Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
The Tighten Ups
Joey Harris: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Marie Claire: Trombone | Gerry Wasson: Bass guitar | Brad Smith: Drums | Bob Conrad: Trumpet | Topher Williams: Saxophone | Laura Jane Willcock: Vocals
Genre: Covers | Standards
RIYL: Alicia Champion, Etta James, Candye Kane, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Sister Speak
Inception: San Diego, 2007
Influences: Etta James, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Elvis, Jr Walker & the All-Stars, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Tower of Power, Sam & Dave, the Heavy, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, King Khan & the Shrines
The Tighten Ups are a 7-piece soul, funk, blues, rock band fronted by singer Laura Jane Willcock. In 2009, they were nominated for a San Diego Music Award as Best Cover/Tribute Band.
The group recruited a new guitarist in early 2012, Joey Harris (still fronting the Mentals), who began co-writing songs with Wilcox for the rock and soul band. In addition, “The band are learning some of my tunes,” said Harris at the time. “My song ‘Ridin’ was made for a horn section.”
In 2015, Willcock debuted a new side band called ThunderLux.