Artist Spotlight: Monophonics / People’s Blues of Richmond

When Al Bell, co-owner of the legendary record label Stax, calls your band “one of the best live soul bands I have ever seen,” you know you’ve gotten something right. This is the reality for Monophonics, a sextet of San Franciscans who have been playing together for over a decade now.With a sound they describe as “psychedelic soul” and an energetic live show, Monophonics has been cultivating a fan base that spans the globe, from London to Istanbul and back home to the Bay.
Despite starting their career as an all-instrumental band, Monophonics added keyboardist and vocalist Kelly Finnigan to the mix in 2010, bringing a notable dose of soulful grit to their classic grooves. Over the years, they’ve performed with a wide range of music legends, from Al Green to Karl Denson to folk musician Rodriguez. They’ve toured music festivals and venues around the world, known for their superb musicianship and uncanny ability to make an audience get up and dance.

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