Sophisticated and potent rhythm & blues, jazz, and soul-stirring rock - with a side of boom-chicka-boom.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
Anchored by frontwoman, vocalist, and songwriter Shelly Phelps, Oklahoma’s “Scarlet Street Players” dance across the genre lines of rhythm & blues, jazz & rock. Rob Vollmar (guitar), Dave Cochran (bass) and Zev Stein (drums) provide an eternal groove, whether high energy blues or cabaret-influenced jazz. Phelps' voice is a force of nature. Powerful and commanding attention, she moves from croon to wail at will, rolling notes over constantly changing emotional terrain.
It comes as no surprise after seeing Shelly Phelps on stage, moving to the music with a subtle aura of confidence, power, and theatricality somewhere in the cross-hairs between dance and performance art, that Phelps is an experienced actress. It is not uncommon to spot Phelps credited in a local theater production, where she has notably played legendary singing icon Patsy Cline in “Always... Patsy Cline”. Beyond the presence of her theater skills in her music performance, Shelly's understanding of narrative, character, perspective and motive transitions easily from theater work to songwriting.
Phelps brings her love of theatrical story-telling and a full cast of characters to “Beautiful and Burdened”. “We travel through some mysterious and haunting territory”, says Phelps, “Exotic worlds of film noir, femme fatales, and magic while addressing real-world themes of enlightenment, secrets, redemption, darkness, and truth.” The new album “Beautiful & Burdened” navigates a dark and magical landscape that lies somewhere between the tone & geography of a black and white noir thriller and a fantasy novel. Verses become scenes, songs become character arcs, & this album, it’s own alternate reality filled with cinematic visions of characters at the crossroads. A Voodoo Priestess in New Orleans, an old house offering residence to dark people and darker secrets, magical spells of pure and toxic intent, and femme fatales ... these are the the people and places that populate the world in “Beautiful and Burdened”.
Past Booked Events
|April 23, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Jazz in June - Norman, OK|
|March 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Blue Door|
|January 23, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Noir Bistro and Bar|
|December 31, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Boom Dinner Theater|
|December 05, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Jazzmo'z|
|November 14, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||District House|
|September 12, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Bourbon Street|
Influences & Inspiration
Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Julie London, Sarah Vaughn,
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