A Santa Cruz act with a taste for funk is set to play a free show at Crystal Bay Casino this weekend.
Original One the Spot Trio guitarist Danny Mayer (guitar), who plays in the Alan Evans Trio, will join Jeff Wilson (drums) and Kristopher Yunker (organ, clavinet and keys) for the Friday show in the casino’s Red Room.
“The inspiration is rooted in 1970s soul jazz and funk. The guys in OTS Trio mold that inspiration into a millennial soup of rock, jazz, afro beat, and improvisational groove,” according to the band’s website. “Based out of the fertile musical soil that is Santa Cruz County, California, OTS Trio give the NorCal treatment to the old-school tradition of the Hammond organ trio. If you’re looking for the scene of inspired musical action, OTS Trio stands as a great place to start.
“OTS Trio have entertained funk-hungry audiences at venues in Santa Cruz County, up and down California, and well beyond. They have secured monthly residencies at such renowned venues as the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco and the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, Calif.”
The band has recorded two albums with Soulive drummer Alan Evans, “Straight Out the Garden” and 2012’s “SHAG,” and has toured throughout the country.
“We have so much fun playing music, we try our hardest to bring 110 percent every time we play,” Mayer said in a biography written by Graham Haworth. “Our goals for every show are to find those divine moments of inspiration, and to make sure people are smiling, dancing, and having a good time!”
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