Spinning the Wheel of Soul

By Derek Halsey (reporter@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Jan. 30, 2013 | Modified: Feb. 3, 2013
Spinning the Wheel of Soul

Soul Benefactor presents its annual Winter Soul Spectacular Saturday, Feb. 2.

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Local soul music stalwarts Soul Benefactor will once again rev up the grooves when the fourth annual Winter Soul Spectacular kicks in Saturday, Feb. 2, at Boone Saloon.

February is the month when local bands kick into high gear to celebrate good music whether it be raining or sunny or snowing. This year’s Winter Soul Spectacular promises to be a memorable one as the host band, Soul Benefactor, has some surprises up its collective sleeves for the get-together.
Soul Benefactor’s grooves range from soul to rock to funk. And, in what is always a cool asset to a band of their genre, the group always fronts a horn section, which helps the music kick into high gear.

The members of Soul Benefactor include Dave Brewer on drums, guitar and bass; Aaron Burleson on keys, guitar and bass; Chris Hice on guitar and bass; Steve Green on drums, bass and vocals; Jordan Craig on trombone and choreography; Beaver Robinette on saxophones and Rusty Smith on trumpet.
The show starts at 10 p.m., and tickets at the door are $8.

“The first time we did this, it was an Otis Redding tribute show, and we had a lot of special guests, and there was a foot of snow on the ground, and the line was out the door,” Brewer said. “The next year, we did a theme show called ‘Love and Happiness,’ and it was right around Valentine’s Day, and we played some Al Green. Then, last year, we started calling it the Winter Soul Spectacular. It is a good excuse for us to have a good soul music party right in the middle of the winter.”

Along with some special musical guests who are slated to appear, the members of Soul Benefactor will be getting the audience involved with – wait for it – the Wheel of Soul. Much like the spinning circle from the “Wheel of Fortune” TV show, the Wheel of Soul will enable music fans in attendance to help to pick the next song the band will play, and to also win some prizes, as well.

“I don’t know why I had this crazy idea,” Brewer said. “I thought that giving the night a game show portion of the evening would help with audience participation. The crowd is always enthusiastic. But, I am always looking for more creative ways to get the crowd involved instead of just clapping their hands. So, I thought it would be pretty hilarious to get a wheel and have some fun.

“We’re going to have some contestants from the audience come onstage and spin the wheel. Some of the spaces on the wheel will have the names of artists whom we know their songs, and if it lands on Al Green, then we’ll play some Al Green. There will also be a trivia component, so if it lands on a question, the audience member will be asked a question, and – if they get it right – we are going to give away some small prizes, including some things from the Boone Saloon and, hopefully, some classic vinyl soul records from our friends down at 641 RPM Records. And we might have some space on the wheel for surprise special guests, as well.”

Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/190770534400110/.

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