AUDIO: Family Dinner – ‘Soul Surfer Shakedown’
The band describes its sound like this: "Sly and the Family Stone invites the Red Hot Chili Peppers over for tea and cookies, then Biz Markie gets back from a guru retreat and starts playing the ukulele!" After bursting onto the Chinatown music scene a few years ago, they hope to make strides in 2011 to increase their fanbase and get some actual product into the marketplace. Family Dinner's full-length debut is scheduled to be released in March.
According to founding member Joel Speier, the band was formed after he, Reggie Padilla and Alfredo Rivera met at a weekly family dinner hosted by one of Padilla's friends. That night, the three discovered their common musical interests, and it was decided on the spot that the three would form a band.
In 2008, Family Dinner released their first EP, "Come and Get It," which got them a deal with local label Pass Out Records, who will help them to put out the full-length album.
These days, Speier, Padilla and Rivera are joined during performances by bass player Aaron Friedman, guitarist Gilbert Batangan and backup dancers the Dinner Rolls.
Here's a sample of Family Dinner's music, courtesy the band:
AUDIO: Family Dinner - "Soul Surfer Shakedown"
Family Dinner album fundraiser
» Where: NextDoor, 43 N. Hotel St.
» When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5
» Cost: $7
» Info: www.familydinnerband.com