Soulphonics & Ruby Velle, one of Atlanta's hottest and freshest bands emerging on the music scene, bring music inspired by old-school R&B and soul with nods to the sounds of today. With their funky, fresh sound, and a lead vocalist with a sultry voice, Soulphonics & Ruby Velle have been selling out Atlanta venues since 2008 because of their catchy melodies and infectious groove.
"(The Strand performance) will be a great chance for us to expand into a new group of future music lovers and crowds of all ages," bandleader and Soulphonics organist Spencer Garn said. "We've been selling out venues in the heart of Atlanta, and now it's time to hit the scene just outside of our home base."
"We are a vintage outfit. We try to focus on '50s to '70s old music. We write original songs in that same kind of vein," Velle said. "I like to compare to Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Otis Redding. That kind of era."
Velle describes her sound as having a "little more bluesy tone." "(The bluesy tone) keeps it interesting. It keeps for a dynamic show," she said.
"Ruby's voice is sultry and strong, sexy yet fun, and her musical style is difficult to find in the 21st century," Atlanta Music Guide writer Sam Parvin wrote in a Soulphonics show review. For a free listen of two of their latest singles, visit www.MySpace.com/Soulphonics.
Velle is backed by a powerhouse ensemble including a three-piece horn section (trumpet, baritone sax, tenor sax) and a driving rhythm section (B3 organ, electric guitar, bass, and drums). "We're eight people strong. We can really carry ourselves with eight people and bring back the sound and keep it going," Velle said.
"I think it's all about the energy of soul music. Bringing a live show to somewhere like The Strand, it makes people feel good. It's the type music they know they love but they don't necessarily know it until they hear it. As soon as they do, it's like this click that happens," Velle said. "It's a pretty unique thing. It's definitely a lot of fun."
The group is currently working on an album as well as a video. Visit www.elementrecords.net and search for them on Facebook for more information.
Tickets for the show are $12 in advance, $15 on the day of the show, and $2 off with a student discount. For more information, tickets or to join The Strand's e-mail list, visit www.EarlSmithStrand.org or call the Box Office at (770) 293-0080. The Box Office is located at 117 North Park Square in Marietta, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1-4 p.m., and two hours before the show.