Get Wise and Get Funky
After 10 years of crafting funk-filled music together, Wise Monkey Orchestra has evolved into a powerful species in the jamband scene.
Coming off a year in which the band performed 200 shows in 25 states, the six-piece from San Diego is still on the loose and are slated to crank out their horn driven party grooves for Lake Tahoe on Sunday.
“We are totally stoked to be back in Tahoe.” said Keyboardist and WMO founding member, Sean Hart. “We always have great parties up here.”
And party you will at a WMO show. The band has a unique sound featuring a funky rhythm section, spacey keyboards and a jazzy horn line all topped with smoky female vocals reminiscent of Janis Joplin.
“For the most part our shows are a funky dance party.” Sean said. “Basically the vibe is, leave your attitude behind and let’s get down and have some fun.”
WMO, who got their name from a PBS show depicting the lives of primates, is touring in support of their recently released fifth album, “They Live.” The live album, which Hart said is thier best album to date, comprises 10 original tracks and features Dave Ellis (Ratdog, Charlie Hunter, Jazz is Dead) on saxophone.
“Working with Dave was cool,” said Hart. “When we hooked up, I was like I cant believe I get the chance to play with a guy of this status.”
Ellis plans to join the band for it’s Northern California swing which will also include a two night run in San Francisco.
Aside from their busy touring schedule, WMO is also hard at work in the studio working on their sixth release, “Blink of an Eye.” The forthcoming album will boast 12 new tracks, which the band is currently performing.
Their recent signing and album with jamband label, Luauan Records has given the band a revitalized energy and a new direction. “This is going to be one of the truest tours we’ve done in a long time, because we really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” said Alley, WMO’s frontwoman. “We haven’t felt this good collectively in a long time. We’re ready to go.”
Sunday at Sierra Vista Lakefront Dining, Tahoe City, CA
Doors/9 p.m. Show/10 p.m.
Tickets: $10/advance $12/door
Dinner served until 8 p.m.
21 and Over
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