Durand Jones & the Indications
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, Lowrider Sundays DJs
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
This event is 21 and over
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Durand Jones & the Indications
“My grandma always heard me singing at home, and she said, ‘I’m gonna put your ass in the youth choir,’” remembers Durand Jones. “I was reluctant. But one day the organist could hear me in the choir, and said ‘boy I’m gonna give you a song.’ So I sang the song… the whole church just flipped out. People were running and jumping and afterwards they were giving me money and stuff. Man it was really cool. That’s when the realization came that maybe I could make something of this.”
In the fall of 2012, Durand Jones left small-town Louisiana for the foot-hills of Indiana. Alto saxophone in tote he enrolled in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. “Being a singer was never part of the plan,” Jones admits. But soon enough Jones found his way in front of a rowdy rock-n-roll band belting out a rambunctious rendition of “Dock Of The Bay,” to a basement full drunken undergrads. That rowdy band unfolded into the Indications – comprised of drummer, Aaron Frazer, guitarist Blake Rhein, bassman Kyle Houpt, and organist Justin Hubler.
Inspired by a handful of dusty and obscure 45s baring names like the Ethics, the Brothers of Soul, and the Icemen, the Indications set out to make a record steeped in heavy drums, blown-out vocals, and deep grooves. Gathered around a Tascam 4-track cassette recorder and a case of Miller High-Life, the group spent their Sunday evenings recording into the early hours of the morning.
Their fiery single, “Smile” caught the ear of regional record-man Terry Cole of Colemine records, who swiftly pressed up a batch of 45s. Initially a sensation among record collectors, Durand Jones & The Indications began to receive recognition from music fans of all kinds.
“When Durand Jones & The Indications debut album was released, we had no idea what the world would think,” explains Terry Cole owner of Colemine Records. "After all, the record, albeit finely crafted, was conceived in a dingy Indiana basement on a shoestring budget of 452 dollars and 11 cents (we kept receipts). They didn't have ‘buzz.' They didn't have a following. They didn't have the measured flash of more polished operations. But as the final mixes spun off of the master reel, we knew what they did have was one remarkable soul record. To our delight, the record was a smash and their no-frills LP continues to fly off the shelves."
“Easily one of the best deep soul albums we've heard in years.” – DUSTY GROOVE
“… soul music that's so much of the old school that it might as well drive a car with fins.” - MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
"The album is beautifully produced...Jones absolutely dominates the songs with his powerful, soulful and ever-evolving voice.” - SPILL MAGAZINE
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
For me, it all started in 1987 with 5 years of classical piano lessons. My love for music was reinvigorated in 1994 with The Beastie Boys’ “Check Your Head” and “Ill Communication,” Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter The Wu,” and various DIY hardcore punk. I played drums in a few different punk bands in high school and early college.
My next musical obsessions come in 1998 with DJ Shadow’s “Entroducing” album, Dan the Automator and Kool Keith’s “Dr. Octagon” as well as Money Mark’s “Mark’s Keyboard Repair.” These bands and albums introduced me to some of the best-unknown records and lofi produced sounds, and I began my recording career with 2 different Tascam cassette 4 tracks. I bought a Technics 1200 record player, a Stanton battle mixer, a Roland keyboard, a Korg Sampler, and began collecting records to sample. I spent countless hours chopping samples and looping drum breaks; creating down tempo hip-hop beats.
Soon after, I fell in love with Herbie Hancock’s “Headhunters,” The Greyboy Allstars album “A Town Called Earth,” Miles Davis “In A Silent Way,” and The Poets of Rhythm “Discern/Define.” I began messing around with writing funky grooves, collecting vintage keyboards, and improvising. I played keys in a few Downtempo/Funk/Soul/Hiphop bands in San Diego.
A few years later after hearing a bunch of the amazing albums from Daptone and the Truth and Soul Records artists such as El Michels Affair, Menahan Street Band, Budos Band, Lee Fields, etc… I was highly inspired and realized I needed to put together an ensemble to make gritty recordings and perform this music fused together by all of my diverse and eclectic influences such as Afrobeat, Soul-Jazz, Trip Hop, Soul/Funk, Ethio Jazz, Jazz-Funk, and psychedelic music from around the world. I started in a few smaller soul-jazz and instrumental funk quartets, but I was craving a bigger sound…
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble was born in 2012 with myself and several other core members from the San Diego area including: Chris Lea on sax/flute (Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Orchestra,) Kiko Cornejo Jr. on congas (Quetzal, Makina Loca,) local SD Latin Jazz legend, Bill Caballero, on trumpet, Nick Costa on guitar, Matt LaBarber on bass (K23 Orchestra,) Peter Williams on drums, and my wife Sheryll Felten on shekere. Under my direction, we started with some material I had been working on for a few years, and before too long began writing new tunes collaboratively. We added young sax/flute talent, Jesse Audelo (In Motion Collective, San Diego Symphony) shortly after.
Now 5 years, four 45rpm singles, and 2 full length albums later… we have had the opportunity to perform all over California and Oregon; both headlining and opening for many of the best bands in any genre. We have held down several monthly residencies in San Diego and have had very regular appearances at The Boom Room Room in San Francisco. We have also partnered with one of the top independent Funk/Soul labels in the world: Colemine Records. Other notable bands that have released music with Colemine include: Orgone, Jungle Fire, Durand Jones and The Indications, and The Monophonics.
Because of Colemine, and their partnership with Fat Beats, our recordings have been bought and sold all over the planet. This exposure has lead to numerous spins on radio worldwide. In December of 2016 we were prominently featured on legendary alternative rock station, 91X, in San Diego, as the Artist of the month. We have also been honored locally, on Reddit, and numerous blogs worldwide with accolades for both of our albums.
A few of the original members have left and we’ve added some very solid new ones including: Jake Najor (Big Daddy Kane, Breakestra, The Styletones,) Omar Lopez (The Original Wailers, B-Side Players,) Andy Geib (Slightly Stoopid, DJ Williams’ Shots Fired,) and Willy Fleming (Todo Mundo, Elektric Voodoo.) We are extremely excited for what is yet to come! We are constantly writing new music and working that material into our live shows, and we can’t wait to perform it at a club or festival near you!
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Lowrider Sundays aims to build and strengthen community ties as, well as create a platform for sharing collective interests, issues and narratives. Each show consists of soulful tunes and interviews with our guest DJs.