The seven-piece Motown band Heart n' Soul likes to bring a little something different to the Southwest Florida community, something with a little blues, funk, rhythm and, well, heart and soul! Playing the local music circuit since June of last year, the groovy group blends an array of musical styles to create the compilation you can enjoy on the stage locally.
"The thing that's so fun with this group is we're all from another region: I'm from Minneapolis, Brian's from Michigan, our keyboardist is from Indianapolis, one guitarist from New York, the other guitarist from Cincinnati, so it's kind of a great conglomeration," said Greg Randolph, bass player and singer of the group. "We have a great time performing. It's a real party; we'll have people on the dance floor singing and dancing to our music. We're all professional singers and musicians and it's just a fun time."
The Motown group performs a great array of oldies-and-goodies, ranging from classic R&B and Motown to pure funk, soul and blues hits.
The local seven-piece Motown group Heart n’ Soul has been performing throughout the Southwest Florida area for close to a year, bringing a great collection of funk, soul, rhythm and blues hits to venues, that then bring show-goers to the dance floor to get up and get down. Photo courtesy GREG RANDOLPH.
"We're a niche band: We try to focus on Motown and classic R&B, but we broaden the territory a little bit, playing some danceable classics primarily a soul band," Greg said. "Many try to get by with smaller acts, but we're a professional, well-dressed seven-member band, and one thing we do that really sets us apart is we really like each other. We like to sing ?and sing together, harmonizing. It's rare to find bands who can sing together."
You'll catch all types of fun Motown hits from Heart n' Soul during their performances, from The Temptations and Diane Ross and the Supremes to classic Aretha Franklin and KC and the Sunshine Band.
"Lots of our songs are formed together as medleys," said Brian Davis, singer and percussionist of the group. "We'll even play some old rockabilly stuff that gets people on the dance floor, like the Stray Cats, maybe a Queen song or two, a little Stevie Wonder, rhythm and blues, Motown, funk and soul."
You can tell the group is having just as much fun performing as the patrons are dancing to the music.
With three of the band members residing in Fort Myers and four in Cape Coral, building and recruiting for this group was a well-planned task, to ensure a professional sound, look and attitude.
"We were very careful to put together a band with a good attitude," Greg explained. "We've all spent some time on festival stages, performing for a long time. We have so much fun together, and that really shows."
"There is a lot of talent within our group with a lot of ambition," Brian continued. "Our goal when putting together this Motown group was to be a country club, higher-end venue band: weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthdays"
With that, the group is open to perform at any private function, gathering or party, and you can regularly catch them at two Rusty's Raw Bar and Grill locations during the week: Friday night at the location near Island Park Road, 16520 Tamiami Trail, from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday night at the location in Estero, 20041 Tamiami Trail, also from 6 to 9 p.m.
"Coming out of season, we're at the transition point now, where we're not sure what's going to happen during the off-season months. We're so thankful for Rusty's and their staff they've kind of adopted us as their house band, and we've been having so much fun there."
For more information on Heart n' Soul, for music samples or more pictures and gig dates, find the group on Facebook by searching "Heart N Soul," or visit BandMix.com/heart-n-soul.