Opera House: Monophonics, 3/10

Opera House: Monophonics, 3/10

On Saturday, March 10, Telluride’s Sheridan Opera House presents psychedelic soul outfit Monophonics. Show time is 9 p.m.; doors and bar, 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 GA; $35 reserved balcony, plus a nominal fee. Tickets are available here or by calling 970.728.6363 x5.

Scroll down for sample of Monophonics from their latest release, Sound of Sinning.

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 of any kind, they play their own brand of music: “Psychedelic Soul.”

None other that the owner of Stax recorded said Monophonics is “one of the best live soul bands I have ever seen.”

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 and the The Temptation’s Norman Whitfield produced records.

With the new album, Sound of Sinning (released in 2015 on Transistor Sound Records), the band has grown in all areas of record-making and felt a need to explore other important influences. While the group has come to cherish their original inspirations, with Sound of Sinning they ventured beyond, to the groups that inspired those soul acts 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 experimentation of new musical territory, the group displays the soundpeople know and love about Monophonics.

Touching on Northern soul, doo-wop, rock and roll, psych pop, and cinematic music, Monophonics show off their diversity while remaining true to their roots.

Overall  the effect is heartfelt music and old school vibes – but still not losing sight of the present.

This is music steeped in that timeless feeling when people could write and produce songs a person could listen to over and over again.

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.

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