Vinyl plays the past to rouse today’s audience |

Vinyl plays the past to rouse today’s audience

Robert Stern

Reviving the sounds of lost records left in back rooms and dark basements, Vinyl inspires a new generation of music listeners to the sounds of ’60s R&B, ’70s funk, roots-reggae and Latin grooves.

Vinyl has played with such luminaries as Phil Lesh and Jimmy Cliff and at festivals such as New Orleans Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival.

But there is an excitement in connecting with fellow traveling bands who make their livings playing clubs across the nation.

“It is really a pleasure to run into all the bands that are at our level and try to get through to todays audiences,” said bassist Geoff Vaughan.

Playing an explosive style of music that charges its audiences with electric feet, Vinyl is often categorized as a jamband.

“It just seems to me that jamband sort of describes a style that plays loose and gets away from the pop music song structure, and is, in my opinion, more groove oriented . . . It is a common thread of philosophy,” Vaughan said.

Vinyl is an eight-piece instrumental band which, without vocals, has more musical options.

“The structure gets loosened up, and it allows every player to roam a little bit more and to play the grooves just a little bit looser,” he said

But with so many musicians, keeping the sound tight can be a challenge.

“I think that from the get go we have had a good musical understanding of each other, and we are relaxed,” Vaughan said. “For an eight-piece band to sound good you need to leave space. Don’t overplay and do a lot of listening . . . learn how to play off one another.”

Vinyl is based in Marin County and often plays such Bay Area venues as The Great American Music Hall, Elbo Room, The Last Day Saloon, Slims and Sweetwater.

“It is a good place for us to be in our lives as far as being happy and that translates into the music,” he said. “We live in a beautiful area, and we are all sort of outdoor minded. Your surroundings can have a lot to do with your state of mind.”

Vinyl will be releasing their third independent album in the spring, entitled “Flea Market.”

Vinyl is Doug Thomas (saxophone, flute), Danny Cao (trumpet), Jonathan Korty (Hammond organ, keys, harp) Billy Frates (guitar), Antonio Onorato (congas, timbales), Geoff Vaughan (bass), Sean Onorato (percussion), and Alexis Razon (drums).

Vinyl will play Saturday at Mulligan’s Irish Pub in South Lake Tahoe. Tickets are $15 in advance. The show is 21 & up. Doors open at 9 p.m. and showtime is at 10 p.m. They will play Sunday at The Hyatt Regency in Incline Village. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. The show is all ages. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with showtime at 9 p.m.

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