Dryw Keltz 2 p.m., Jan. 23
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
Tim Felten: Organ, Piano | Jesse Audelo: Flute, Saxophone | Sheryll Felten: Vocals | Matt LaBarber: Bass guitar | Pete Williams: Drums | Nick Costa: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Diego Velasquez: Percussion | Omar Lopez: Bass guitar
RIYL: Stevie and the Hi-Staxx, Freddie Hubbard, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, the Meters, My Mynd
- "2019 Music Issue" · March 27, 2019
Influences: Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy McGriff, Mulatu Astatke, Isaac Hayes, the Poets of Rhythm
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble is a heavy, original, instrumental soul band with a cinematic sound featuring Tim Felten (organ and electric piano), his wife Sheryll Felten, and anywhere from five to eight more players.
A self-titled debut full-length was released in 2015. The following year, the band collaborated with the Amplified brewery to create a signature craft beer and released a followup album, Out On the Coast.
The group won Best Blues Album at the 2015 SDMAs and Best Recording at the 2017 SDMAs. In 2018, guitarist Nick Costa debuted a new solo project, My Mynd.
Their album Build Bridges debuted number one on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart in October 2019.