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Elektric Voodoo + Pawn Shop Soul
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Thursday, June 1st
Afrobeat-Blues-Latin-Psychedelic-Rock Featuring Members & Alumni Of GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS, G-LOVE & JOHN SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSIONR
8:30 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $7 advance, $10 day of show,

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Moe's Alley proudly presents Elektric Voodoo, an all star band out of San Diego featuring members & alumni of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, G-Love & John Spencer Blues Explosion.  Sasnta Cruz favorites Pawn Shop Soul will be sharing this double bill, performing first so come early and don't miss a beat!

ELEKTRIC VOODOO - VIDEO- "The Warming" (Live)

Elektric Voodoo is a new band from San Diego, CA that blends afrobeat, deep space blues, latin, psychedelic, and vintage rock & roll into rhythmically charged 4 to 7 minute songs that end up being neither genre or era specific.  This 5 piece ensemble is centered around the drums, percussion, and bass as all of the songs were built on driving rhythms that are undeniably propulsive.  On top of this beat heavy foundation layers of guitars, vintage keyboards, and undefinable sounds swirl and build into emotional peaks and hypnotic drones.  

The group was started by Scott Tournet (formerly of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Blues & Lasers, Solo) who began recording new songs in his living room just for fun.  After recording the majority of an album he connected with some like-minded musicians who loved what they heard and the recording project morphed into a proper band.  Elektric Voodoo is Tournet (vocals, guitars, keys, harmonica), Mark Boyce (John Spencer Blues Explosion/G-Love- keyboards), Ty Kiernan (percussion), Matt Bozzone (drums), and Evan Lucas (bass).

The lyrics drift in and out, touching on a number of different emotions and moods while the common theme seems to be the push and pull between two varying entities.  The characters and perspective shift in a way that sometimes the relationship is between the narrator and the unknown (Echo), a girl and her boyfriend who is out of town for the weekend (Boyfriend), a friend giving a friend who is on a  losing streak advice (Expectation), to one character telling another that they've gone over the edge (The Other Side).
 



From Scott: 
 
Elektric Voodoo originally started out as a way for me to have a musical outlet after I left Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.  After 13 years, touring and playing with a band were all I had come to know and after leaving I was left with a void.  I started focusing on recording and engineering instead of going into a traditional recording studio to learn something new and also, honestly, because I couldn't afford to.  There was a steep learning curve and many a day was lost arguing with a computer screen.  After some time though, I began to find my footing and a couple song ideas started to emerge. 

Musically I wanted to try something a little different than what I'd done before.  I wanted to make music with an undeniable rhythmic pulse but I really didn't want to make computer driven dance music as these past few years that seems to be much of what I hear.  I started by making imperfect loops of old wooden percussion that I found at yard sales around town.  Maracas, tambourines, shekere, congas, etc.  I'd find a rhythm that intrigued me and then I'd play guitar or bass over it until I found something that felt right.  Next, I would record it on my phone and sing along to it nonsensically while driving (and roll up the window while stopped at red lights).  Soon, I would come up with a melody and lyrics and then I would record it.  I loved the process but it definitely took a lot of time. 

After listening back to the recordings I decided that much of my drumming and percussion could be better.  I reached out to John Staten (Karl Denson, Pimps of Joytime) who lives in San Diego and he came in and blew me away.  The songs leaped out of the speakers after he added his gift to the music.  Soon after I met Ty Kiernan who has been playing percussion regionally in San Diego for years and is a true student of his craft.  Ty came in and schooled me on the art of percussion.  He added Timbales, congas, bongos, shekere, etc and in the process exposed me to a whole world of rhythms that I didn't know about.  Together these guys pushed the rhythm of the record into a whole new stratosphere.  I'm so grateful for their contributions. 

With many new songs recorded I started getting the itch to play live again.  It had been over a year since I had been on stage which was the longest amount of time since I started playing. I invited my friend Evan Lucas to play bass as we had been jamming together informally and had a very natural chemistry.  John Staten was out on tour so Ty reached out to drummer Matt Bozzone (Todo Mundo) who came in and impressed with his skill and passion to continually learn and push himself.  Finally, Mark Boyce (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, G-Love) rounded out the group on keys.  I had crossed paths with Mark on the road but we'd never met.  As a musician, he is truly a force to be reckoned with.

ABOUT PAWN SHOP SOUL

Founded in 2013 by veteran soul, funk, and jazz musicians, Pawn Shop Soul features a full horn line not often heard in this millennium. The horn front line stands and delivers on the powerful grooves generated by a five-piece rhythm section. An orchestra of soul all by itself, Hammond organ both sustains the groove and soars above it. Booty bumpiní bio-rhythms are supplied by inter-locking traps, bass and congas. Satisfying body and soul, Pawn Shop Soul provides high-energy dance music in the tradition of Stax, Volt, Chess and many others.

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