$15 Cover, Cash Bar, No Drink Minimum
SOPAC is excited to launch the new "In the Loft" series - consisting of blues, jazz and Midtown Direct concerts set in an informal club cafe atmosphere in the SOPAC Loft. A casual, affordable and fun concert series featuring up-and-coming musicians and seasoned professionals, the "In the Loft" series offers an up-close perspective on today's blues and jazz musicians as well as Midtown Direct Rep.
ZERO TO SOUL IN 10 SECONDS…
Straight up, low down, burning and churning soul is what describes Shari Pine. Her handling of rich R&B flavors as well as Soul material on top of American Roots Music distinguishes her as an artist at the crossroads of the Blues: firmly anchored in the tradition, but having one foot clearly stepping into the future (as was evidenced this summer by Pine’s ‘blues offering’ at Maplewoodstock with Shemekia Copeland and last year’s SOIBF with Poppa Chubby.) This New Yorker isn't the first to hearken back to the bygone, less-is-more days of Stax Soul with its deep and steady pockets and mantra like rhythm sections - she's just phenomenal at it. In her paradise, soaring and joyful Aretha -esque vocals (and smart phrasing) punctuated by Tower of Power horn blats ride the waves of a Hammond Leslie to the finish line.