(Photo above by Tom Dellinger)
Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra and Royal Jelly Jive are heading out on the Deep Pacific Tour this December performing at the Volcanic on December 9. They will be hitting the road and playing at venues throughout Oregon, ending with a show in Washington State. These two California native bands will bring their unique and soulful sounds to audiences and share their passion through powerful live performances.
Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra’s music has a new, soulful folk sound that feels familiar. With bits of blues, folk and soul that aren’t quite just those things. Marty’s voice is beautiful and distinctive, and his lyrics stark, yet lush over gritty electrified guitar. Add in Chris Lynch’s violin, Matt Goff’s percussion and Ben Berry’s rich bass and your ears get a beautifully melded sound inviting you into the obvious chemistry of these friends.
The band formed in Santa Cruz California in 2012 and has been touring relentlessly ever since, from San Francisco to New Orleans to London to Seattle. With the live performance at the core of this musical project it is an act that often brings a sensation to its audience that is both entrancing and hard to describe. The one true solution is that you must see it for yourselves.
Royal Jelly Jive is one of the few bands with the ability to evoke an old-school throwback vibe while still being able to embody an entirely fresh and new sound. They combine elements of soul, rock, swing and hip-hop, bringing a sound that makes it impossible not to groove and dance along for its audience. Fronted by the enigmatic singer Lauren Bjelde, who brings a one-of-a-kind sultry voice to her magnetic stage presence, Royal Jelly Jive leans on the sounds of swingin’ horns, gritty keys and a bumpin’ rhythm section to carry a crowd into bliss, creating an unforgettable live experience that will leave you wanting more.
Since forming in San Francisco’s own Boom Boom Room in the summer of 2013, Royal Jelly Jive has quickly become one of the Bay Area’s most anticipated acts. They are a band driven by playing hi-energy shows and festivals across the West Coast (BottleRock, Outside Lands) to captivate audiences with their infectious music. Royal Jelly Jive has shared stages with notable acts such as Michael Franti& Spearhead, Rebirth Brass Band, Con Brio, and The California Honeydrops. They’ve sold-out San Francisco venues The Chapel, Great American Music Hall, The Independent and Slim’s. The sum of six standout musicians truly makes Royal Jelly Jive one of San Francisco’s breakout bands.