Voted a finalist for New York State’s top up and coming rock band, Baked Shrimp has established a name for themselves across the eastern half of the United States. In just four years the high-energy rock trio has performed multiple extensive tours, released three albums, and is a name well-known in the festival circuit. Baked Shrimp has billed with artists such as Dweezil Zappa, Lotus, Spafford, moe., Ghost-Note, Twiddle, Kung Fu, Mark Letteri, Aqueous, Mungion, and more on festivals such as Great South Bay Music Festival (NY), Karnival of the Arts (PA), Adirondack Independence Music Festival (NY), and more. The band has featured sit-ins by Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey (Twiddle), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Mike Gantzer (Aqueous), and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. Baked Shrimp is rapidly making new fans outside of their home-base of New York on their tours which land them as north as Maine, as west as Indiana, and as south as Alabama. The trio keeps it fresh from night to night with a catalogue of over one-hundred songs of original material. They are consistently asked back by venues and fans across the country.
In November of 2020, the band was struck with tragedy upon hearing the news their most loyal supporter and ambassador, Lon Gellman had suddenly passed away. Baked Shrimp made it their band goal to honor his legacy in all the ways they could think of. The first thing the band did in 2021 was put together a virtual music festival live stream called “Live for Lon” which featured a live Baked Shrimp set in addition to performances submitted by Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Andy Frasco, and more. The event raised $2,700 for White Light Foundation. During the stream, Baked Shrimp announced the plans for their first ever music festival which was called “LonCon,” and took place over the course of two days at legendary Arrowhead Ranch in August of 2021. The festival was a great success and the band plans to make it an annual tradition.
On March 26th, 2021, Baked Shrimp released their second studio album, Conscious. The ten-track album brought the band’s sound to a whole new level with added layers of horns, synthesizers, and strings. Conscious received quick praise by major media outlets such as LiveForLiveMusic, Grateful Web, The Sound Podcast with Ira Haberman, and more. Following the release of Conscious, the trio teamed up with PR Manager Greg Knight, who in the same role for Goose followed their epochal rise to national acclaim.
Baked Shrimp is fresh off a nearly 40-date 2021 Summer Tour in which the band broke new ground and added an overwhelming surge to their increase in popularity. With little time off, the trio heads back to the road for a Fall Tour which includes a milestone performance at New York City’s legendary Brooklyn Bowl.
Jared Cowen (Guitarist/Vocalist)
Jared Cowen, born on April 29th, 1998 is the lead guitarist, vocalist, primary songwriter, and tour manager for Baked Shrimp. Cowen began studying music at age four, and began composing music not long after. Cowen is responsible for many of Baked Shrimp’s more complex compositions such as “Down the Drain,” “Tulu,” “Rosa,” and more. Throughout his early life he studied jazz and won awards as a guitarist on County and State levels. When Cowen founded Baked Shrimp in 2017, he began to take an interest in the music business side of the industry, and took on the responsibility of booking, promoting, and managing the band’s tours and performances. Cowen graduated SUNY College at Oneonta in 2019 with a degree in Music Industry. Cowen still continuously writes music, teaches, and is always planning Baked Shrimp’s next move towards success.
Scott Reill (Bassist/Vocalist)
Born and raised on Long Island, Scott Reill picked up the bass in elementary school. Self-taught without any teachers, he would sit down and play along to songs by Pink Floyd and The Beatles for hours on end. Reill is also influenced by Phish, The Clash, and Victor Wooten. Jared Cowen had known Reill through mutual friends, and asked him if he wanted to play bass for a one-night stand with Cowen’s side project band. Reill overachieved expectations and was asked to be the bassist in Baked Shrimp.
Jager Soss (Drummer/Vocalist)
Long Island born and raised, Jager Soss at the age of 20 lives and breathes rhythm. Early on it was apparent that Soss was intended to play the drums. When discussing the first time he sat down and picked up a pair of sticks he says “I knew what I was going to chase for the rest of time.” Soss has been fortunate enough to have shared the stage with the likes of George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band), Kenny Brooks (Rat Dog), Robert Walter (Mike Gordon Band), and has even worked with Debbie Gibson. Soss continues to learn and grow everyday as a musician.