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Blues & Brews: Monophonics Brings Back the Funk to Telluride Elk's Lodge



Monophonics Brings Back the Funk to Telluride Elk’s Lodge

Saturday, February 9th

(Telluride, CO) February 6, 2013 – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival brings back the funk with Monophonics this Saturday, Febraury 9th, to Telluride Elk’s lodge, located at 472 W. Pacific Ave. Doors at 9:30pm and show time is at 10pm. Over the past seven years, Monophonics have staked their claim as one of California’s premier bands. Raised amid the Bay Area’s rich musical culture, Monophonics has proudly carried on the tradition of music native to their hometown.


Monophonics formed in 2005; originally a instrumental ensemble comprised of guitarist Ian McDonald, bassist Myles O’Mahony, saxophonist Alex Baky, trumpeter Ryan Scott, and drummer Austin Bohlman, the band has recently added the dynamic soul vocals of keyboardist Kelly Finnigan. The result is a psychedelic soul & heavy funk sound, which harks back to the stylings of the late 60’s and early 70’s, all while keeping its feet planted in the present.


As a mainstay of San Francisco venues such as the Boom Boom Room and the Independent, the Monophonics have created a national buzz and fervent local following, sharing the stage & bill with such names as Budos Band, Orgone, Soulive, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The New Mastersounds, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dumpstafunk, Charles Walker & The Dynamites and many more. Their recording credits include tracks with the The New Mastersounds and Karl Denson (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Grey Boy All-Stars) who's also featured on their latest release and second album, Into the Infrasounds. The album also includes musical guests Mic Gillete of Tower of Power & Jonathan Korty of Vinyl. Their touring schedule has brought their signature rowdy, hard-hitting live set to over 300 dates from California to Mississippi, as well as major music festivals including High Sierra, Joshua Tree and Las Tortugas. Additionally, the ensemble has established itself as yearly residents at the legendary New Orleans Jazz Festival. They have been featured in various magazines including Relix's "On the Rise" section, and in 2007, were awarded best Funk/Soul/R&B band in SF Weekly's "Best of the Bay Awards."


Already in 2011, the group has showcased their new sound with the release of a 7" entitled "Like Yesterday," for Colemine Records. The record feature's members of the Los Angeles based funk group Orgone, and will be distributed across the United States, Europe and Japan. Also in 2011, Monophonics will complete their third album to date, lacing the sounds of the late 60's/early 70's psych soul with fuzz guitars, freaky synthesizers, hard-driving drums and bass, funky horns and gritty vocals, a sonic testimony to the evolution of this six-piece unit.


If you missed Monophonics at this year’s Blues & Brews, you won’t want to miss them this Saturday! Tickets on sale now in Telluride at Wizard Entertainment, located at 126 East Colorado Avenue - $12.00 in Advance. $15.00 at the door. Doors @ 9:30PM - Show @ 10:00PM. 



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Bill Kight

Director of Marketing and Public Relations Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

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