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      November 2, 2013

      Saturday   9:00 PM

      908 K Street
      Sacramento, California 95814

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      Slippery Slope, The Inciters

      Northern Soul
      Northern Soul

         in 1999, frustrated with the conventions of hardcore punk, Kendon Smith struck out with the idea of creating a group which maintained his punk ethos, but explored the sonic spectrum of his interests, which were at the time largely dominated by atomic age retro pop, international pop, latin jazz, psychedelic soul, big band jazz and easy listening. It took 8 years of ebb and flow to finally begin in Oakland, CA with a skeleton crew of similarly inspired and skilled players. They have since ping ponged from club to club, gaining appreciation with each performance, a collision of "cool" and "square" to conjure new angles and contours in sound, not bogged down by the fads that their contemporaries long to emulate.
         Over the years, there have been numerous line up changes with the constant being the songcraft of ghetto punk tranplanted to this Paris of The West that is SAN FRANCISCO, in homage to the freak flags, the and all those bards who answered the call-- AND THEN exploring the paths left by the likes of Qunicy Jones, John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith, Ennio Morricone, Burt Bacharch, Isaac Hayes, and filtering them through a 10 piece band replete with brass, reed and percussion and rhythm section. ornamented by the wiles of the feminine lead vocal, the gonzo siren interpreting the communiques dispatched from the soul of one Kendon Walker Smith.
         A bit of thrift store elegance for the people...   Our latest album, "Soul Clap", was released on Jump Up! Records in 2012. It's available on iTunes, at our shows, and many independent record stores.
         One of the West Coast's finest Northern Soul bands - THE INCITERS! An overpowering 11-piece dance floor soul band that has brought the house down from LA to Chicago and all across Europe, releasing 3 albums to date on Grover/Elmo Records in Germany and " DOING FINE" which was recorded in Chicago and released by JUMP UP in 2000. The band's newest album, "Soul Clap" on JUMP UP was released February 15, 2012.
         THE INCITERS play Northern Soul music, a genre that originated in the north of England in the 1960s, taking inspiration from America's Stax and Motown greats like the Temptations, Stevie Wonder and the Supremes.
         Northern Soul takes the Motown/Stax ethic but adds a stronger back-beat with more adventurous production, and THE INCITERS continue this tradition in grand style on their new 11 track album SOUL CLAP. With 11 members wielding drums, bass, guitars, a full horn section, and three strong female vocalists, THE INCITERS have no problem filling a room with the powerful sound of soul. The four vocalists - Betsy Jane Kniffin, Andrea Button, Aimee Gruber, and Jessica White Cloud - lead the band through finely crafted original songs as well as traditional soul music that will get you out of your seat and start to dance. Their choreography has an improvisational character to it as each of the singers cues off the moves of the others. THE INCITERS first formed back in 1995 and had a successful 10-year run before breaking up in 2005 - leaving behind a massive following in Europe that demanded their return year after year. In 2009, they got their wish as original member / bandleader Rick Kendrick went to work putting the band back together. THE INCITERS re-formed with some new, younger faces and picked up right where they left off. Right after the group reformed, they embarked on another successful European tour, released a teaser 7" single on Scorcha in Germany, and then got to work to record their comeback album for 2012 - SOUL CLAP!

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