Over the past six years, Monophonics have staked their claim as the San Francisco Bay Area's premier funk/soul band. Raised amid the city's rich musical culture, these young musicians proudly carry on the tradition of music native to their hometown.
Monophonics were formed in 2005; originally an instrumental ensemble comprised of guitarist Ian McDonald, bassist Myles O'Mahony, saxophonist Alex Baky, trumpeter Ryan Scott, and drummer Austin Bohlman, the band has recently added the dynamic soul vocals of keyboardist Kelly Finnigan. The result is psychedelic soul & heavy funk, which harks back to the stylings of the late 60's and early 70's, all while keeping its feet planted in the present.

As a mainstay of San Francisco venues such as the Boom Boom Room and the Independent, the Monophonics have created a national buzz and fervent local following, sharing the stage & bill with such names as Budos Band, Orgone, Soulive, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The New Mastersounds, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dumpstafunk, Charles Walker & The Dynamites and many more. Their recording credits include tracks with the The New Mastersounds and Karl Denson (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Grey Boy All-Stars) who's also featured on their latest release and second album, Into the Infrasounds. The album also includes musical guests Mic Gillete of Tower of Power & Jonathan Korty of Vinyl. Their touring schedule has brought their signature rowdy, hard-hitting live set to over 300 dates from California to Mississippi, as well as major music festivals including High Sierra, Joshua Tree and Las Tortugas. Additionally, the ensemble has established itself as yearly residents at the legendary New Orleans Jazz Festival. They have been featured in various magazines including Relix's "On the Rise" section, and in 2007, were awarded best Funk/Soul/R&B band in SF Weekly's "Best of the Bay Awards."

Already in 2011, the group has showcased their new sound with the release of a 7" entitled "Like Yesterday," for Colemine Records. The record feature's members of the Los Angeles based funk group Orgone, and will be distributed across the United States, Europe and Japan. Also in 2011, Monophonics will complete their third album to date, lacing the sounds of the late 60's/early 70's psych soul with fuzz guitars, freaky synthesizers, hard-driving drums and bass, funky horns and gritty vocals, a sonic testimony to the evolution of this six-piece unit.

Project H

2012 was the most successful year to date for The Project H! This seven-piece instrumental outfit has shared the stage with national acts: The Bad Plus, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam, Yojimbo, and Snarky Puppy. The Project H traveled to New Orleans to play for a packed house at the legendary Howlin’ Wolf during the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The Project H was able to show off it's versatility by playing at rock clubs, festivals, coffee shops, dive bars and jazz clubs with reggae acts, hard rock bands, bluegrass groups, rappers, funk groups and indie rock bands. The group was asked to play for the Major League Baseball All-Star Fan Fest during All-Star week in Kansas City. The group was also nominated for it's first Pitch Music Award for "Best Jazz Ensemble."

These performances were in support of the group’s studio recording, “Become Light.” The release features nine original songs by trombonist, Ryan Heinlein that are sure to keep your mind and feet intrigued. "Become Light" was named the second best jazz release in Kansas City in 2012 by the Plastic Sax blog. The guy that got first (Pat Methany), won a Grammy.

As an educational outlet, The Project H was able to give clinics to several colleges, high schools and middle schools in Missouri and Kansas. The group was able to perform for these students, work with their bands, give sectionals and masterclasses. Topics included but were not limited to: choosing colleges, basics of improvisation, composing, finding your voice, becoming a professional musician, moving to a new city and networking.

2013 is starting off just as strong. The Project H has opened up for two national touring acts from New Orleans, Cliff Hines and Gravity A. The band also arranged all twenty songs from Beck's newest project, Song Reader. The debut of Beck's Song Reader sold out the Record Bar in Kansas City. The Project H has been asked to play at the Cotillion Ballroom with Monophonics in Wichita, Kansas. The Project H is currently writing new music in preparation for it's third release, due out next Spring.

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Friday, June 7 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Cotillion Ballroom