$10 advance, $15 day of the show
Advance Tickets Available through Brown Paper Tickets
Doors at 8:00 PM
Pawn Shop Soul returns to Kuumbwa Jazz to headline a second soulsational Funky Friday! The floor will be cleared for dancers ready to get their freak on with the best live funk and soul in Santa Cruz. First up is the M-Tet, a super tight organ quartet from Oakland. This band will bring your boogie to a rolling boil. After a short cool off, Pawn Shop Soul will take over with horn-driven, organ-sweetened, instrumental soul and funk grooves to shake your soul and your booty! Nine pieces strong, Pawn Shop Soul is not just a dance band, it’s an out-of-body soul experience. To top it off, local soul chanteuse Simone Cox will front Pawn Shop Soul for a few sweet vocal tunes!
The pawn shop jukebox is stacked with hip shakin’ booty bumpin’ tunes from the houses of Stax, Fame, Muscle Shoals, Chess, and many others. Grooves from the likes of the Mar-Keys and the Bar-Kays are on the selector next to tunes written or recorded by artists such as by Eddie Harris, Clarence Wheeler, Jack McDuff, Willie Bobo, and Mongo Santamaria. Whether an overlooked soul instrumental from the Northern Soul songbook, a deep funk fugitive from fame, or soul inspired Cuban groove, each issues a siren call to shake it! No ordinary cover band, Pawn Shop Soul brings back heat of soul and funk’s golden age for a live experience not to be forgotten.
Members are: Joaquin Spengemann – drums, Stephen Rogers – bass guitar, Mike Spooner – percussion, Lars Wright – guitar, Josh Mann – Hammond organ, Michael McPheeters – tumpet, Daniel Miltz – trumpet, Yves Tan – tenor sax, and Steven Baird – bari sax.
M-Tet’s sound is rooted in the deep study of 1960’s organ-based R&B. This quartet of guitar, organ, bass, and drums lays down very solid funky grooves, flashing skillful riffs without getting in each other’s way. Understated masters of soul, these cats play with dedication to the bands that came before them such as the Meters, Booker-T, and Funk Inc. In addition to classic covers by Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, The Soul Machine and others, the M-Tet adds their own soul-drenched originals. Super tight and outta sight, M-Tet is sure to satisfy.