A Cocktail With Sister Hazel Bassist And West Palm Beach Native Jett Beres
WHO: Sister Hazel bassist and real estate entrepreneur Jett Beres
WHAT: The Calaveras Cantina Smoked Tequila Old Fashioned paired with the Fire-Roasted Street Corn rolled in calaveras spice and cotija cheese; the famous Tableside Guacamole of calaveras spice, lime, onion and cilantro; and the Ceviche Samurai of tuna, ginger, soy, jalapeños, shallots, cilantro, lime, grapeseed oil, avocado, cucumber and sesame seeds served with taro chips and cancha tostada.
WHERE: Calaveras Cantina, 125 Dockside Circle, Jupiter / 561.320.9661 / calaverascantinas.com / @calaverascantina
1) The very first time I heard our music on the radio I: was riding in the back of an old Ryder truck because our cheap tour bus had broken down. We were heading from Austin to a festival in Mobile, Alabama, sitting in the back of this truck with our equipment sliding all over the place. The guy riding up front slid open that little window and said, “Hey guys! You’re on Casey Kasem’s ‘American Top 40’ right now.” We celebrated by not dying.
2) The first time I ever felt like a rock star was: back in middle school. I was David Lee Roth in an air-band during the middle school talent show. I did the jump-split off the stage just like he did in the music video. The little seventh grade girls were very impressed, and we won the talent show. A month later, I got my very first bass to be in a band.
3) When the single “All for You” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1997, I remember: rolling out of my bunk on the tour bus and seeing “You’re No. 1” on my pager. It was surreal. We were just a little band from Gainesville. It was a whirlwind. It was lost in the shuffle of the whirlwind. There was now all of this pressure from the label. It was chaos. It would have been nice to have been able to savor it.
4) The real story behind why our band is named Sister Hazel is: that it was going to be either that, “Brother Puck” or “Huffy and the Banana Seats.” Sister Hazel [Williams] was an inspirational lady. We thought she was dead, but she was actually running rescue missions in Belize. One day in 1995 she called Ken [Block] from the band and said, “You got to come into the church and meet some people” before we had her blessing to use her name. So we went to the church and it was a scene out of “The Blues Brothers.” It was a full-on Southern Baptist revival service. There were lots of “hallelujahs” and “amens.” It was amazing.
5) The encounter with a fan I’ll never forget was when: we were playing in Columbia, South Carolina, and this girl ran on to the stage, hugged me and then attempted to dive off of the stage—except the whole crowd parted and she fell straight to the ground. It was only then that the crowd closed back around her. I think we gave her a guitar pick.
A native of West Palm Beach, Jett Beres graduated from Cardinal Newman High School before heading to the University of Florida in Gainesville. It was there Beres would meet his bandmates, as well as his wife of 18 years, Eva, who is a renowned interior designer and owner of the celebrated Beres Design Group. Aside from continuing to create new music and tour with his Sister Hazel bandmates since 1993, Beres and business partner Ray Carrano are the owners of Singer Island Realty. A longtime practitioner of Krav Maga, Beres will earn his instructor certification in the combat training art later this year. In February, Sister Hazel released “Water,” the first of four new EPs scheduled for release over the next two years. Along with his wife Eve, their daughter, Jordan, and son, Kai, Beres currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens.
ABOUT THE COCKTAIL:
Calaveras Cantina Smoked
Tequila Old Fashioned
1 ounce Tres Agave cinnamon-infused tequila
1 ounce Casamigos Añejo tequila
1/2 ounce of organic agave nectar
2 dashes Aztec chocolate bitters
Lightly stir cocktail mixer, burn oak tablet with torch, place cocktail glass over burning wood to capture smoke essence.
Garnish with orange peel.