Snacks and Five
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Snacks and Five

Traverse City, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | SELF

Traverse City, Michigan, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2018
Band Alternative Reggae




"Snacks and Five aim high with reggae driven rock"

For Traverse City’s Jack Fivecoate, arriving at Snacks and Five’s “high-energy, jam rock-funk wrapped in a reggae blanket” came after an unusual globe-trotting journey.

Starting to play guitar and harmonica at age 13, Fivecoate participated in choir and played in various bands while attending Traverse City Central High School, and later joined The FunDubMentals reggae outfit.

After spending time in Atlanta, recording his first solo album there, he moved to a small island off the coast of Honduras where he played bars at night and made a living as a professional scuba diver by day.

Eventually, the singer-guitarist moved back to northern Michigan, bumping into guitarist and old pal Erik Griffin at a G-Snacks show — thus spawning creation of Snacks and Five in 2019 with drummer Justin Perry, also from G-Snacks.

Since then, the band has played regularly around Traverse City as an acoustic trio, releasing its first EP, “Feel It In the Air,” in early August. Music from the EP has been featured on the national Cali Roots Radio show on XM Radio.

“Our acoustic live performances are a very eclectic. We play folk, Latin, reggae, blues and whatever else we feel like — filled with lots of high-energy guitar solos, unique vocals and masterful djembe. We like to think any music lover of any style leaves our acoustic shows happy,” Fivecoate said.

“Our full band electric performance (fills) the dance floor and keeps both musical lovers and dancers happy. We aren’t afraid to jam a song out and see where it goes. We don’t like to play the same song the same way twice.”

Fans will get a chance to experience that in Traverse City this weekend, with Snacks and Five playing at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Nov. 12 and 13) at Union Street Station, 117 S. Union St.

Beyond the band’s core trio, the electric lineup features bassist Stu Ford and keyboardist Jimmy Olson.

After playing 96 shows in 2021, Snacks and Five will take a brief hiatus later this year when Fivecoate travels to Key West for the winter to perform solo “till Justin and Erik come down in February for us to play as an acoustic trio for a couple months.”

The band plans on “hitting it hard summer of 2022,” including a national tour.

“Our long-term plan is to make a true living playing music,” Fivecoate said. “It’s all any of us have ever wanted and we are getting closer to it every day.” - Record eagle


Debut EP "Feel It In The Air" out now! Featuring special guest from Rebelution, Reel Big Fish, Passafire, and Dub Trio. 



Snacks and Five are an American band that formed in Traverse City, Michigan in the winter of 2018. They combine reggae, rock, blues, and jam into a high energy soulful performance that will leave anyone wanting more. Spending their summers in Northern Michigan and winters in The Florida keys, the Snacks and Five have made a solid fan base in the last couple years playing some of the furthest south venues, and furthest north venues in the country. Their first EP was released in 2021 featuring special guest members from bands like Matisyahu/Dub Trio, Passafire, Reel Big Fish, and Rebelution touring band. After making waves in Michigan and Florida over the last few years, the band is ready to surf the rest of the country. Their unique brand of entertainment fuses hard hitting guitar solos and catchy original vocals with bumping bass and spot on drums that will make you want to close your eyes and disappear to paradise. 

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