The Soul Shakers have entertained Victoria area audiences for more than a decade with their own brand of funky R&B dance music. They combine superb musicianship with five strong vocalists led by lead vocalist Joyce “the voice” Allensen. Their superb harmonies and intriguing take on popular songs set them apart and make for an entertaining evening of music.
The Soul Shakers have two CDs in their repertoire. “Live at the Yale” was recorded off the floor at the venerable Vancouver blues club in 2009 and their 2015 release “Love Is Love” is an album of Soul Shakers original tunes. The band is in the process of writing new tunes in preparation for another new album of original tunes for release later this year.
Recent performances include Victoria International Jazzfest, Vancouver Island Blues Fest, Ribest, Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival, numerous music in the park concerts as well as a regular gig at Barts pub.
Their show in undeniably entertaining and audience engaging led by powerhouse front person Joyce Allensen. The band includes Henning Kanstrup (bass), Sean McCool (guitars), Paul McLellan (drums) and Alexander B. Ferguson (keyboards).
Their repertoire includes tunes from the ‘60s to current popular songs featuring artists like Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Marvin Gaye, Santana, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Adele and George Michaels to name a few.
Not to be missed, this is a polished, professional group of entertainers.