The Soper Reese Theatre’s Third Friday Live series features Will Siegel and Friends on Friday, March 17, with show starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for all seats.
Made up of several fine musicians from the Lake and Mendocino County areas, this group has an eclectic dance beat, and features the rounded, deep vocal style and openness of heart of lead singer, Marilyn DeFrange. Will Siegel heads the group, drawing from traditional Americana stylings including folk, country, blues, jazz, rock n’ roll and Latin influences.
Major sponsor is the Strong Financial Network. Also sponsored by KXBX 98.3 and KNTI 99.5. Dance floor will be open. Tickets are available online at SoperReeseTheatre.com; or at The Travel Center, 1265 S. Main, Lakeport, Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information call 707-263-0577 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Artists
Will Siegel (guitar, vocals) has mastered the art of bringing musicians and their audience together. Eclectic in style, his experience has grown from nearly four decades of playing for northern California audiences. He began his career playing in the early ‘70’s with folksinger Kate Wolf. During the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, Will became part of the band, Willy and the Nighthawks, which became a favorite in the local bar and pub scene.
Will enjoys his role as teacher and mentor as well. His Friday guitar class at Mendocino College is in its 10th year.
Steve Baird (horns, bass) has been a tried and true member of nearly every ensemble Will Siegel has played in over the last three decades. Steve plays acoustic and electric bass, and takes center stage when he joins the horn section on baritone, flugelhorn or trombone.
Les Boek (guitar, vocals) has a country blues style with distinctive tone and his vocal stylings are reminiscent of Elvis mixed with Hank Williams.
Ellie Siegel is the group’s multi-instrumentalist, playing drums, percussion, saxophone, clarinet and mandolin.
Keyboard master Tom Aiken’s musical background is in classical music, but he loves playing blues, jazz and rock. He can stretch out on the Hammond organ when the rhythm section is in the groove, and his left hand works overtime whenever Steve picks up his horn.
Marilyn DeFrange (vocals) began writing songs at the age of 10 and played the ukulele and piano. Today the guitar is her tool for developing a writing style best described as a semi-acoustic eclectic mix with a rhythm and blues influence. She has performed with Will Siegel, Paul Kemp, Bonnie Raitt, Alex DeGrassi and Paul McCandless. Marilyn‘s voice provides an intimacy with the audience and runs the gambit from a delicate whisper to a full blown bluesy wail.
Left to right: Les Boek, guitar; Tom Aiken, keyboards; Will Siegel, guitar; Kevin Aiello drums; Steve Baird, horns, bass; Ellie Siegel, sax, mandolin.
Lower left corner: Marilyn DeFrange