Posts Tagged funk

show preview: Stains of a Sunflower at Lily Pad tonight, July 1, 2016


Stains of a Sunflower is a Boston-based funk-folk band started by California native Natalie Renee. Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers so the band name intrigued me. Natalie explained: “Stains of a Sunflower was inspired by a poem by Allen Ginsberg, called “Sunflower Sutra.” Essentially, the poem instills self-confidence and self-love during times of challenges and obstacles in life. In the grand scheme of things, life is a huge obstacle and the poem explores the beauty in that; the beauty in between. What we try to do with our music is make people feel vulnerable, uncomfortable, and comfortable, proud and filled with love and acceptance, all at the same time.” A beautiful sentiment and mission statement for music. This young band infuses soulfulness and honesty with a jazz, folk and funk melodies. Reminds me a bit of Berklee grad Lila and Norah Jones. Stains of a Sunflower released its debut album February in April 2016.


Stains of a Sunflower is:

Natalie Renee [vocals/guitar]

Alex Michael Jones [guitar]

Dan Soghomonian [bass]

Shade Tramp [drums]

Stains of a Sunflower –Lily Pad—Friday, July 1, 2016– will be joined by In Ivy and Atlas Lab. Doors at 7pm.

venue info:

Lily Pad

1353 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, Mass.


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NEW MUSIC: Dwight & Nicole


Dwight Ritcher
Nicole Nelson

from: Boston

sound: roots-blues-jazz-funk. Creative, unique, intriguing compositions, positive vibes. melodies that showcase gorgeous, impressive vocal talents. happy music. Nicole is the funk in the pair. She has a mood-lifting, expansive vocal range that digs deep with a poignant flair. Dwight provides the rock-rootsiness to the duo. His voice is anchored by an earthy, darker, edgier, nuanced sound.


album: Shine On [April 22]

fun fact: In September of 2012, Nicole appeared on NBC’s #1 hit show “The Voice,” causing all four coaches to turn their chairs, and compete for her to be on their team, with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”





April 25— Arts Riot, Burlington VT
May 3— Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA

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