Free Show with Stymie & the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra + Special Guests

Free Show with Stymie & the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra + Special Guests

Pamela Parker's Fantastic Machine

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is all ages

Stymie & the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra
Stymie & the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra
It ain't easy being stankalicious. This is especially true if you are an independent entity. But the funk is proving to be more relevant in the 21st century than ever before. Case in point: the recent revival and revitalization of Stymie and the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra, a San Francisco-based, multi-piece outfit lead by singer/songwriter Sean "Stymie" Sharp.
Stymie is an animated individual. When he speaks about anything, from music to comics to movies, he speaks with an intense and jovial vigor that is as learned as it is inspired. His tiny apartment is littered with ol' school accoutrements, from VHS tapes to boomboxes, but the beauty of modern media trends does not elude him whatsoever. "With file sharing and Youtube," says Stymie, "you are in more control of what you listen to." Thus, you can seek out what you like instead of being nudged into it or spoon-fed something more formulaic.
On this point, Stymie argues, "It is true that not all things are for all people. But this does not mean that you shouldn't give people – the fans – the benefit of the doubt." The man is speaking about categories and genres, abstract concoctions that lead people to "wearing uniforms. Like I got my punk rocker uniform and he's got his gangster uniform and so on." And sure, if you're gonna call Stymie and the PJLO anything, the man doesn't completely object to being tagged as a leader of a funk band, as he explains: "Funk is the least limited genre. 'Funk gets stronger' – to quote George Clinton – but we don't want to limit things at all." In other words, Stymie does not want to "categorize the fan base," as he is also inclined to dip his creative pen into avenues such as ska, R&B, rock, reggae, and even go-go. This musical diversity was a bit harder to realize way back in the 20th century, when massive corporations still dictated listening trends and indies had less resources for getting heard. But now? The game is on.
The band has come a long way and has accomplished a lot of things to get to the pinnacle thatit is at today. The current incarnation, a combo of veteran soldiers and funky-fresh blood, has Stymie tickled stink. "This version of the band is carving out its own identity with these newsongs." Indeed, he has been writing new ditties at an astonishing rate, "inspired by the blessing of these talented people." The current, exuberant and extra-tight line-up includes drummer Jon Merker, Brian Hill on guitar, bassist Martin Ledyard, Jerry Goldstone on guitar, Brigham Hausman on trombone, Keith Waldorf on trumpet, Emery Dora on keyboard, Tupac Mauricio Saavedra on saxophone, as well as vocalists Jospeh "Mojo" Powell, Erica Chriss Patten, Marilee Bazzano.
The new material, with such titles as "Brand New Mustard Machine," "La Toure A Go-Go,"and "Love in Space," will debut in late 2010 – (though a song or two might leak out on the web before that!) And in an effort to whet the appetites of longtime and potential fans alike,the band has uploaded high-quality performance footage of classic Stymie and the PJLO material on Youtube, tunes that can be heard on previous releases such as Dem Sum Goodies and The Secret Hits of the Black and Blue Parade.
Stymie, who grew up in Hollywood off of Sunset, started the band in San Francisco in 1996. The first lineup featured Joe "Mojo" Powell, a soulful harmonizer who still sings with the band today, and Marilee Bazzano soon followed. As for the band name, Stymie thought it up while walking down Haight Street, and the name, like his songs, are meant to remind the audience that there ain't nothin' but overflowin' imagination around here. The band soon proved itself to be incredible live, and while it has enjoyed the honor of opening gigs for the likes of Earth, Wind, & Fire, Fred Wesley, and Billy Preston over the years, Stymie and thePJLO has been packing 'em in with its own sold-out headlining shows for over a decade now.
This is why it is imperative for YOU to come see the man and his crew in a theatre near you.
Pamela Parker's Fantastic Machine
Pamela Parker's Fantastic Machine
"Pamela Parker sounds like the love child of Ann Wilson and Axl Rose."
- Steve Levington, Program Director, CHLY 101.7FM

Pamela Parker's Fantastic Machine is a celebration of the Summer of Love -- just in time for the 50th Anniversary! This band captures the San Francisco music scene, ranging fro rock to gospel to R&B to epic psychedelia. The band features Tom Finch on guitar/vocals, Spence Murray on bass, Chris McGrew on drums, and Jordan Feinstein on piano/organ/vocals. The band's raw energy along with Pamela's powerhouse pipes bring to mind Amy Winehouse and Ann Wilson. Their dynamic show draws you close, then surges forward with anthemic power to lift you higher. Pamela shreds like a cross between Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt, guiding us with danceable hooks alongside her dueling lead player, Tom Finch. The upcoming album creates a fresh rock n'roll landscape with a diversity of touchstones you wouldn't expect to experience like Alabama Shakes, Adele, Thin Lizzy, and Funkadelic. The last album, Evolutionary Process, debuted at #1 and was up for Album of the Year in Vancouver, BC.

Pamela Parker studied opera and commercial music production at Shenandoah Conservatory before establishing herself as a solo performer in the Washington, D.C. area. With her own band, she toured in the US and Internationally, gaining notoriety and experience. Fulfilling a dream held since the age of 10, she finally moved to San Francisco in 2007, where she produced and released her debut record, Beautiful Day. Working the Bay Area club scene, she quickly had her pick of top players and put together an all-star line-up of musicians and producers. The band opened for legendary acts such as Heart and Big Brother & The Holding Co., and headlined festivals such as Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, Earth Day SF and Bay Vibes Summer Fest. They also completed a second album, Evolutionary Process, with Pamela earning studio time working as an engineer at the legendary Hyde Street Studios. The band's infectious blend of funk, rock and soul touched a nerve in Vancouver, British Columbia on the radio station CHLY 101.7FM, where the album debuted at #1, and was up for Album of the Year in 2013.

Pamela's relationship with Hyde Street Studios continues to blossom, as the band continues production on their third studio album, The Fantastic Machine. Refining their blend of elements, the band has developed a sound of their own that truly showcases each member's dynamic range. In the past year the band has also produced a score for an award-winning short film called Love Hurts and has composed custom music for commercial clients such as Discovery Channel, RingCentral and Verizon. Pamela Parker has created a cohesive unit with the selection of Tom Finch on guitar, Jordan Feinstein on keys/organ/vocals, Spence Murray on bass, and Chris McGrew on drums. Together they deliver an electrifying and emotional live show with irresistible dance grooves, dueling guitar leads and soulful ballads that hit home. With guitar in hand, Pamela's voice cuts right to the heart as she takes the stage to continue making the world a better place one song at a time.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941