Monday, January 3, 2011
WINTER DANCE PARTY (THURSDAY)
Titan Ups - SF's Rocksteady Revivalists
The Titan Ups play traditional Rocksteady and early Reggae with an accent on authenticity. Whether it's a classic track from Toots and the Maytals, to more obscure classics to soon-to-be-classic original tunes, the Titans "Bring It" and keep the dance floor packed from start to finish!
The group is led by Bob Reed, ex frontman of 90s S.F. Noisepop favorites Overwhelming Colorfast and lead g...uitarist for indie rock darlings, Oranger. Drummer Dave Leonard has handled drumming duties for the likes of The Sermon, Pat Johnson and Penelope Houston. The Group is rounded out by Mike Davenport and Igor Belogolovsky on guitars (Coup De Ska), Jen Hale on Keyboards (Killer's Kiss), Bill Cramer on bass (Only Sons, Ride the Blinds) and Carroll Ashby on trombone.
The group calls San Francisco's Mission District home and have quickly distinguished themselves as San Francisco's Premier Rocksteady band!
Wicked Mercies - The Church of Soul
Wicked Mercies is a funky soul band. Listening to them gives me a goofy smile as I raise my hands in the air and sporadically scream, Oh Yeah, to the dismay of my neighbors.
Does life have you down? Are you depressed? Flick your Prozac down the drain and just put Wicked Mercies on continuous play. Shake it proud.
They are The Supremes for 2010. Addie, Crystal and Ashley front the group with their powerful energy and vocals. The band backs them with their soul and funk fusion. A perfect accompaniment.
Tony DuShane, SFGate.com
Very very impressed, it seems in the last year this San Francisco group has really tighted-up their sound, they have a great new singer and the musicianship...they're as good as anything out there.
Craig Charles, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show BBC-6Music UK
Franco Nero - Traditional Ska
Franco Nero pays tribute to Don Drummond, and his compositions, keeping ska alive. Trombonist Scott Larson has assembled a crew of his favorite musicians to skank hard and steady. Ska combines Caribbean beats, with the jazz improvisations, to form a truly original music. Franco Nero performs original music by Scott Larson, and covers music from The Skatalites, Laurel Atken, Baba Brooks and Tommy McCook to name a few.
Audio Angel - Vocals
Scott Larson - Trombone / Arranger / Composer
Jay Standards - Trumpet / Keyboard
Nick Rous - Tenor Sax
John Finbeiner - Guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa - Bass
John Hanes - Drums