The Lauren Mitchell Band bringing blues, soul to Port Royal

Posted by ERIN SHAW on May 30, 2014 

Lauren Mitchell Band Live at the Palladium in St. Pete

ROD MILLINGTON — Rod Millington

The bluesy, soulful Lauren Mitchell Band will play the second concert in the Port Royal Street Music Series Saturday. 

Hailing from Sarasota, Fla., sassy frontwoman Lauren Mitchell is known for her commanding stage presence and a forceful set of pipes.

Mitchell's voice has a rich, raspy edge that enables her to glide between high-energy anthems and slow Gospel melodies. There's a girl power element to her style, stemming from musical influences like Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Etta James. There's also a sultry, swampy vibe similar to fellow Floridian crooner JJ Grey & Mofro.

In addition to Mitchell, the band comprises Michael Hensley on the electric organ, Charles Septoe on the drums, Bob Fieberts on guitar and Mike Snyder on bass. 

The group plays a combination of covers and originals from its first album, "Please Come Home," released last year. 

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. on a stage that will be set up between 9th and 10th streets.

Other shows in the Port Royal Street Music series will be:

June 14: Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues, macarnold.com

June 28: Bart Walker Band, bartwalkerband.com

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