Space Capone Brings Dance Party to the Rives, Nov. 23

19 Nov

 

There’s an old joke about Nashville, Tenn., that says no matter where you throw a rock, you’ll wind up hitting a banjo player.

It’s total farce of course, but it does touch on a very real perception within Music City: There seem to be hundreds, if not thousands, of talented country, alt-country and Americana bands.

And then there’s Space Capone – the soul/rock/pop/funk/R&B act bobbing in a sea of Tennessee twang.

The seven-piece band will bring its huge sound – which includes electric guitar, bass, keyboard, horns and percussion – to uptown Martinsville this Friday as part of the Rives Theatre’s annual day-after-Thanksgiving show.

Lead singer Aaron Winters said his band’s uniqueness has helped it become a favorite of many Music City musicians.

“I know at shows we have a lot of musical peers in the crowd – guys that are even a little bit more successful than we are, but they’re in the audience having a blast,” said Winters. “We are the ultimate party band on the Nashville party scene. We haven’t been off for a major holiday in 4 or 5 years, and we pride ourselves on that. I’m not in music to write sappy lyrics and play in coffee shops. I do this to make people move.”

The band’s latest album, “Space Capone,” does just that. It was recorded in Los Angeles under the direction of musical engineers Jerry Hey (Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire) and Jay Graydon (Airplay, Steely Dan) to create a familiar must-dance feel.

“Jerry Hey worked with Rod Temperton and Quincy Jones on ‘Thriller,” the best-selling record of all time, and he also arranged all the horns on “Off the Wall” and “Bad,” said Winters. “So if someone says they hear MJ in our latest album, it’s because they do. It’s in the production of the tracks.”

Winters draws inspiration from Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire and a host of “classic R&B” artists from days gone by, and he shares a primary goal with each of them: Get the crowd dancing.

“I’ve seen so many different dance moves, and the festivals are sometimes the worst,” said Winters, whose band has played Bonaroo, Austin City Limits, Hangout Fest and others, including Rooster Walk 4. “Most of the time, no, their dance moves aren’t polished. But it’s still a success if they’re up there moving around.”

Tickets are $8 in advance from Woodall’s Music or Studio 107. Tickets will be $10 at the door on Friday, with music starting at 9 p.m. Season passes will not be accepted for this show.

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