Where does a 68year old retired truck driver spend the holidays? Well if you are Sonny Knight you’ll take up residence at a Jazz Club with great cuisine and bring along your buddies, known as The Lakers. The Minneapolis band returns to the Dakota Jazz Club for their 3rd annual residence on December 16 and 17 for 4 shows. Tickets are available HERE
Sonny Knight & The Lakers released their new album “Sooner or Later” earlier this year and their show at First Avenue in October was a celebration of fun, funk and hometown spirit.
Vitality is defined as the power to live or grow, and perseverance pertains to the qualities of moving forward when an obstacle stands in your way. The music of soul man Sonny Knight brims with these essential life traits because he exudes them. Along with his 7-piece powerhouse band, The Lakers, Sonny has created a sound that extends much deeper than throwback soul.
After the band’s 2014 debut album, I’m Still Here, which came to fruition much sooner than anyone expected, Sonny Knight and The Laker’s released a live double album the following year. Now, the band’s sophomore studio set, Sooner Or Later, explores themes of overcoming adversity, love found, love lost, and societal observation. Where their debut might be likened to steering a bike before turning the pedals, considering how they wrote and recorded it before road testing their songs and individual strengths, their latest effort sees the wheels fully in motion.
With performances across the US and Europe in theaters, performing arts centers, festivals and night clubs, Sonny and the band have tightened their unity and discovered what each member brings to the table that can further the collective’s playing. By doing so, the group was able to gain a greater understanding of what their best material was through performing it on the road night after night. What results on Sooner Or Later is a rarity by today’s recording standards. Of the 10 songs that were taken into Secret Stash’s brand new studio, all made the final cut. Rather than track a bunch of material and pick out the best parts later, Sonny and the band hit the studio knowing exactly what the record would be, perfectly encapsulating a snapshot in time for the artist.