The Crooked Vines, formerly the AmBrassadors, released their self-titled debut album with celebratory, funk-fueled jams at Prytania Bar this past Saturday, October 10th. Rhythm section Woody Hill (drums), Stephen Bohnstengel (bass), Nick Carlisi (guitar), Steve Schwartz (keys), and horns Lori LaPatka (alto sax) and James Keane (trombone) vamped on a soul/calypso beat before lead singer Mikayla Braun reeled in the first verse. Her sensitive yet compelling voice belted “Can’t you feel it’s time to make a move,” spinning the crowded venue into celebration. Keeping in the spirit of female vocal led soul repertoire, the band broke into a rendition of Estelle’s “American Boy” with Braun at the lead. Everyone had no choice but to sing along. For the rest of night, their heavy-hitting energy sustained and tastefully dipped into sultry/spacey pleasure when the crowd needed it. Nick Carlisi improvised gypsy-jazz meets Pink Floyd guitar solos while Lori LaPatka transported Cannonball Adderley to the funk-fest. Steve Schwartz could barely sit still in the excitement of his distorted organ that gives The Crooked Vines their gritty appeal. The amped show spokesman James Keane took James Brown’s lead and yelled to the band to lead into the next section as Woody Hill and Stephen Bohnstengel held down the groove, switching into poly-rhythmic fury on a whim. The band’s foundation spurred from Lori LaPatka, who quickly enlisted Steve Schwartz to form a high-quality party cover band. Over time, the current lineup formed and gained popularity at BMC, Verret’s Lounge, and Pryrtania Bar, where they would open for Rebirth Brass Band and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Schwartz’s compositions became party staples and with Braun conducting the energy, The Crooked Vines couldn’t ignore the traction that lead them to create this first album.Check out the full gallery of images, courtesy of Katie Sikora Photography, below: Load remaining images
Recently appointed head coach of Red Stripe League (RSPL) outfit Dunbeholden FC Fabian Taylor said his main focus is to lead the club into the play-offs of this year’s competition. Dunbeholden narrowly missed out on being relegated from the RSPL last season after they finished 10th in the league with 33 points, three above Montego Bay, who were demoted from the competition. Working Hard Taylor, who took control of the club from Michael Cohen at the end of last season, told The Gleaner that he has been working very hard in the preseason to ensure that the players are mentally and physically prepared for the start of the season. “For me, as a coach, I am not willing to fight relegation because I am there to move the football club into a different place and into the minds of different people,” said Taylor. “In doing so, I will have to do a lot of work with the players, and as a football club, the mentality will have to change in order for us to move forward and not fight relegation for another season.”“Everybody will have to be on board with the ideas that I am coming with and willing to participate for the club to move forward,” said Taylor, a former national striker. Taylor, who will be coaching for the second time in the league, having done so with his boyhood team Harbour View, last season, underlined that it will be a huge challenge for him to change the culture of the organisation and to get the players and management staff to start believing that they can win the competition. “We definitely want to be in play-offs this year, and we have some talented players, but the mentally is not right, and I am trying to change that,” said Taylor. “Once I get into the minds of the players and get them to believe in themselves and believe that they are not a relegation football club, then you will certainly see the difference on the field.“My ambition is to win at all cost and I am going to put my best foot forward to make sure that this club is a top club in the league,” Taylor stated.