California band Orgone to bring funk and soul to Steamboat Springs on Friday
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When: 10 p.m., Friday, June 17
Where: Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs — At an Orgone show, vocalist Adryon De León said audiences are not permitted to stand around.
“The audience should get ready to dance,” she said on the phone enroute to Steamboat Thursday.
The California-based, eight-piece band is equipped with vintage instruments and tours up to 150 dates a year. This high-energy funk group will make its way back to Steamboat Springs at 10 p.m. Friday to take over the Old Town Pub stage.
Formed by Dan Hastie and Sergio Rios in 1999, Orgone is driven by its roots of soul, funk, pumping disco beats and R&B. The members behind this distinct sound include Sam Halterman on drums, J.J. Kirkpatrick on trumpet, Ricky Lucchese on trombone, Dale Jennings on bass, Will Phillips on percussion, León on vocals, Rios on guitar and Hastie on keys.
Not only have they garnered a national fan base, Orgone has gone on to be the backing band on major label releases like Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” album and Cee Lo Green’s multiple Grammy-Award winning track, “Fool for You.” In addition, the band has released seven studio albums with their latest 2015 Shanachie Entertainment album “Beyond the Sun.”
Explore Steamboat caught up with León earlier this week to talk about the band’s funky grooves and their upcoming show in Steamboat.
Explore Steamboat: Where does the root of Orgone’s sound, soul and funk derive from?
Adryon De León: Sergio and Dan grew up in high school together and were always listening to funk bands like Parliament, The Meters, Booker T, etc. They fell in love with that funky soulful sound. I grew up listening to musicians like Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle and Whitney Houston. I think it really comes from that love for funk and soul music.
ES: What is it that makes Orgone unique?
ADL: I think it comes down to the passion to keeping the integrity of the music they are trying to emulate. What’s unique on our scene is this jam presence, that if you play funk, you just jam. But this band has a really tight, structured sound that is cinematic, real and raw. We are all in this journey together as a band, and we want to be able to paint a picture that is this warm, soul-filled package for people. We play soulful, world music that comes from the heart, and I would tell people who have never been to one of our shows to be open and to be moved.
ES: In your opinion, what makes a live show successful?
ADL: I think it’s the symbiotic relationship with the audience, but to also always be building upon the number before. Because you may come to a point in a set where the tempo slows down, but for us, something is always simmering beneath.
ES: How does Orgone differentiate its sound?
ADL: It’s just this perfect storm of vintage instruments and the arrangements of tunes. When we do covers, our keys player Dan is a record-head and is always looking out for obscure things or covers we can make into our own sound as we develop ourselves. We are not a jam band, and I think that’s what really sets us apart.
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