Local All-Star Soul Revue Hosts Winter Dance Party At Chapel

By Dave Pehling

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Ably setting backsides in motion for the past decade, all-star R&B revue Marc & the Casuals has earned a solid reputation as one of San Francisco’s premiere party-starting outfit. Led by session veteran and keyboard/trumpet player Marc Capelle, his core wrecking crew of Bay Area luminaries features such talented musicians as guitarist Bart Davenport (a solo artist who has also fronted Honeycut and the Loved Ones) and his Persephone’s Bees partner guitarist Tom Ayers, drummer Todd Roper (Chuck Prophet, Cake), and onetime Dwarves bass player Pete Straus.

Augmented by a full horn section (trumpet player Danny Cao and saxophonist Tom Griesser) and additional auxiliary players — among them Capelle’s own son Evan on percussion — the group backs a rotating who’s who of local guest vocalists through marathon sets that range from deep soul and funk covers to revamped rock classics.

Serving as a sort of living, breathing big-band jukebox, Marc & the Casuals provide hard-grooving support for a line-up of singers that will include Bob Reed (of noted noise-pop band Overwhelming Colorfast and roots reggae outfit the Titan Ups), Meryl Press (Citay), Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers) and Adrianne DeLanda (Extra Classic). For this show, Capelle and company are joined by popular San Francisco soul selector DJ Primo (Oldies Night) spinning R&B classics and obscure dance-floor fillers before and between sets by the live band.

Marc & the Casuals Winter Soul Dance Party
Wednesday, December 28, 8 p.m. $18-$20
The Chapel

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