Seamlessly blending funk, soul and rock 'n' roll, The Main Squeeze promises to keep your body moving with their infectious, feel-good musical gumbo. The Chicago-based band has been winning fans over with their unique musical blend since their formation a few years ago.
Ben "Smiley" Silverstein (keys) and Max Newman (guitar), the two founding members of The Main Squeeze, first began writing music together after meeting at a sleepaway camp in upstate New York. The two then went on to study in Bloomington, Indiana, where they formed The Main Squeeze during the summer of 2010. Now based in Chicago, The Main Squeeze is completed by frontman Corey Frye, drummer Reuben Gingrich and bassist Jeremiah Hunt.
In the five years since the band's inception, The Main Squeeze has attracted a remarkably loyal and ever growing national fan base. The rabid following is no surprise as the band boasts a unique sound that is equal parts soul, funk and rock 'n' roll - think Stevie Wonder meets Red Hot Chili Peppers. Further, their high-energy live shows that showcase each member's virtuosic talent -- with soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves and powerful solos -- always leave their audiences awestruck.
The Main Squeeze has released two albums – an EP entitled First Drops and a self-titled sophomore effort that met with great acclaim. In addition, the band placed first at the International Jazz and Blues Competition in Macau, China, put their stamp on the Rolling Stone Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Party and graced the stages at some of the country's biggest music festivals, including Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Electric Forest, North Coast, Phases of the Moon, Summer Camp and Gathering of The Vibes, among many others.
Having shared the stage with artists like The Roots, Jane's Addiction, The Meters, Aloe Blacc and Trombone Shorty, the band continues to catch the ear of industry giants, like legendary producer, Randy Jackson, who was the producer on The Main Squeeze's upcoming sophomore full length album, Mind Your Head, due out in September 2015.
Vocals/ Corey Frye Guitar / Max Newman Keyboards / Ben "Smiley" Silverstein Bass / Jeremiah Hunt Drums / Reuben Gingrich
Like the band name, Soap's music is undoubtedly fresh. With influences ranging from jazz, blues and funk to progressive, psychedelic and electronic, Soap skillfully fuses all of these genres into one – dance infused rock. Imagine going to a double matinee showing of Led Zeppelin & P-Funk at Dream Theatre and then heading to an Amsterdam discotheque to dance until the sun came up. That's about as close as can be described without seeing Soap for yourself.
Originally from just south of Chicago, Illinois, Soap uprooted and moved to Minneapolis in 2007 and has become a staple in the thriving Twin Cities music scene. January of 2012 will mark one year of Soap's weekly residency at The Cabooze, a long-standing tradition at the legendary Minneapolis venue. Following the likes of The Big Wu and God Johnson, Soap has not only continued that tradition, but has expanded on it with a new allegiance of fans. These strong Midwest ties have also helped the band tour successfully throughout the region and beyond, notching over 130 shows in 2011 and looking to expand that number in 2012.
Soap has become a favorite on the Midwest festival circuit, performing at 10,000 Lakes Festival (2), Big Wu Family Reunion (2), Bella Music Festivals (4), Prairie Grass Music Festival (2), Whippersnap Music Festival (2), Shoe Fest, Project Earth and this year's first annual Shangri-La (formerly Wookiefoot's Harvestfest), as well as sharing the stage with notable acts and performers, such as Tea Leaf Green, Zach Deputy, Hot Buttered Rum, Kinetix, Heatbox, Roster McCabe, Steve Molitz, Bernie Worrell and more.
Soap, it's not just for cleaning anymore. Come to rock. Come to dance.
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