The Center for the Arts presents
with Micheal and the Machines opening
Friday, March 24, 2017. 8:00pm
$20 members, $22 general public
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)
“The missing soundtrack to a Tarantino movie.” – Boise Idaho Music Scene
“One of the best live soul bands I have ever seen!”– Al Bell (Record Producer, songwriter, record executive and co-owner of legendary Stax Records)
Raised amid the rich musical culture and history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today’s musical landscape. Holding on to tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.”
The 2012 release of Monophonics last album In Your Brain saw the band pulling influences from such acts as early Funkadelic, Sly and The Family Stone and the The Temptation’s Norman Whitfield produced records. With the new album, Sound of Sinning (April 1, 2015 on Transistor Sound Records), the band has grown in all areas of record making and felt a need to explore other important influences. While the group has come to cherish these inspirations, with Sound of Sinning they started venturing beyond, to the groups that were inspiring those soul acts to embrace the psychedelic sound of the 60’s and 70’s. Bands such as The Zombies, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Pink Floyd. Even with the experimentation of new musical territory, they display the sound that people know and love about Monophonics. Touching on Northern soul, doo-wop, rock and roll, Psych pop, and cinematic music, Monophonics show off their diversity while remaining true to their roots. Overall it’s heartfelt music and old school vibes, without losing sight of the present. This is music steeped in that timeless feeling when people could write and produce songs that you could listen to over and over again. Sound of Sinning was produced by Kelly Finnigan & Ian McDonald and recorded on an old Tascam eight-track 1/4” tape machine at Transistor Sound Studios in San Rafael, CA.
Monophonics is Austin Bohlman (Drums), Myles O’Mahony (Bass/Background Vocals), Ian McDonald (Guitar/Background Vocals), Ryan Scott (Trumpet/Back- ground Vocals/Percussion) & Kelly Finnigan (Keys/Lead Vocals) along with a rotating 2nd horn usually filled by Nadav Nirenberg (Trombone) from Ikebe Shakedown and Breakdown Brass.
Michael and The Machines
After fronting Nevada City, CA Psych-Rockers, The Soft Bombs, in the early 2010’s, and San Francisco Dreampop band, Dora Flood before that, Michael Padilla is back fronting a new outfit called Michael and The Machines. Though most of the forthcoming album Mantras and Melodramas was played by Michael, the live outfit is a roving cast of friends/musicians bringing this melodic psychedelia to life.
Michael Padilla – guitar / vox
Ryan Brodie – guitar / keys
Alex Scribner – bass
Reid Kirks – drums