8pm doors, 9pm show. $10 ADV, $12 day of show. ALL AGES. Standing room only.
RUBY VELLE & THE SOULPHONICS
Atlanta’s Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics are the heirs to the thrones of the old-school masters. But they’re much more than just a group of revivalists trying to create a period piece. Powerhouse singer Velle and her band will settle for nothing less than bringing these classic sounds glimmering into the now with a fresh, new contemporary sheen.
It’s this inviting and accessible bravado that has scored the band critical acclaim from outlets such as The New York Daily News, MTV, Paste and more. And in addition to their critical success, at a time when record sales are at an all- time industry low, the completely independent, DIY-minded Velle and the Soulphonics sold a quarter-million downloads of their single, “My Dear” on iTunes, landing them in the top 30 on Billboard’s Heatseeker charts and at a stunning #4 on the iTunes R&B charts when their debut album It’s About Time was released in 2012.
The group has shared bills with megastars and indie press darlings alike, including Erykah Badu, The XX, Goodie Mob, Gary Clark Jr., Animal Collective, Feist, Bush, The Wailers, Dumpstaphunk, Lee Fields and Kendrick Lamar.
Sidney Barnes is one of the more enduring R&B and soul talents of the mid-20th century. A slightly younger contemporary of Smokey Robinson and Ben E. King, he's cut a lasting place for himself in soul music from the late '50s right into the 21st century, if not as well-known a legacy as some of his contemporaries.
Born Sidney Alexander Barnes in Welch, WV, he crossed paths in high school with Marvin Gaye, Herb Feemster (of Peaches & Herb), and Van McCoy, among other future music stars; passing through the lineups of various bands before he hooked up with the Serenaders, a group that held a lot of promise that somehow never got fulfilled, despite a lion's share of talent in their ranks. By 1967, he had become part of the orbit of Marshall Chess' upstart Cadet Records, within the Chess Records organization as a member of Rotary Connection; and, he also saw one of his songs, "Herbert Harper's Free Press News" covered by no less a figure than Muddy Waters on the Electric Mud album. But, it was principally in association with other artists, as a songwriter, backup singer, and producer, that Barnes made his impact on music over the next 20 years.
By the 1970s, Barnes was riding high on the soul, disco, and funk booms, working with George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic, and Deniece Williams, among others, while continuing to record with Minnie Riperton. His career momentum continued into the 1980s, but slowed down in the decade that followed. By the 1990s, however, he had found his recordings and his songs embraced in England by the Northern soul boom. In March of 2001, 44 years after he started in the business, Sidney Barnes made his first visit to England as a concert artist and was accorded a hero's welcome, worthy of any Motown, Chess, or Red Bird star. Sidney will perform with the Secret B-Sides as his super rocking funk band.
Known in Western North Carolina as a top Soul band, the Secret B-Sides produce “solid gold baby making music” for lovers everywhere. B-Sides play styles ranging from old-school R&B to Hip-Hop.
Whether performing live as a quartet, or accompanied by any number of collaborators, this band is on the planet to help Earth people get together for funky good times. And, despite rumors to the contrary, the Secret B-Sides are still all about flying saucers, dinosaurs, and love.
Since conception, the Secret B-Sides have opened in direct support for Lee Fields & the Expressions, Soulive, +he Foreign Exchange, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Dwele, and many more, including a very special performance as the backing band for Gift of Gab, from Blackalicious.