Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Local Motion Party Band has had people dancing to their blend of mostly beach music for the past three years. They will be headlining the second annual Goose Creek Beach and BBQ Festival Saturday from 4 – 7 p.m.
Guitarist and bandleader Mike Wilson said the Charleston band is looking to gain exposure and mostly plays at private parties throughout the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia.
“We’re working on an album,” Wilson said. “It’s modern beach music originals. We’re talking to a couple of labels. There’s a new label being formed in Arizona. He’s talking to us and a band from New Orleans.
“We’ve got four songs in the can for this CD. Hopefully by the end of the year we’ll have it.”
Wilson said the band has a heavy Motown influence and also plays some newer material: “We do a lot of stuff with the Summerville Shaggers Club. They’re the only ones in the area that use live bands for their events. We’re not strictly beach music, we extend out a bit, but that is our basis.
“There’s many definitions of what beach music is nowadays, we just say dance music.”
He said the band plays some originals and each member is an accomplished musician. Genine Petit is the lead vocalist.
“She’s done a lot of background work in Nashville,” Wilson said. “She had an album with Edwin McCain on it … South Carolina people always help each other out.”
She sings a rendition of “At Last” by Etta James, Wilson noted.
Daniel Walker is the keyboard player and vocalist.
“He’s the pup in this group, he’s the youngest,” Wilson said. “His mother used to write music. He was weaned on old rock ‘n’ roll and soul. He writes really melodically. He studied at College of Charleston.”
Greg Myers, originally from Ohio, holds down the bass guitar. Wilson said he has a good ear, is a natural musician and played in the U.S. Navy traveling band.
Laurin McGee is the saxophone player with a symphony background. She’s originally from Charleston but went to school in Washington, D.C.
“She’s a heck of a sax player,” Wilson said. “She’s been with me the longest.”
Dan Stacy, of Charleston, is the drummer. Stacy played in New Orleans a long time and studied the city’s various beats.
“He’s extremely well versed in those styles,” Wilson said. “He can play a pocket shuffle like nobody’s business. He lost all his instruments in Hurricane Katrina.”
Wilson said John Dixon of Kirkman Broadcasting was instrumental in getting the band going. He said Dixon is a walking encyclopedia of music.
“We just love to play this stuff and be able to be alive and do it,” he said.