Vinyl is the rare sort of band that can meld funk, Latin jazz, dub and reggae without coming across as pale imitators of the style of the moment. Instead, they can alternately sound like the best live funk, Latin, reggae or dub band you’ve heard in ages–and occasionally, all at the same time. Instead of going for flash or gimmicks, Vinyl brings it with fierce musicianship and zesty abandon, proving you can have both substance and style. It’s an approach that has made the band favorites of the festival circuit, but the best place to experience them is on the dance floor of a hot, sweaty indoor venue.
Vinyl was born in a Mill Valley garage in 1995. The players have a keen understanding of each other’s musical expression resulting in a cohesive and adventurous sound that offers tasteful improvisation combined with a fortified, rhythmic backbone. Vinyl’s instrumentation includes the mighty Hammond organ, piano, guitar, sax, trumpet, trombone, harmonica, congas, timbales, bass, and drums. This broad array of sounds enables Vinyl to explore Latin rhythms with authenticity, lay down their unique brand of reggae and dub, and drive it all home with booty-shaking, full-figured funk and soul.
In recent years Vinyl has enjoyed having guest vocalists join them frequently, both live and in the studio. The addition of vocals to Vinyl’s formidable foundation has presented even more flavors for Vinyl fans to sample. Soul, R&B, hip-hop, reggae… everything goes.
Vinyl’s Black Wednesday tradition at Sweetwater has spanned well over 20 years, the only year off being 2020. The band cannot wait to get this great tradition back on track!