Folks with James River High School may remember Debrissa McKinney, who graduated a few years back. Well, now she’s joined an Asheville, N.C.-based world-beat band and is touring the country playing saxophone (and sometimes singing) with Laura Reed and Deep Pocket.
Even better, the band will be playing up in Floyd County on June 27 at the Sun Music Hall, so any of her friends and fans can say hello there. Showtime is 8 p.m.; other details on the venue’s website.
That’s the band in the picture. Debrissa is on the back right.
The band’s official website has this to say about its newest member:
The Masta Harmoniza brings light, love and a friendly disposition to the Deep Pocket. Hailing from the mountains of Virginia, this creature is quite the versatile musician. She plays the Tenor Sax, and friends can testify that her wackily, extraordinary, “offie-the-wallie” personality will touch the world.
For more on the band, a press release from the promoter is below:
Laura Reed and Deep Pocket to Perform at the Sun Music Hall
Laura Reed and Deep Pocket are set to perform at the Sun Music Hall on Friday, June 27th at 8 pm. Local group the Emily Brass Band will be opening the show. Laura Reed & Deep Pocket fill the stage with captivating, soul shaking, conscious music. The crowd is emerged with lyrics of truth and a voice of intensity backed by bass, organ, and drums, horns, and harmonies reminiscent of the past days of Motown and Funk.
The roots of their sound and message stem from Laura’s diverse experience of growing up in South Africa and the American South. Formed in the summer of 2006, the band switches up the music between funk, progressive R&B, and pure SOUL behind Laura Reed’s captivating stage presence.
Laura Reed’s tasteful rhythm section, Deep Pocket, consists of Ryan Burns on piano, synth, and Mama Lou (his 1936 model-A Hammond organ). Ben Didelot brings it all together on the low end with his solid bass lines and occasional dance steps. Jim Bonk holds down the rhythm on the drum set with an amazing ability to keep the dynamic just right for not only the song but also the energy of the crowd. Debrissa McKinney has been a recent addition to the group, being referred to as the “masta harmoniza”. She elevates the music to the next level of sublime with her positive energy and smooth vocals.
Laura Reed and Deep Pocket have recently released their debut album Soul:Music. The album was recorded at Asheville’s own Echo Mountain Studios, and engineered by Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses). You will be hearing more about this petite siren and her hype band as they tour world-wide and spread their message of empathy and love for humanity in the unconditional form of music and the raw reflection of the human condition. Laura states music as the most honest and pure expression in her life, a language that allows her to release “what I could never even admit to myself or say out lout, but can sing.” When she sings you can feel her soul coming through the speakers, whether it’s smooth R&B, funky reggae, or just down right SOUL MUSIC.
Tickets for Laura Reed & Deep Pocket are $10 in Advance and $12 Day of Show, and are available through the Sun Music Hall box office at (540) 745-7880, Harvest Moon in Floyd, Rocket Music in Blacksburg, Fret Mill Music in Roanoke, or online at www.dlpconcerts.com.
The Sun Music Hall, located in lovely downtown Floyd, Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, is dedicated to offering diverse and superb performance art. The venue’s goal is to present music, dances, comedy, theater and children’s programming as well as classes and workshops. The Sun Music Hall recognizes the importance of the arts in our society and is devoted to the preservation and continuation of live performance art.
302 South Locust Street ● Floyd, VA 24091 ● www.thesunmusichall.net