- Felicia Loud – Speaker of the House
- Mickey Postal – Select Committee on Ethics
- Jason Graczyk – Ways & Means
- Kevin “Bucket” Burkett – Select Committee on Intelligence
- Ed Vance – Foreign Relations
- Moose Barber – Chairman, Committee on Game and Wildlife
- Tracy Ferrara – Majority Whip
- FunkDoc Reading – Chairman, Rhythm Caucus
Soul Senate is Seattle’s entry into the worldwide soul revival movement. This tight octet brings a full-on party to the Pacific Northwest with its own brand of funky soul–a powerhouse of high-energy, adrenaline-inducing, audience-oriented, original dance music.
The group bridges the decidedly funky sounds of the 60s & early 70s–such as the Meters, Stevie Wonder, and the Stax label of Memphis–with a distinct modern sound in the vein of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Cee-lo, Raphael Saadiq, Mayer Hawthorne, Alice Russell, Eli Paperboy Reed, and the New Mastersounds. Soul Senate claims their own musical territory with hip shaking grooves, well-crafted arrangements, sizzling horns, memorable instrumentals and vocal songs, and a tip of the hat to many musical styles.
Band members have come from successful groups such as Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme, Altered States of Funk, Felicia Loud & Her Soul, Swamp Mama Johnson, the Black Swedes, Superkali, and Cascadia ‘10; as well as Bo Diddley and Etta James.
Each member of the band has over 10-30 years experience on the local or national scene: in sum, playing countless venues & festivals–from Bumbershoot to the 100,000 person West Fest–with experience opening for touring acts like Orgone, Maceo Parker, Little Feat, Delta Nove, Will Bernard, Roy Ayers, Shameka Copeland, Los Lobos, and the Monophonics.
Currently, Soul Senate been playing regularly to packed dance floors at venues around Seattle such as Nectar, the Sunset, High Dive, lo_fi, ToST, the Skylark, and the Hard Rock Cafe.
Our goal is to lift people up by playing tight in the groove, making a night with Soul Senate a party that is not to be missed, and one that will not easily be forgotten.
Be sure to check out our soulfully gritty & funky all-instrumentals alter ego Shady Bottom for more music and shows.