The Loomers are a band of friends who have been passionate about making music an integral part of our hectic, full-time lives for almost 25 years. Our songbook is a trip through the American musical landscape –– infused with the classic sounds of driving rock, heartland folk, rock & soul, and retro-1980s pop –– filled with the joy, hope, sorrow and wonder of growing older.
Our musical family has expanded over the years. These days it’s comprised of JON SVETKEY (acoustic guitar, lead vocals, songs), EVERETT PENDLETON (electric guitar, harmony vocals), JACK CAVALIER (bass guitar, harmony vocals), MICHAEL CAHILL (drums), ROB LAURENS (keyboards), HEATHER QUAY (harmony vocals), and TOM SIMONS (electric guitar). Occasionally some of our incredible friends — like Jeff Isen (guitar, mandolin, trombone), Jakub Trasak (violin), Josh Kantor (keyboards) or Jim Wooster (electric guitar) — will sit in with us.
Some cool things we’ve been lucky enough to do over the years: we backed John Mellencamp at a party at the 2004 Democratic National Convention; performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fenway Park, The House of Blues, Club Passim, The Somerville Theatre, and CBGBs, among many venues; and, we won the Berklee College Of Music “Battle Of The Executive Bands” twice. We’ve released five albums — Reeling Down A Road (2010), Tomorrow Today (2006), SHINE (2004), Simple As That (1998) and escalation(1997) — and our songs have been played on CBS, Cinemax, MTV, NBC, & PBS, as well as internationally online and on cable. We have been immensely honored to have performed at events that have raised tens of thousands of dollars for charities big and small.
Back in the 1990s, before his current job as stay-at-home dad to two beautiful children, Jon headlined at dozens of folk clubs, colleges and coffeehouses throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Club Passim, The Bluebird Cafe, Eddie’s Attic, Caffe Lena, Canal Street Tavern, Cafe Carpe, The Blue Moon Coffeehouse at Illinois Wesleyan, Skidmore College, WPI, Brandeis University and Indiana University is just a partial list.
He shared co-bills and “writers-in-the-round” nights with the likes of Kristian Bush, Shawn Mullins, Peirce Pettis, Dar Williams, Jonatha Brooke, Martin Sexton and Carrie Newcomer. He was privileged to open for legendary songwriters like Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, John Wesley Harding, Peter Case, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler and David Mallett.
With Ellis Paul, Jim Infantino and Brian Doser, he founded End Construction Productions, the seminal songwriter’s collective that is widely regarded as the catalyst for the resurgence of the New England folk scene in the early 1990s. Jon’s first two solo albums, this is NOW and yeahyeahyeah, received tons of airplay on folk radio stations, as well as excellent reviews from critics and fans alike. His last solo album, Take A Breath, — a live-in-one-take, career-up-to-that-moment retrospective of sorts — was released in 2004.
Jon has also sung, or played guitar, on albums by Ellis Paul, Don Conoscenti, and Jim Infantino to drop just a few names. He has written a bunch of songs with folksinger Don White. He also sings in a folk duo called THE YELLOW ROOM with his wife, Heather Quay.