(slider) Opera House: Monophonics, 3/5

(slider) Opera House: Monophonics, 3/5

Monophonics live in concert at Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House. Show is Saturday, March 5. Doors, 8:30 p.m.; show, 9 p.m. Tickets, $25, GA; $35 reserved balcony here.* Or call 970.728.6363 x5. ($5 more at the door.)

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Telluride’s Sheridan Arts Foundation presents psychedelic soul outfit Monophonics.

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, they play their own brand of music dubbed “Psychedelic Soul.”

Monophonics is Austin Bohlman (drums), Myles O’Mahony (bass/background vocals), Ian McDonald (guitar/background vocals), Ryan Scott (trumpet/background vocals/ percussion) and Kelly Finnigan (keys/lead vocals), along with a rotating second horn usually filled by Nadav Nirenberg (trombone) from Ikebe Shakedown and Breakdown Brass.

The 2012 release of Monophonics’ album In Your Brain saw the band pulling influences from such acts as early Funkadelic, Sly and The Family Stone. With the new album, Sound of Sinning (released in 2015 on Transistor Sound Records), the band demonstrated that it has grown in all areas of record-making by exploring other important influences too. While the group has come to cherish the previously mentioned music giants, with Sound of Sinning they started venturing beyond, tributing to the groups that were impacting those soul acts, the ones that got them to embrace the psychedelic sound of the 60s and 70s, bands such as The Zombies, The Beatles, Beach Boys, and Pink Floyd.

Even with the exploration of new musical territory, however, the sound that people know and love as Monophonics is in evidence.

Touching on Northern soul, doo-wop, rock-and-roll, psych pop, and cinematic music, Monophonics at once manage to display their diversity while remaining true to their roots. Overall it’s heartfelt music and old school vibes, with the present in sharp focus.

It is music steeped in that timeless feeling when people wrote songs you wanted to listen to over and over again.

Sound of Sinning was produced by Kelly Finnigan and Ian McDonald and recorded on an old Tascam eight-track 1/4” tape machine at Transistor Sound Studios in San Rafael, CA.

For a preview of the show, listen to “Lying Eyes,” the first track off Monophonics new album Sound of Sinning.


The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation, CCAASE and Just For Kids.

*nominal ticketing fee applies.

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