Why hire Takes All Kinds?
TAK is good old sing-along, get-up-and-dance rock. Soaring guitar solos. Shimmering organ and ragtime piano. A tight, funky rhythm section. Lady singers who blend like honey. Our originals recall the sexy funk and soulful blues of Sly Stone and Derek and the Dominoes, modernized in the mode of the Black Crowes and Fitz and the Tantrums. Covers include Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Aretha and, again, Master Sly himself.
Takes All Kinds is available for clubs, weddings, parties, fundraisers, and outdoor events.
TAK came together through the magic of Craigslist. Despite old Craig’s reputation, no one died, and no one has (sadly?) gotten too kinky. The name Takes All Kinds came about from our contrast in musical tastes, our of life philosophies from Mormon to hippie, and the fact that our singer is named Diva. Yes. Diva. Destiny? We think so.
TAK has become a fixture of the Bellingham scene, playing at the much-mourned Fairhaven Pub, the Wild Buffalo, and the beertastic Boundary Bay brewery. We seek to expand our range and funk Seattle, Vancouver and beyond.
Our drummer can lean back for funk or pound out the rock with equal aplomb. Our bassist rolls out deep, greasy and spacey notes. Our
keyboardist, who settles for nothing less than a vintage-sounding Nord Electro, can sure shimmer an organ, tap a clav, and rag the piano. Our guitarists blend a perfect laid-back funk groove with some soulful solos. And our not-so-secret weapons, Diva Menke-Thielman and Rebecca Waggoner, channel Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi for smoothness and grit, depending on the occasion. Originals are written by all members.
Diva Menke-Thielman: Lead Vocals
Becca Waggonner: Backup Vocals
Jonathan Berry: Guitar
Spencer Ellsworth: Keys
Chris Flack: Bass
David Weiss: Lead Guitar
Alex Sheldon: Drums
Rufus and Chaka Khan
Fitz and the Tantrums
Sly and the Family Stone
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 180 minutes
Takes All KInds works hard to get everyone up and dancing!
Proud Mary-CCR/Tina Turner
Tumblin Dice-Rolling Stones/Linda Ronstadt
With A Little Help-Joe Cocker Version
Let’s Get It On-Marvin Gaye
Never Loved A Man-Aretha Franklin
Feelin Allright-Joe Cocker
If You Want Me To Stay-Sly and the Family Stone
House of the Rising Sun
Signed Sealed Delivered-Stevie Wonder
Piece of My Heart-Janis Joplin
Living For The City-Stevie Wonder
Tiny Dancer-Elton John
You Got the Love-Chaka Khan and Rufus
Tell Me Something Good-Chaka Khan and Rufus
We also have a number of original songs in the same style.
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Baby Shower, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Bridal Shower, Casino, Christmas Party, Club/Nightclub, Competition, Concert Venue, Convention, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Graduation, Hotel, Launch Party, Parade, Prom, Reunion, Seminar, Studio Session, Sweet 16 Party
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