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Live music: Sofa Kings not a sit-down show

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Put your feet up, and put your dancing shoes on. The Sofa Kings band is putting on a free concert starting at 9:30 p.m. at the Winter Park Pub Friday.

The band is comprised of several seasoned local musicians who “wanted to do something fun and different from the other bands they have played with,” said Tom Camillo, bassist. It features Robbie Gonzalez on guitar, Mark Burg on keyboards, Terry Tompkins on drums and Camillo.

The band’s “first thought was not to write songs, but instead, to just have some fun playing music with a big emphasize on the groove.” After hours of playing together and developing that serious groove, they decided to play a show or two in town.

During Friday’s show, they will visit songs from bands like Soulive, Medeski Martin and Wood, Galactic, John Scofield, and even some of the Beastie Boys’ instrumental funk.

“The Winter Park Pub is one of the best venues for live music in the Valley,” Camillo said. “In the winter, the shows are moved inside for a very engaging and intimate setting. They have been hosting a free Friday Concert series that is expected to continue for the entire winter. Never a cover, unless it is a big national act or special event. They are also the mainstay venue for special events, and benefit shows, with owner Jeff Williams being very active in the local community and Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.”

Audiences at the show Oct. 26 will see the Sofa Kings offer instrumental funky groove music that makes audiences want to move. Camillo said this “is sure to be a show at the Winter Park Pub that will keep the dance floor moving and grooving to keep people warm on these cold nights.”


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