Vinyl's live shows are notoriously high energy dance parties that unite fans of many musical styles. Originating in the San Francisco Bay Area over eight years ago, Vinyl has become as tight a seven-piece ensemble as can be found in today's music scene. The players have a keen understanding of each other's musical expression resulting in a cohesive and adventurous sound that offers tasteful improvisation combined with a fortified, rhythmic backbone.
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Vinyl is the rare sort of band that can meld funk, Latin jazz, dub and reggae without coming across as pale imitators of the style of the moment. Instead, they can alternately sound like the best live funk, Latin, reggae or dub band you've heard in ages-and occasionally, all at the same time. Instead of going for flash gimmicks, Vinyl brings it with fierce musicianship and zesty abandon, proving you can
have both substance and style. It's an approach that has made the band favorites of the festival circuit, but the best place to experience them is on the dance floor of a hot, sweaty indoor venue.
Originating in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years ago, Vinyl has become as tight an ensemble as can be found in today's music scene. The players have a keen understanding of each other's musical expression resulting in a cohesive and adventurous sound that offers tasteful improvisation combine diwht fortified, rhythmic backbone. Vinyl's instrumentation includes the mighty Hammond organ, piano, guitar, sax, trumpet, flute harmonica, congas, timbales, bass, and drums. This broad array of sounds enables Vinyl to explore Latin rhythms with authenticity, lay down their unique brand of reggae and dub, and drive it all home with booty-shaking, full-figured funk.
Originally and instrumental band, over the last few years Vinyl has enjoyed having guest vocalists join them frequently, both live and in the studio. The addition of vocals to Vinyl's formidable foundation has presented even more flavors for Vinyl fans to sample. oil, R&B, hip-hop, reggae…there's something for everyone.
Vinyl's extensive touring has brought them to all corners of the U.S. and Canada. They have played a multitude of festivals including main-stage slots at the High Sierra Music Festival, Reggae on the River, Oregon Country Fair, Mountain Aire, Jazz Aspen, Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, the All Good Festival and many others. For the last 11 years, Vinyl has played sold-out sunrise sets at New Orleans' legendary Maple Leaf during Jazzfest. In 2001, Vinyl teamed up with Phil Lesh for a jam-packed benefit concert in Petaluma, California with Vinyl performing as Phil's band. Vinyl received a "Wammie" award for Best Intenational Band from San Francisco's SF weekly and was voted one of the top 25 bands in the country by a jambands.com nationwide poll.
Vinyl's adaptability to different styles and players, illuminates their talents as musicians and growth as a band, and confirms their place as one of the most vital live bands playing today.
1997 Vinyl self-titled debut.
1998 Live at Sweetwater recorded at the band's legendary hometown club.
2001 Flea Market, which weaves its way in and out of grooves and dub interludes with the help of musical guests Les Claypool and Bernie Worrell.
2004 All the Way Live is a double-album recorded at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. It captures Vinyl at its grooving best and includes guest appearances by Huey Lewis, Bernie Worrell, Rob Wasserman, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Terry Haggerty, and many others. Recorded over two sold-out nights, All The Way Live showcases Vinyl's adaptability to different styles and players, illuminates their talents as musicians and growth as a band, and confirms their place as on of the more vital live bands playing today.
2006 Fogshack Music Volume One, explores the realm of creative remixing and production compliments of The Rondo Brothers and Tony Mindel. Add legendary P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell to the mix and you have an album laced with sick beats, keyboard wizardry, interplanetary vocalizing, deep dub reggae, all flowing with Vinyl's trademark positive dance vibe.
2009 Fogshack Music Volume Two, next in the series Bay Area producer team The Rondo Brothers (Dan the Automator, Galactic) and Tony Mindel again took free reign on the master reels and outages from old studio sessions from Vinyl's Flea Market session. The signature instrumental grooves featuring legendary bass player and musical force Les Claypool (Primus/Less Claypool's Frog Brigade/Oysterhead) quickly were given new life.
With the release of a new album and a renewed commitment to touring, Vinyl continues to make fresh, innovative Grooves that represent diverse styles of music from around the world.
"The group throws in bits of familiar sounds, from James Brown's R&B, to George Clinton's funk, the kind of snazzy guitar lines favored by Santana, and Booker T & The MG's party rock, into their sonic stew."
"Unique merging of groove-ferocious genres."
"The most exciting band to emerge in the Bay Area this year."
-Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
"They played the freshest, most infectious grooves in the country."
"Joyous sounds of funk, Latin, jazz and reggae combined and conspired into a kaleidoscopic musical outburst, flowing effortlessly between styles."
"They use an ever-changing assortment of instrumentation to create a sound that's at once fresh and familiar and guaranteed to lure wallflowers to the dance floor and keep them there."
"Vinyl has the ability to switch gears from sweeping, majestic progressive movements to the brass based street blues of New Orleans."
-Honest Tune Magazine
"Slipping in and out of each genre gracefully, Vinyl creates on solid musical groove, a sound hard to categorize."
-Vail Daily News