Brothers Britt and Jack Espinosa, who grew up in Kingston, and their band Becoming Bristol will hold a benefit concert on December 4th at Bayside Community Church to support local charities and families during the holiday season.
The Espinosa brothers haven’t played in Kitsap County for nearly three years and are eager to play in front of familiar faces. Presale tickets cost $ 10, and can be found on the group’s website beingbristol.com. At the door, tickets will cost $ 12; 50% of ticket proceeds will go to charities such as Coffee Oasis and ShareNet Food Bank & Thrift Store. The show will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
âMy former youth pastor over there is now the senior pastor, so I contacted him,â Britt said. âThat’s usually how we do it when we play at home; we have a cause to donate through ticket sales.
Along with Becoming Bristol, other local musicians will open the show, such as former band member Mikey Moore, who now has his own solo project. Indie rock group Selah Korah will also open; Britt was playing music with one of the band members, Michael Love.
Britt, 27, and Jack, 25, grew up in Kingston. They first started playing music with youth groups from the local church. Their parents enrolled them in classical piano at a young age, but they soon learned that there was more to music.
âWhen I was 13, I went to a real rock-n-roll concert and fell in love with how it all felt,â Britt said.
Although the Espinosa were homeschooled, they were involved in the community by playing basketball in public schools. Britt said he enrolled in the recording art class at Kingston High School, which helped him form their band.
âThis is how I fell in love with the recording,â he said of the class. âWhen I was 16 my brother and I met up with a few other guys in Kitsap and we started playing rock-n-roll music shows. Our first shows were in Kingston, at Bayside Community Church.
Before becoming Bristol, the group was initially called The Exchange for the first seven years. In 2010, the group performed around 30 shows and performed their first out-of-state concert. The following year, Britt’s ambition led him to try and book tours across the country, and he was successful.
âI have self-proclaimed places and festivalsâ¦ and I booked us a 20-day tour,â he said. âIn fact, my parents came with us. I did not yet have my driver’s license at that time.
This tour ended up paying off as the band signed with Save the City Records, where they released three musical projects. In the summer of 2015, their song Heartbeat was the No. 1 single on contemporary hit radio stations for two weeks. Britt said it was heard locally on Seattle-area station 98.9.
In 2017, the band opted to go independent from a label and soon after changed their name to Becoming Bristol. Since then, they have only released singles. But Britt said the group are planning to release a new EP with six songs in February.
âJust with the way everything changed in the music industry, you didn’t need a label anymore,â Britt said. âNow, with the push of a button, I can get all of our content on Spotify. We’re totally independent now, which has been a lot of fun.
Since the formation of the group, the Espinosa brothers have been the pillars while other members of the group have alternated. All of the current band members are from the Puget Sound area. Britt is the frontman and plays electric guitar while Jack plays drums and also sings.
âWe’re all trying to be multi-instrumental,â Britt said. âWe’re kind of like Coldplay and Led Zeppelin have had a baby. We try to be a little rock but we also like pop with piano and nice sounds.
Britt said the group has toured the country seven times and performed in Canada as well. He said most major tours last around four months. But during COVID-19, the band had to switch from a live performance to more recordings. But recently the band did a few concerts.
âBasically our whole schedule for 2020 has been cut,â Britt said. âFor live music, the only way to make money these days is to play shows. I just missed it a lot. We actually pivoted a bunch of stuff to recording, trying to release new music and get a bunch of new stuff in the works. ”
In addition to music, Britt is a co-founder of a technology company in Seattle and Jack runs an event production company. The two now live in the Seattle area.
âMusic is what we love to do, so we always will,â said Britt. “We figured out how to make it work and keep playing shows, while still having a certain level of stability that doesn’t require us to be away from home for long periods of time.”