In 2014 Kirk Nordby and Nick Motil met at a songwriter showcase in San Luis Obispo, CA. Over a bowl of gumbo the two conspired to busk together at the Baywood-Los Osos Farmer’s Market. Upon agreement that two beards are better than one, they became Bear Market Riot.
Bear Market Riot is Power-Folk Americana from the California Central Coast. A duo blending everything from folk to R&B into an infectious sound that could only come from two bearded men playing seven instruments while keeping the dance floor satisfied. Nordby and Motil captivate audiences of all-ages with tight harmonies, catchy originals, and an arsenal of high-energy originally interpreted covers.
Bear Market Riot has played just about every winery, brewery, venue, and restaurant you could think of in SLO county including appearances at the California Mid-State Fair, Beaverstock Music and Arts Festival, SLO Brew, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, and Live Oak Music Festival.
They were voted 2017’s “Best Band in SLO County” by the 31st Annual New Times Best of San Luis Obispo County Reader’s Poll. In December 2016, the duo released their first full-length album “Power-Folk Americana”, produced with funding they secured through a successful Kickstarter campaign.