The Breton Sound

Touring Highlights

  • Milwaukee Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI)
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest (New Orleans, LA)
  • Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (New Orleans, LA)
  • Houston Beer Festival (Houston, TX)
  • Gulfport Music Festival (Gulfport, MS)
  • Red River Revel (Shreveport, LA)
  • House of Blues (Dallas, TX)
  • House of Blues (New Orleans, LA)
  • House of Blues (Houston, TX)


Cate Esser |

The Breton Sound

New Orleans rock band The Breton Sound is a mash-up of musicians from opposite ends of the rock spectrum: classic rock, ‘90s alt pop, metal, prog rock, punk, ska, and indie.  Despite this (or perhaps because of this), Jonathan Pretus (vocals/guitar), Stephen Turner (lead guitar), John Bourgeois (drums), and Joe Bourgeois (bass) have created a brand of rock centered on a cohesive, classic, and boisterous sound.  Stephen met Jonathan at LSU, where he frequently mocked Jonathan’s Weezer cover band. Despite this, a musical bromance blossomed – and later fully bloomed with the addition of the Bourgeois twins in 2014.

Since then, The Breton Sound has garnered a well-deserved reputation for their explosive live performances, which often include sing-alongs, stage dives, and speaker climbs.  The band has performed at New Orleans’ world-famous Jazz & Heritage Festival and the city’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, and have toured extensively through the South.  In 2015, Gambit Weekly nominated the band for Best Emerging Act in its annual Big Easy Awards; that same year, the band won the Louisiana Music Prize.  

In 2017, The Breton Sound released the single “Why Are You Still Here?” – a classic break-up song met with acclaim. Currently, the band is hard at work on their forthcoming EP, which they recorded in New Orleans’ famous Esplanade Studios (Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, The Roots).  They also continue to thrill audiences across the South with their exuberant live shows.

Oh – and in case you were wondering, Stephen has mildly warmed to Weezer.


“Their classic sound is a relative rarity this days, but seeing them live will instantly make you wonder why that’s the case. The group’s powerhouse performances are rapidly gaining a reputation throughout the region.”  Thrillist

“The band, comprised of guitarists Jonathan Pretus and Stephen Turner, with John and Joe Bourgeois holding down the rhythmic section, does wonders in proving that decent, unbridled “’90s flavored” rock is still alive and well.” –