Drawing musical inspiration from the legendary Rhythm and Blues artists of the 50's, 60's, and 70's, Soul Kitchen lays down a groove that sets your feet in motion. With a commitment to the R&B sound, the band employs a four horn section, full rhythm section, and male and female lead vocalists. This instrumentation provides authenticity of sound and enables the band to perform works popularized by make and female artists of the genre from Aretha Franklin and Etta James to Otis Redding and Ray Charles. Whether you grew up with this music or are new to it, you're certain to find this infectious.
The band is led by arranger/trumpeter Rick Hammett (recording artist for Warner Brothers, Concord Jazz Records, RCA, and Electra, 1st trumpet for Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, the Boston Pops, and musical contractor for the Colonial Theater and Boston Opera House) and features Joe Bargar on vocals/piano (toured with Otis Rush and recorded with Diana Ross) and the vocal sounds of former Atlantic recording artists April Hall. These musicians are some of the finest musical talent to be found in the Boston Area.
One listen to Soul Kitchen will tell you this is a band with a groove. If your entertainment needs demand a top quality dance band playing music everyone loves, consider Soul Kitchen.
We just got our photos back from our wedding on September 15th and I wanted to thank you again for making it a true celebration. The band was incredible and really got the tend rocking. From the first song to the last - Soul Kitchen set the tone and made it an unforgettable evening. The musicians and April were fabulous and exceeded our expectations. -Jane and Keith C.
Soul Kitchen was as sharp as most headliners...with their tight big band sound and unique arrangements, Soul Kitchen cooks... -J. Miller