You only get to celebrate your 21st birthday twelve or thirteen times before it gets old. We recently rang in one of Al’s at Spacebar in Orlando, and our good bud Mike Dunn was there to document. Some choice pics are below, but make sure to head on over to Facebook to pop them peepers on the full gallery.
Central Florida’s The Sh-Booms have taken a love for Motown, rock ‘n’ roll, and throwing a party to create a unique, garage-soul sound of their own.
The seven-piece soul enterprise – comprised of Al “The Thump” Ruiz, The Supreme Queen Mizz Bren, Kevin “The Skin Blaster, Connolly, Davis “Twinkle Toes” Schleicher, Aaron “Wild Card” Borowicz, Mike “The Slush Pump” Ortiz, and Nick “The Licks” Walsh – are a horn-fueled, soul-soaked presence on the stage, which they’ve shared with national acts such as Lee Fields and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Their fresh brand of garage soul has been recognized locally as well, as Orlando Weekly’s “Best Soul Act” for the past three years running.
Growing up immersed in a world of soul and doo-wop, raised by parents who have been known to get down a time or two on the dance floor of American Bandstand, Ruiz formed The Sh-Booms in 2011, looking to inject new energy into his music. The group quickly became known for their live shows – sweaty, high-energy sets accompanied by a fair share of dancing and whiskey – and their first EP, 1.2.3!, was released in 2013. The sound and lineup of The Sh-Booms have evolved since, most recently with the addition of front-woman Mizz Bren. The Supreme Queen, who was previously signed to Justin Timberlake’s Tenman Records and contributed backing vocals on his album, The 20/20 Experience, joined The Sh-Booms in early 2015.
The Sh-Booms will release a five-song EP, later this year, which they’ve been recording with GRAMMY-nominated producer Alan Armitage (Boyz II Men). For booking, publicity, or press inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.