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    Jimmy Eat Jerk House: Rock band puts on a show for residents of GTMO

    Jimmy Eat Jerk House

    Photo By Pvt. Kourtney Grimes | Lead singer and guitarist of Jimmy Eat World, Jim Adkins wows the crowd at Naval...... read more read more



    Story by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes 

    Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs

    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Familiar tunes of the early 2000s blared through the speakers at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay’s Tiki Bar as Jimmy Eat World, a rock band from Mesa, Arizona, performed for their GTMO fans Saturday. This Fourth of July weekend concert, paired with dinner catered by GTMO’s local restaurant, the Jerk House, was of the many events offered to celebrate freedom in the company of those who most cherish it.

    With its small start in 1993, the band of teenagers began with the release of a demo tape with a punk rock sound. Since then, Jimmy Eat World has released eight studio albums, numerous chart-topping singles, and toured U.S. and Europe.

    Now, on their first Armed Forces Entertainment tour through the Caribbean, which includes stops in the Bahamas, Cuba and Honduras, the band noticed a stark difference between the audiences of previous gigs to their shows for Service members.

    “There’s a different energy than like your typical club,” said Jim Adkins, lead singer and guitarist. “Everyone’s really positive, really into it and you can sense that. As a performer, you sort of feed on that.”

    The band took the time to meet and greet those who came early and received valuable insight from their fans.

    “I’ve talked to a few people who’ve said they’ve seen us in all sorts of different cities around the U.S., so that’s cool,” said Tom Linton, guitarist.

    Joint Task Force Soldier Spc. Andrea Nein fell into the category that Linton spoke of, as she saw them in concert while in her home state of Arizona.

    “I was excited and was shocked that they would come to Cuba. Cool that they put on a show for Soldiers,” said Nein. “It was really good, and I liked that they took the time after the show to talk and sign autographs.”

    Warriors packed into the patio behind the Tiki Bar that night to get a show from the band, and among them was Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Baldaramos with the Joint Task Force Post Office, who was not disappointed.

    “I think the band’s performance was stellar,” said Baldaramos. “Their energy had the crowd going to the end, and I thought it was awesome that they ended with their popular songs. I think it left a lasting impression.”



    Date Taken: 07.10.2014
    Date Posted: 07.10.2014 16:26
    Story ID: 135768
    Location: GUANTANAMO BAY , CU 

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