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Show Details
  • Ticket Price: $17.00
  • Door Time: 8:00 PM
  • Show Type: Funk
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
  • Where: Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94115



[Amendola vs Blades vs Skerik starts off the night so be sure to get here early] 



“When I’m on stage, I’m trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don’t go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it.”

James Brown, Godfather of Soul


The True Loves, an 8 piece instrumental Soul group out of Seattle, WA that got their start during the summer of 2015 when drummer, David McGraw, began organizing jam sessions with bassist Bryant Moore and guitarist Jimmy James. The group would organize at a venue, in most cases the infamous Seamonster Lounge, and improvise grooves and melodies on the spot for hours on end. The band performed (and still occasionally does) under the name “Horse & Tiger Presents” – from gig to gig the players rotated in and out until a solid lineup was reached. Guitarist Jimmy James met Grace Love, a heavy hitting vocalist with a deep and true feel and uncanny ability to improvise song lyrics on the spot. Songs started flowing and soon after the band was in the studio recording their debut album ‘Grace Love & the True Loves’. The album features such radio hits as ‘Fire’, ‘Nobody Sweeter’ and the classic ballad, ‘Mean to Me’ and was #19 on KEXP’s Top 100 Albums of 2015 list.

In January of 2017, the True Loves went back into the studio to record their debut instrumental album ‘Famous Last Words’ which was released in July of the same year. The album features high-energy bangers and mid tempo grooves that showcase what the band does best: unrelenting pocket and groove. To promote the album release, the band headlined a sold-out TimberFest featuring the vocal talents of Daptone Records Saun & Starr and Seattle’s very own Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty. Reeling from a recent sold-out headlining show at the Tractor Tavern, the True Loves are looking to get back into the studio and out on the road to new music fans nationally and internationally. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for what the band releases next and where you can next see the band live.

Wil Blades and Scott Amendola conjure various sonic deities though only a duo. Their live shows have been generating a buzz around the Bay Area. The two got their start as a group when Scott had the vision of performing Duke Ellington’s “Far East Suite” in duo with Wil. While quite a daunting task translating a suite (originally written for a big band) into duo, the Hammond Organ had previously been used in the 1940’s and 1950’s to emulate the sound of big bands. With Wil’s knowledge of this tradition and Scott’s desire to push boundaries, they were able to pull it off in an explorative, yet cohesive manner. The duo continues to perform the Ellington suite in their live performances, while also developing their original material. In performance, Amendola and Blades cover everything from Avant Garde to Funk, Bebop to Rock.


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