Last week, City Paper received an interesting comment (in all caps) from local singer Sasha (posted on a music feature from Sept. 20, 2006) of St. Julian & Company, a funk/soul/Top 40 variety band who regularly gig around Charleston. This was the first we’ve ever heard from them. Here are some excerpts from Sasha’s post:

“A lot is going on the music scene in the Chuck. I think your staff is out of touch with all that Charleston has to offer … I’m in a band in Charleston and we’re very popular and I’ve never seen you at any of our gigs! A tourist that was looking for a great soul or neo-soul band with an excellent lead singer — where would you send that tourist? Do you have a clue? The crowds here love live music and they don’t hold back … sometimes, people wanna keep it sexy and grown — and that’s where we come in … We play music that’s laced with deep soul — everything from Etta James to Jill Scott! When we perform, I look out and see all races breaking it down — and I love ’em for enjoying the music, regardless of where we are playing, whether it’s in the hood or in the Charleston Place ballroom.”

[image-1]The band’s current lineup features Sasha and William Durant on lead vocals, drummer Julian Doyle, keyboardist Larry Ford, guitarist Bobby Simmons, bassist Tony Corbin, and percussionist Zion. According to their website, the next gigs have them jamming at Trayce’s Too Neighborhood Bar & Grill (2578 Ashley River Rd., 556-2378) on Fri. Aug. 10 and at Pilot’s Lounge & Bistro (4343-A Ladson Rd., 851-1315) on Sat. Aug. 11. Hopefully, they’ll send us a press kit sometime — we’d love to dig into some sexy local soul music.

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