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Winter Park / Live Music: The Pub first stop for soul band’s album tour

Local musician Andy Irvine and his national, San Diego-based funk and soul band

On the One are performing in Winter Park Tuesday. Local band and special guests The Sofa Kings are scheduled to open the show, playing jazz-tinged grooves from 4 to 5 p.m. during the free concert.

The On the One performance is the first stop of a 10-city “Funk Throw Down” tour through Colorful Colorado this month. The band was named winner of the San Diego Music Awards for Best Jazz Album of 2007 and is gearing up to tour the country all summer long and to Japan in the fall in support of its new studio album called “Love Addiction.”

The CD consists of a dozen original songs that stick to the band’s hip-hop and rock sound. John Staten, whom Irvine calls “the mastermind behind it all” and whom has been said to be the “Drum King,” said its a danceable fusion of hip hop and rock that is “real funky” with a little edge. Like its title implies, songs go through “the different states of love and what love puts you through,” he said. The band was blown away with how well it turned out.

“It’ll probably be my favorite album because it’s our first,” Staten said. “It really captures who we are as a group.”

Other members besides Staten (from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), include sax aficionado Jesse Molloy of Giant People, guitarist Pete Lombardo, and Irvine (also from Giant People) on bass. Staten, who has worked with Irvine for at least four years, said the band is “blessed and fortunate to have him.” He said Lombardo “is real smokin’ hot” and that newest member Molloy has created a whole new energy for the band.

“He’s hungry and you can hear it,” he said of Molloy. “He lit a fire under us when he joined the group.

“We definitely hope people who come (to see us) appreciate the music and also the sincerity we put through the music,” he continued. “I like that vibe. It creates a whole synergy. We have a pretty powerful connection you don’t get with all people,” Staten said of the group. “The way we operate on stage completely comes out with our music.”

Other stops include Las Montanas in Telluride June 18, Samana Lounge in Vail June 19, The Summit in Durango June 20, The Eldo in Crested Butte June 21; then they’ll be back in Grand County to play at Cooper Creek Square June 27, at Crooked Creek Saloon June 27, at the Blues From the Top Festival with the Eden Brent Trio June 28 with an evening performance at Fontino’s that evening, and at the Andy Irvine Blues Collective at Blues From the Top Festival After Party at the Winter Park Pub June 29 before heading back on the road to Boulder, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, California, Denver, Breckenridge and Washington.

In addition to the tour, Irvine is set to sit in with another national jazz and rock group called The Brian Jordan Trio. They’ll be playing locally several times throughout the Blues From the Top Festival weekend June 27 to 29. Irvine also has a special jazz concert with his jazz group The Wapiti Jazz Quintet set to play Sept. 11 at the Historical Grand Lake Community House theatre. The second annual event is presented by the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre and advance tickets are available for $10 at the box office.

Copies of “Love Addiction” are available on the band’s MySpace page, through iTunes and CD Baby.

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