Eclectic Approach to perform Nov. 7 at Kamiakin High

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldOctober 31, 2013 

The guys with Eclectic Approach are making a stop on their West Coast tour for a couple of hometown gigs.

The pop/rock band's first performance is Nov. 7 for a fundraiser for the Youth Suicide Prevention Program in the Kamiakin High auditorium in Kennewick. Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

The fundraiser is organized by Kamiakin High student Macie Briggs as part of her senior project.

Then on Nov. 8, the band heats things up at Jokers in Richland. Showtime is 9 p.m. Also appearing with Eclectic Approach at Jokers will be Goodnight Argent and Tommy Cassidy.

Since making their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live last year, the guys have been popping up across the country on tour and recording a new album.

"This has been the most successful year of our career," said Ryan Jander, Eclectic's guitarist. "We're working with new management, and we feel like we have the people around us who can take us to the next level."

The band was happy to help out Macie's school project, Jander added.

The proceeds for that show will go to the Youth Suicide Prevention Program, which works to reduce the youth suicide attempts and deaths in the state, he said.

The group also recently finished shooting a music video in the Tri-Cities for their new song Midnight.

"We are really stoked about it," Jander said. "We asked for fan suggestions of what to do in the video, and we got some pretty awesome ideas."

A year ago, the band caught a break when they won the top prize in the OurStage.com competition, which led to their the appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

That exposure opened up opportunities for tour dates across the country, as well as recording sessions in Nashville.

"After the Kimmel performance, we took a few months to write and do preproduction for our new EP Break the Floor," Jander said. "During that time we ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised more than $20,000."

They used that to record their next album in Nashville with record producer Brandon Metcalf.

Eclectic Approach spent this past summer touring festivals and gigs on the West Coast, opening for The Spin Doctors, John Butler Trio and Macklemore.

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