CRYSTAlL BAY, Nev. - Celebrate the "End of the World Party" with old-school funk, Latin percussion, reggae and R&B band Vinyl on Friday, Dec. 21. It will be a free Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room show. Bumptet is scheduled to play a Red Room after-party just in case the world does not, in fact, end at midnight.Coalescing in the Bay Area 15 years ago, Vinyl, a press release states, has become as tight an ensemble whose players have a keen understanding of each other's musical expression resulting in a cohesive and adventurous sound that offers tasteful improvisation combined with a fortified, rhythmic backbone. Vinyl's instrumentation includes the Hammond organ, piano, guitar, sax, trumpet, flute, harmonica, congas, timbales, bass, and drums. Originally an instrumental band, over the last few years Vinyl has enjoyed having guest vocalists join them frequently, both live and in the studio. The addition of vocals to Vinyl's formidable foundation has presented even more flavors for Vinyl fans to sample. Vinyl's extensive touring has brought it to all corners of the United States and Canada. It has played a multitude of festivals including main-stage slots at the High Sierra Music Festival, Reggae on the River, Oregon Country Fair, Mountain Aire, Jazz Aspen, Berkshire Mountain Music Festival and the All Good Festival. For the last 12 years, Vinyl has played sold-out sunrise sets at New Orleans' legendary Maple Leaf during Jazzfest. Vinyl in 2001 teamed up with Phil Lesh for a jam-packed benefit concert in Petaluma, Calif. Vinyl received a "Wammie" award for Best International Band from San Francisco's SF Weekly and was voted one of the top 25 bands in the country by jambands.com's nationwide poll.
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