Originating in the Pacific Northwest, The Head and the Heart have been producing harmonic, yet danceable music since the summer of 2009. The band met during open-mic nights in a small downtown Seattle tavern. Little did they know, their small act would soon lead to national recognition.


Two years ago The Head and The Heart made an appearance at Western, and the show was booked to capacity in the Performing Arts Center. Because of the show’s success, The Head and the Heart are returning to campus.


This time, the band returns with opening acts Bryan John Appleby and Curtains for You on October 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Viking Union Multi-Purpose Room for another sold-out show, starting off Associated Students Production Pop Music’s year.


After the success of the last The Head and the Heart performance, ASP Pop Music Coordinator Megan Housekeeper knew the band would once again be a hit, she said. After conducting a campus-wide survey to see what students wanted, The Head and the Heart had a significant amount of requests.


“It was a mix of student interest and artist buzz,” Housekeeper said. “We knew we had to jump on the opportunity.”


The band is made up of six musicians. Members include vocalists Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell and Charity Rose Thielen with Kenny Hensley on the keyboard, Chris Zasche on the bass and Tyler Williams on the drums. Originating from towns all across the country, the members first met in that small Seattle tavern.


The band’s sound is often placed in the alternative music genre with a folk twist.


“The music makes me feel free,” Western student Elenore Clarke said. “The best part about their music is the lyrics though, they have a lot of meaning, and that’s why I enjoy listening to them.”


With just four years of experience performing as The Head and the Heart, the band has been able to carve their name into the Northwest music scene, joining other recognizable names such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Band of Horses.


As a relatively young band, music fans can expect to hear and see the name The Head and the Heart on radio stations and lineup posters for years to come.


Four years ago, The Head and The Heart wasn’t even a name and now it seems to be a phrase that is well known in the Pacific Northwest and even more so at Western.