Deep, raw funk. Stax-style Southern soul. Positively uplifting with original Motown-channeling anthems. A remarkable singer/guitarist at the controls leading a top-shelf band.
That’s what you get with this amazing double-bill of Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics and The Cris Jacobs Band.
Atlanta’s Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics are the heirs to the thrones of the old-school masters. She even has an Amy Winehouse quality about her. 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.
Whether alone with just the guitar and his voice or surrounded by a full band, Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing, and soulfully transcendent voice. Artists across the board have discovered Jacobs’ musicianship and supple versatility, resulting in an impressive variety of formats in which he has played over the last few years.
After a decade, five records, and 200 shows a year as principal songwriter and frontman for beloved Baltimore-based band The Bridge from 2001-2011, Jacobs wasted no time continuing to write music of his own and exploring different configurations for his craft.