Baked Shrimp

Since forming in 2017, the high-octane power funk trio Baked Shrimp has become a top up-and-coming artist in the festival circuit. The energetic and improvisational young talents of Jared Cowen (Guitar/Vocals), Scott Reill (Bass/Vocals), and Jager Soss (Drums/Vocals) from Long Island, NY have built a catalog of over 150 original songs which they cycle through night after night, making every performance unique from the last. The band is coming off a groundbreaking 2022 in which they performed over 120 concerts covering nearly half the United States, as well as a debut performance in Canada. Baked Shrimp has provided direct support for artists such as the Disco Biscuits, Pink Talking Fish, Aqueous, Mihali (from Twiddle), Kung Fu, Consider the Source, and more. They have welcomed on stage special guests featuring members of Goose, Dopapod, Twiddle, Big Something, Brandon Niederauer Band, and Slightly Stoopid. Baked Shrimp is also quickly climbing higher on major festival lineups including Peach Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, Great South Bay Music Festival, Adirondack Independence Music Festival, Catskill Mountain Jubilee, and even host their own festival in Upstate New York called LonCon.

Baked Shrimp founded LonCon in 2021 following the passing of their most loyal supporter and ambassador, Lon “Conscious” Gellman. The inaugural festival featuring live music, art, and two nights of camping took place in August of 2021 at legendary Arrowhead Ranch in Parksville, NY. After a year off in 2022, the band looks forward to the return of LonCon in 2023.

Despite Baked Shrimp’s very intense touring schedule, the trio has managed to find time to consistently release new music. The band’s 2021 release of Conscious received high praise by media outlets such as LiveForLiveMusic, Grateful Web, The Sound Podcast with Ira Haberman, and more. After a quick release of a three-disc live album The Prawno Tapes, Vol. 1, Baked Shrimp went back into the studio to finish their early-2022 release Pork Etiquette. Pork Etiquette was featured on JamBase’s Release Day Picks which highlighted five other albums, four of which were by Vulfpeck, The Weeknd, Lotus, and Cory Wong. Baked Shrimp celebrated the release of Pork Etiquette with a virtual release party in New York City at Relix Studio. The performance was live streamed on Relix’s Twitch Channel to their 40k followers, and featured The Horn Section (members of Turkuaz). The trio is scheduled to head into the studio once again in early 2023 to lay the groundwork for their fourth studio album.

Baked Shrimp launches into 2023 more prepared than ever to show the music world what they are capable of. Baked Shrimp is constantly turning heads and has moved from “Long Island’s best kept secret” to the hardest working band in the business, a secret impossible to keep.

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.