Contractions and negatives in song titles — “Don’t Know,” “Can’t Give,” “What I’m Trying” — convey the anguish
Andrew Hamlin 1 p.m., July 29
Jon Harford: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Lawrence Gaskin: Vocals | Valerie Pierce: Vocals | Garth Robbins: Saxophone | Carl Prescott: Trumpet | Jim Weiss: Saxophone | Don Bowman: Saxophone | Brian Mafi: Bass guitar | Cecil McBee: Bass guitar | Carlos Rull: Drums | Mike Towe: Drums
Sound description: Old school R&B designed to keep your head grooving and your feet moving.
Inception: San Diego, 2005
Influences: Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sam and Dave, Motown, Stax, Maceo
Smokestaxx started as an eight piece soul revue, before expanding their sound to include jazz, funk, R&B, and rock & roll. They perform frequently around town, usually as a five or six piece ensemble.