Band stirs up a funky party
DILLON -When a band competes with three other shows in one nightclub week after week, it learns how to mesmerize the crowd.Fredi & the Soul Shakers throw a fast-paced party because the members have learned if they don’t draw the audience into their scene, people will move on to the next danceable groove. It’s been the house band at The Church in Denver since 1996, competing with DJs who keep people on the dance floor by running together high energy vibes.”We’re a party, dance band,” guitarist Michael Schuberth said. “It’s all oriented around people having fun. It’s not oriented around playing great, serious music with great social commentary. It’s all about getting people involved to let them know “This is a party, and we want you to be part of it, too.'”The band enlists audience members by throwing out shakers to add to its funky, hard-core dance grooves.”We put the fun in funk,” lead singer Fredi Johnson said, “and we have a whole lot of fun doing it. Unless you’re dead, you’ll have fun too.”Though Fredi & the Soul Shakers is a rhythm-and-blues, soul and funk cover band, it adds its own flair to the tunes.”We’re not out to imitate songs written by other people,” Schuberth said. “You won’t hear us do a song and then stop and do another song. Virtually everything we do runs together. Our second (half of the) show is like one long song.”Along with rearranging tunes, Johnson rearranges her body, shaking it like nobody’s business.”I can move my body in ways other people can’t,” she said. “I’ve been told by other people that I have a great stage presence.””Picture about 200 pounds of chocolate Jell-O shaking on stage, and that would be Fredi,” Schuberth said.The free party begins at 7 p.m. at the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre.—Fredi & the Soul Shakers- When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10- Where: Lake Dillon Amphitheatre, Dillon
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