The new funk band The Hot Sauce will perform at 8 tonight at the Darkhorse Tavern as the second part of its debut.
The Hot Sauce’s intent was to put together a funk band that plays high-quality music and provides a fun experience, Ryan Alford aka “Dr. Biz,” the band’s guitarist said.
“We want to make people dance, that’s number one,” drummer Jim DeVoss — also known as “The Col. Dance-maker” — said.
Alford said he describes the band’s style of music as “greasy, dirty funk” and cited 70s funk musicians, like James Brown and George Clinton as major influences. He said the band likes to incorporate the audience during the show, similar to the way Brown did.
Business owner of Stax of Trax Josh Ferko said he thinks this type of “symbiotic” relationship between the audience and the band allows them to really get into the music and play harder.
“We’re trying to put on a performance and a show instead of just playing songs,” DeVoss said.
Alford said inclusion of the audience is key to creating the fun, party atmosphere that makes them unique.
Another way the band conveys this demeanor is by portraying alternate personas on stage, Alford said. He said these personas add a quirky feel to the overall experience that the band is attempting to produce.
“It’s silly, but there is a point to it,” Devoss said.
Alford said a lot improvisation is also involved in its shows.
“We really want to put on a show, and I think that sets us apart,” Alford said.
Ferko said he thinks it’s important to have different types of music in town for people to enjoy.
“We’re looking forward to building a following and providing a new outlet for people,” Alford said.