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Cindy Michelle rocks and grooves at
The Garages Satellite Pub recently
By Kane Taylor
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On a recent rainy Monday evening, Cindy Michelle rocked the house at The Garages Satellite Pub in Beaver- ton, Ore. Backed by a stellar group, she rocked and grooved with her own unique vibe in her performances of tunes like I Put a Spell On You, L.O.V.E, I'd Rather Go Blind , and God Bless'd The Child. A special feature was an interesting jazz/funk arrange- ment of Funny Valentine , showcasing her lovely singing voice. This particular evening, Cindy Mi- chelle was joined by guitarist Justin Piteleski, with his elegant and tasty chord-lead arrangements of the tunes. On keyboards was Stacey Wade; on bass was Ben Jones and on drumset was Brian The Worthy Fox Fox- worth. Also featured were special guests on trumpet and saxes.
All of the music this night was seductive- ly danceable. This writer could not resist!
Known for her work with the band the Reddhots, Cindy Michelle loves soul music and soulful things. Her sound creates a groove that is at once individ- ual and familiar, based in 60s soul and R&B with a cleverse use of a jazzy feel in some arrangements. She boasts that her music colleagues for this evening put the show together in one rehearsal. Such skilled and highly experienced musicians can truly put things together in just the right way. She notes that she likes to perform styles ranging from Steely Dan to Creedence Clearwater, depending on the likes, loves and con- tributions of the band.
Michelle has also been a feature with the Silky Meyer jam session at this venue. Music seven nights a week has been an aspect of The Garages and Cindy Michelle is one of its rising stars. Today, both as a musician and as an appointment-only hairdresser, things are definitely on hold for a while. I love music, she states. She tries to pick songs that she loves, songs that have some challenge for whomever she works with, music that they can dig their teeth into. She says that this particular time marks a new season in her life. She is deciding what kind of lanes she wants to be in. She loves to rock out, to dance, and also enjoys being a solo singer. She envisions smaller, more personalized music events as live music itself enters a new season. This might include small dinner parties with live music, even at her own home beside the pool. It could make best use of smaller venues, win- eries, with more focus on the music, drawing people together.
Michelle enjoys performing in a co-or- dinated show but with some flexibility, with room for inspiration and on-the- spot creativity. Its a joy to do and I feel privileged to do it, she says. As a lead- er, she would like to be able to bring friends together to create, but also be organized and make sure everyone has what they need to give their best perfor- mance. She does come from a music family; her father used to perform styles including country and R&B and soul music of the day. She also spent 15 years with a church group in Vancouver, Wash. She claims to be self taught, nevertheless, and likes to get in there, get dirty, keep growing and appreciates working with artists who are at a higher level than hers. She also is proud of her talented daughter, an amazing singer/ songwriter, who performed at The Trou- bador in Los Angeles. in the Bay Area (California). On hiatus in order to be the best Mom to her children, that lady will no doubt come back to the craft at some time in the future.
Even in the face of temporary lock- downs that send musicians and fans home with nothing, Michelle can still be known for her music. She is respectful of the need for people in our modern society to try to protect each other and so has also temporarily shut down her home salon, but the music goes on. Music goes on within and without us. It is not gone, only stepped aside for the moment. Watch ads, websites, and positivelyentertainment.com for updates, including any special end of year holiday events. To contact Cindy Michelle, call 360-977-2369.Previous Page