Jay Allen Sanford 2 p.m., Dec. 5
Stacey and the Stimulators
Sound description: Paying all Respect to Aretha.
RIYL: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, the David Grisman Quintet, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Joe Cocker, the Beatles
Inception: San Diego, 2009
Current Status: Playing shows around town.
Influences: Aretha Franklin, David Grisman, Django Reinhardt, Stanley Clarke
Stacey and the Stimulators (formerly known as Stacey and the Stimulus Package) have a repertoire that includes covers of modern hits and original tunes. Front woman Stacey Murray was raised in Georgia and, like Aretha Franklin, grew up in gospel choir settings.
Bandmates have included Paul Yancey (mandolin, guitar), Paul Hormick (string bass), and guitarist Rob Myers of the Fabulous Rudies.