Why hire The Tighten Ups?
The Tighten Ups are Southern California's most dangerous "Rock and Soul" party band. A seven piece band led by the incomparable vocals of Laura Jane Willcock, backed by a world class horn section and driven by the tightest rhythm section in town, The Tighten Ups rock up all your favorite R&B, soul and funk songs.
Together for over 5 years, The Tighten Ups have played festivals, corporate events, private parties and 100 club gigs. We can also provide DJ, MC and karaoke services to meet all of your event's musical requirements.
Let The Tighten Ups bring the party to your next event!
A write up by Michael Kinsman describing The Tighten Ups and their upcoming appearance at the San Diego Blues Festival:
"If you like you music nice and rough, The Tighten Ups are right up your alley. For five years, this throwback R&B band has been blazing through San Diego with a full-force assault led by singer/leader Laura Jane Wilcock.
She’s recruited a powerhouse collection of musicians that are ready to break into a rousing version of Screamin’ Jay’s “I Put A Spell On You” or a driving version of “Tell Mama” that would make Etta James blush.
The seven-piece band – propelled by a nasty horn section – is just as likely to tackle a pounding Eddie Floyd song or a Sly Stone rave-up as it is to offer up one of its own compositions or a contemporary such as “How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy.
The San Diego Music Award nominees are so infectious that anyone who doesn’t make it to the dance floor can be seen toe-tapping and rocking with the beat.
It’s blues, it’s funk, it’s rock, it’s R&B and it all comes together under the banner of The Tighten Ups. It’s music that puts the squeeze on you."
Here is a link to a video demo of The Tighten Ups performing at San Diego's City Fest.
Laura Jane Willcock: Lead Vocals
Joey Harris: Guitar, Vocals
Gerry Wasson: Bass, Vocals
Brad Smith: Drums
Robert Conrad: Trumpet
Topher Dub: Saxophone
Meri Claire Lieux: Trombone, Vocals
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 240 minutes
Although our set list consists of R&B, soul and funk, we are at our core a rock band blended with an amazing horn section. The combination makes for a nice foundation for dancing and accessibility for listeners of all ages: the kids love the rock and dance aspect whereas the more mature audience members enjoy hearing some of their old favorites.
09-07-2013 — San Diego Blues Festival, San Diego CA
08-31-2013 — Larry's Beach House, Oceanside CA
08-09-2013 — Carvers Steak & Chop House, Poway CA
06-29-2013 — Bigg's Harley Davidson, San Marcos CA
Past Booked Dates:
06-19-2013 — Sausage Fest, LOUNGEsix @ Hotel Salomar, San Diego, CA
06-14-2013 — The Kraken, Cardiff CA
06-08-2013 — Vista High School Reunion - Woodstock V
06-02-2013 — Rock & Roll Marathon Party, LOUNGEsix @ Hotel Salomar, San Diego, CA
05-25-2013 — Private Event
05-03-2013 — The Kraken, Cardiff CA
04-26-2013 — Club M @ Grand Del Mar, Del Mar CA
03-15-2013 — The Kraken, Cardiff CA
03-01-2013 — Club M @ Grand Del Mar, Del Mar CA
02-08-2013 — The Kraken, Cardiff CA
01-04-2013 — Club M @ Grand Del Mar, Del Mar CA
2008: 23 gigs
2009: 27 gigs
2010: 24 gigs
2011: 36 gigs
2012: 30 gigs
2013: 15 gigs (so far)
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Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Casino, Christmas Party, Club/Nightclub, Competition, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Dinner Dance, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Grand Opening, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Private Party, Retreat, Seminar, Sporting Event, Trade Show, Wedding Reception