Stump City Soul, Vinyl Gold at The Secret Society
Stump City Soul
Stump City Soul is a collection of life-long musicians from the Pacific Northwest with a passion for the solid gold hits of the 1960’s and 70’s. Stump City delivers high energy dance tunes guaranteed to take your event to that next level no matter the occasion.
Vinyl Gold is a jazz-influenced funk and soul band playing original music, from Portland, OR. Influences include Jamie Lidell, Jamiroquai, Tower of Power, Joan Osborne, Stevie Wonder, The Meters, and Aretha Franklin.
Founders and songwriters Mark Bennett and Sarah Tollefson are long-time friends and bandmates who have been playing music together in other bands for almost 10 years. Their dream is to fill dance floors with sweaty, exuberant new friends and to bring their brand of funk and soul music to the people. And it's coming true.
Vocals, songwriter: Sarah Tollefson got her start in theatre arts, where she shined as a singer and performer. She's been in choirs of all shapes and sizes, jazz ensembles, and an 11-piece blues and funk band. You can often find her sitting in with other local musicians around town, and she sings in local Portland band Fez Fatale. She is a powerful vocalist ranging the styles of funk, soul, blues and jazz. Her range of styles and raw power are what have set her apart. She is totally in love with the music of Vinyl Gold, and would marry it.
Keyboards, songwriter: Mark Bennett is a multi-instrumentalist, but he loves the keys. He has been playing jazz since he was a kid, and it shows in his writing and playing style. He has been in giant swing bands, and tiny jazz trios, and has even played solo for payment in delicious soup. In Vinyl Gold, you'll see him on keyboard, Rhodes electric piano, and the Hammond organ.
Drummer, percussionist: Cameron Siegal is a drummer, percussionist, teacher, and composer. His experience in Western and World Music styles allow him the freedom to perform and teach a wide variety of genres. While focusing on the drum set as a performer, his musical life and sense of groove have been enriched by the sounds of West African drum orchestras, the gong ensembles of Java and Bali, the samba bands of Brazil, the calypso bands of Trinidad, as well as Western orchestras and drum corps, having marched in the tenor lines of the Cadets of Bergen County (2007, 2008) and the East Coast Jazz Drum and Bugle Corps (2006). In addition to leading his own original funk/dance/world music band, Space Leech, he is involved in a range of musical genres. Cam completed his Masters of Jazz Studies degree at the Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL in 2014, and is currently the Director of Percussion at West Salem High School, in Salem, OR.
Bass: A blend of soulful jazz, blues, R&B, hip hop, and a little cajun spice gives this 7 string bass & Upright player a unique flavor all his own. A Monroe, LA native, John Pounds came to Oregon in 1992. John's one-of-a-kind finger-flying and bass-slapping style has made him a favorite in Northwest venues. Playing and coloring «outside the lines» is what makes this bassist stand above his contemporaries. His original flair and talent add a distinctive, full-bodied sound to any genre of music. Even though John jokingly speaks of himself as «Always the bridesmaid, never the bride!», this «bridesmaid» has been called in to share the stage with such names as: Wynonna Judd, Bon Jovi, The Celine Dion Orchestra, Rod Price (Foghat), Starship, KMB, The Tony Coleman Band (Drummer for B.B. King), Tom Jones, Elton John and Billy Joel and most recently with Steve Ferrone (AWB, Tom Petty). His versatility is also featured as an A –List bass player for Legends in Concert (Las Vegas), and Jamie's Rock & Roll Legends (Portland, Oregon), which has more than 80 different acts ranging from Elvis to Rod Stewart, and from Hank Williams to Garth Brooks.