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"Free Fridays" The Shakedown (Blues / Rock)

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The Shakedown is a five-piece, Gainesville-based band specializing in contemporary blues with a rock and classic soul edge. The band is comprised of stage veterans well-seasoned in a variety of musical genres, but who have a special affinity for the unique expression of heart and grit that blues music offers. The band has some of its greatest influences from blues greats such as Albert King and Koko Taylor to the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton and Danielle Nicole.

 The Shakedown’s featured vocalist, Michelle “Velvet” Banfield, is “a vocal powerhouse who can rip the paint off the walls with her blistering full bodied voice and then stir you to your core with her soulful, emotional performances.” During her singing career, Banfield has enjoyed success and recognition as lead singer in a funk band, a jazz ensemble, and a classic rock group, but fondly describes singing the blues as “coming home.”

The band has some of its greatest influences from blues greats like Albert King and Koko Taylor to the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton and Danielle Nicole. The Shakedown’s featured vocalist, Michelle “Velvet” Banfield, is a vocal powerhouse who can rip the paint off the walls with her blistering full bodied voice and then stir you to your core with her soulful, emotional performances. Over the years of her singing career, Michelle has enjoyed success and recognition as lead singer in a funk band, a jazz ensemble, and a classic rock group but fondly describes singing the blues as “coming home”. This band enjoys sharing their genuine love of the music with its listening audience and especially loves to make people dance. Get ready to be moved. Be prepared to get shook!is comprised of stage veterans well-seasoned in a variety of musical genres but who have a special affinity for the unique expression of heart and grit that blues music offers. The band has some of its greatest influences from blues greats like Albert King and Koko Taylor to the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton and Danielle Nicole. The Shakedown’s featured vocalist, Michelle “Velvet” Banfield, is a vocal powerhouse who can rip the paint off the walls with her blistering full bodied voice and then stir you to your core with her soulful, emotional performances. Over the years of her singing career, Michelle has enjoyed success and recognition as lead singer in a funk band, a jazz ensemble, and a classic rock group but fondly describes singing the blues as “coming home”. This band enjoys sharing their genuine love of the music with its listening audience and especially loves to make people dance. Get ready to be moved. Be prepared to get shook!

The Shakedown also features veteran Gainesville musicians Keith Whitesel (percussion), Frank Bougher (lead guitar), Carlo Schuster (bass guitar) and Randy Hensley (keys/rhythm guitar).