen (Dad & bass player)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PUre CONtrast!!!

CONtrast rocked the Feb 21st Mixer for the New Encinitas Business Network at Pure Integrative Medicine in Encinitas in the L.A. Fitness center. It was a great affair with yummy food, well attended and we played several new cover's and originals by Erik that were well received. Everyone had a fantastic time and we were called by someone who saw us, to play another show in April....NICE>>>>
See you all at the next CONtrast Show!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CONtrast for 2012!!!

Happy New Year!
Now that the new year is upon us, Erik and I will be playing several gigs in North County. He is finishing up his first CD, with a tentative release date in April.
I will be posting our new gig info in the next week and hope to see you all there.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Erik puts Good Karma Points in the Bank at Senior Home!!!

Erik had an impromtu show today at the Alta Vista Manor Senior Home in Vista. We had gone up to see his Grandparents who live there and I made sure he brought his guitar & Uke. The piano they had was too far out of tune for him to construct any good music, but once he started playing his guitar the activity room filled with 15 or so people and he entertained them for about 30 min. There were lots of smiles and some very proud Grandparents. He did a fanstastic job with a tough crowd and I promised next time I would bring my bass and we would take it up a notch or two.
Making older folks smile is major "Good Karma Points" in the bank!!!
Great job Erik!

Monday, August 8, 2011

CONTrast at PEETS...Music, Coffee and Fun!

Thanks to all who came out to see us Friday at Peets Coffee. We had a lot of fun and Erik played several new original songs that were well recieved by the crowd.
Thanks to Peets for having us and we'll see you at the next GIG!!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

CONtrast Rocks out at CHRONIC Tacos!!!

Last Thursday was a perfect summer evening in Encinitas with warm temps, blue skies, CONtrast pumping the music out into the night and plenty of delicioso Tacos to be had by all. Thanks to Mike Andreen of the New Encinitas Business Network and Joe Vahedi & Brett Williams of Chronic Tacos for having Erik and I provide music for such a fun & filling event.
Have a great rest of the summer and we will see you all in August at the next NEBN Event...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CONtrast at Chronic Tacos - New Encinitas Business Network July Mixer!!!

CONtrast has our next gig for the New Encinitas Business Network on Th. 7/28 5:30 to 7:00pm at Chronic Tacos...Time to turn up the Rock & Reggae and bring all of Encinitas down for some great music and great food.
See you there

Friday, June 3, 2011

Wireless WORKED!!!

Despite some construction and an overcast evening, CONtrast rocked the shopping center at the New Encinitas Network mixer at Wireless Works on El Camino Real. The food was amazing and fun was had by all. Next month's bash will be a the French Pastry Cafe and will mark their 5th anniversary in business. Don't miss this great event and support for local business in New Encinitas...AND YES, CONtrast will be there pumping out the great music and entertainment!!! See you there!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Get Wired with CONtrast!!!

CONtrast is playing for the NEW ENCINITAS BUSINESS NETWORK monthly mixer at Wireless Works Thursday May 26th, 5:30 to 7:30pm. Anyone is welcome, but if you want food/beverage, it will be available for a $10 charge.
CONTrast will play a variety of orginal & popular music as usual and get the crowd moving while we check out what great things Wireless works has to offer..Don't forget about the raffle at the end where some very cool services are given away every month..Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Great Show at Coyotes!!!

Wazabe Blue along with Reece Jensen on Bass and Erik Jensen on guitar rocked Coyotes Bar & Grill last night to a packed house. Erik got a standing ovation for his guitar work on Ain't No Sunshine and the dance floor was full til we had to shut it down at 9:00pm. Jerrome Dawson on Sax, Wayne Thames on Keys, Byron Jones on Percussion & Mike Magee on drums put on an amazing show as usual.
If you didn't see us last night...Don't miss the next one!!