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Local funk/hip-hop band Wordsauce headlines Form Over Function concert

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Three Central Coast-based groups are uniting for the seventh annual Form Over Function fundraiser at Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria on Saturday, Aug. 10. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Ian M. Hassett Foundation, a local nonprofit that offers scholarships, grants, and art supplies to young artists and students.


BURNING FOR YOU
Soul and gospel trio Burning, Bad & Cool performs at Presqu’ile Winery on Saturday, Aug. 10, starting at 6 p.m.
FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF BURNING, BAD & COOL

FUNK AT THE FUNCTION
Funk/hip-hop band Wordsauce performs at Presqu’ile Winery on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 845 p.m., as part of the Form Over Function benefit concert.
FILE PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM

The festivities kick off with soul and gospel act Burning, Bad & Cool at 6 p.m. This local trio consists of “Burning” James Scoolis (guitar and vocals), “Bad” Billy Baxmeyer (bass and vocals), and Jimmy “Cool” Conroy (acoustic guitar and vocals). Some of the group’s biggest influences include The Temptations, Sam Cooke, James Brown, and Ray Charles.

The Drive-In Romeos are next on the docket, scheduled to take the stage around 7:15 p.m. This Santa Maria-based ensemble, led by Don Gonzalez Jr. (lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter), specializes in roots rock and R&B. But a lot of the group’s original material takes inspiration from several other genres as well, including rockabilly, swing, and gospel.


DRIVE MY CAR
Santa Maria-based R&B band The Drive-In Romeos performs at Presqu’ile Winery on Saturday, Aug. 10, starting at 715 p.m.
FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DRIVE-IN ROMEOS

Last but certainly not least, funk/hip-hop band Wordsauce is set to perform around 8:45 p.m. This SLO-based seven-piece originated with drummer Bill Gerhardt and bassist Wesley Price in 2009. Within a year, five more members (Kevin Strong, Shawn Warnke, Samuel Franklin, Eric Mattson, and Rick Loughman) joined the group. From then on, the band began refining the eclectic sound it’s best known for, pairing live-band hip-hop with instrumentation rooted in funk.

General admission tickets to the Form Over Function concert are $25 (which also includes $2 off merchandise or raffle tickets). A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $45 (which includes early admission at 5:30 p.m., a complimentary glass of wine or beer, light appetizers, a VIP tote, and exclusive access to the VIP area). All tickets are available in advance at my805tix.com.

The winery is located at 5391 Presquile Drive, Santa Maria. Call (805) 937-8110 or visit presquilewine.com for more details.

Going south

Tribute band Led Zepplica performs at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez on Friday, Aug. 9, from 8 to 11 p.m. The saloon also hosts local acts The Just Dave Band on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8 to 11 p.m., and Nate Latta on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to each performance is free. Visit themavsaloon.com to find out more.


HERD IS THE WORD
Santa Barbara-based country rock band Stray Herd performs at Cold Spring Tavern on Friday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m.
PHOTO COURTESY OF STRAY HERD

Cold Spring Tavern’s weekly weekend lineup starts with local country rock band Stray Herd on Friday, Aug. 9, performing from 6 to 9 p.m. This Santa Barbara-based group plays a mix of modern and classic country as well as outlaw roots tunes. Solo artist Brandi Rose performs her signature blend of pop, hip-hop, soul, and blues on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by harmonic rock band RML, who take the stage from 5 to 8 p.m.

The tavern also hosts blues, rags, and good-time duo Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, who play on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1:15 to 4 p.m. A performance from blues and rock trio Teresa Russell and Cocobilli follows, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., which concludes this weekend’s lineup. All of the tavern’s shows are free to attend. For more info, visit coldspringtavern.com.

More music


DOWN TO CLOWN
Lompoc-based carnival cabaret group The Circus Starts at Midnight performs at The Beach on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 730 p.m.
FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CIRCUS STARTS AT MIDNIGHT

Costumed attire is strongly encouraged (although not required) at a special performance from The Circus Starts at Midnight at The Beach in Lompoc on Saturday, Aug. 10. This carnival cabaret group performs a whimsical blend of pop and folk with a theatrical twist. According to the event’s Facebook page, “the artist formerly known as” Criminal Wave will open the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to this free concert, but parental guidance is suggested.

Blast 825 Brewery in Orcutt presents the Shelby Lynn Duo on Friday, Aug. 9, starting at 7 p.m. The brewery also hosts solo artists Robert Herrera on Saturday, Aug. 10, starting at 7 p.m., and Russ Douglass on Sunday, Aug. 11, performing from noon to 3 p.m. All three acts are known to play both classic rock and country. Admission to each performance is free.

Santa Barbara-based singer-songwriter Will Breman performs at the Naughty Oak Brewing Company on Friday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. This solo artist utilizes live looping with multiple instruments to create a “one-man-band” effect. The venue hosts Arizona-based rock band Cadillac Angels the following evening, Saturday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. Entry to both concerts is free.

Also in Orcutt, local acoustic Americana artist Cyrus Clarke performs at Vino et Amicis Wine Bar on Friday, Aug. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. Although he’s performing solo for this gig, Clarke is widely known for his collaborations with The Expedition, The Cache Valley Drifters, and other Americana acts. Admission to the show is free. 

Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood wrote this week’s Local Notes. Contact him at cwiseblood@santamariasun.com.




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