Monophonics, 6/15/12

Monophonics (w/ Fanny Franklin)
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
June 15, 2012



In celebration of their latest release, In Your Brain, and following a set from former Orgone front woman, Fanny Franklin, San Francisco’s hometown purveyors of funk, Monophonics, took the stage at the city’s historic Great American Music Hall on a recent June night.

Though forming in 2005 with a sole focus on creating instrumentals, the band — that consists of guitarist Ian MacDonald, bassist Myles O’Mahony, saxophonist Alex Baky, trumpeter Ryan Scott, and drummer Austin Bohlman — has truly come into its own with the recent addition of keyboardist/vocalist Kelly Finnigan.

With music that covers bases ranging from psychedelic soul (Sly and the Family Stone) to hard and heavy funk (Parliament) coupled with styling that is reminiscent of a day and time when “letting it all hang out” was done with more ease and abandon, the group is met with dancing throngs at most every turn.

In short, Monophonics are a hard working, relentlessly touring band that has now hit its stride. Having now begun to be slated on the bills of more “destination” festivals, the band is  migrating further and further east. Naturally, the word has begun and one can only surmise that the band’s rise is seemingly inevitable.

But on this night, it was all about San Francisco, where it was once again proven (courtesy of a packed house of fully devoted fans) that there truly is no place like home.


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