The band Fast Lane will feature funk, soul and R&B at its “Free Fridays” concert, held Friday, June 22 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza.
Funk music is a genre which originated in the 1960s when African-American musicians created a new style of music that combined R&B, soul and jazz. Rather than focusing on melody and harmony, funk features a rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums. Fast Lane loves to get in that groove, and loves to get people dancing. As their slogan says, “Take off your feet belt and dance to the rhythm and groove of Fast Lane!”
Fast Lane features Scott “Skyntyte” Free (lead vocals and lead guitar). Skyntyte’s credentials include tutelage under rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Bo Diddley and Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist, Bernie Worrell. The list of artists he has shared the stage with includes Chic, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Vernon “Dr. Rockenstein” Montoya (keyboards) studied music theory at Boston College, and is an accomplished jazz pianist, playing in various musical combinations since childhood. Deby Starr is Fast Lane’s female vocalist. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Starr has mastered many genres, including rock, blues, soul and jazz. She previously sang with several Gainesville bands, including Redeye, Fabulous Comatones, Crisis, ClassX and NdGO. Greg Mullins Sr. (bass) hails from Brooklyn, New York, and his musical background was steeped in funk. He has studied with bass great Marcus Miller, and has played with Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band) and Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones). Keith Whitesel (drums, vocals) is originally from Texas, and previously performed with his family around the country, including at Disney World. His drumming is well-versed in funk, R&B, rock and jazz. He previously played with local bands GruvTherapy and NdGO.
“Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville and is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council and Culture Builds Florida. The entire “Free Fridays” 2018 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com. The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at email@example.com or 352-393-8746.