MINDI ABAIR AND THE BONESHAKERS
Fri., June 14 •DENVER• Soiled Dove Underground
7401 East 1st Ave., Showtimes: 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets $30-$45
California band Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers effectively blend rock and blues with elements of soul and jazz. They are led by lead vocalist and award-winning saxophonist Mindi Abair and include phenomenal musicians Randy Jacobs (guitar and vocals), Rodney Lee (keys), Ben White (bass, vocals) and Third Richardson (drums, vocals).
The band is gearing up to release its third studio album, No Good Deed, on June 28. Fans will get a taste of the new music which includes an enthralling array of original material along with some cleverly reworked covers of songs from the Rascals, Etta James and others.
Before she and the Boneshakers were a band, Mindi Abair had already made her mark as an award-winning sax player, with two Grammy nominations and eight records to her credit. Her edgy, contemporary style of playing was widely sought after by bands like Aerosmith and Duran Duran — both of whom she toured with extensively.
Abair first met Jacobs at a gig where she witnessed him do a back flip off the stage and into the audiences without missing a chord change. Jacobs, who played in Bonnie Raitt’s band and Was Not Was, became a regular player on her solo records, but it was later, when Abair sat in with the Boneshakers at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival in 2014, that the two musical forces became one.
“We’ve got a lot of years together as a band,” says Abair. “And what you hear on No Good Deed drips of me and the Boneshakers but also unveils variations of where the band can go. We pushed into other spaces that we’re really comfortable in — we just hadn’t showed them to the world yet.”
The band’s live show is equally electric and not to be missed.