Harmony Unleashed: Monophonics’ Spellbinding Night at The Independent in San Francisco

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Last night’s Monophonics performance at The Independent in San Francisco was an unforgettable journey through the realms of funk and soul. Throughout the evening the venue pulsated with energy as the band masterfully navigated a setlist that seamlessly blended genres, creating a sonic tapestry that resonated with the sold-out crowd that had lined up for blocks for a chance to get in. From the first note, the audience was entranced by the band’s tight musicianship and infectious rhythms tapping their feet and waving their hips well into the dead of night.

A notable highlight of the evening was the powerhouse vocals of backup singer Viveca Hawkins. Her presence on stage was mesmerizing, elevating the performance to new heights. Hawkins complemented lead singer Kelly Finnigan with harmonies that sent shivers down the spine and took center stage with a few solo moments showcasing her exceptional vocal range.

The chemistry among the band members was palpable, each musician contributing to the collective magic. The Independent provided an intimate setting that allowed the audience to connect with the soulful sounds on a personal level. Monophonics‘ ability to create an atmosphere where every note felt like a shared experience was a testament to their musical prowess.

The night unfolded like a symphony of emotions, from the groovy beats that had the crowd dancing to the soulful ballads that stirred hearts. Monophonics left an indelible mark on San Francisco that night, proving once again why they are a force to be reckoned with in the contemporary music scene. If you weren’t there, you missed more than a concert; you missed a soulful journey that resonated long after the last note faded away.

Photos by Louis Raphael

Having released albums under Digital Nations, a label founded by Steve Vai, music critic Louis Raphael has remained deeply connected to the pulse of the San Francisco music scene. Following his tenure as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he embarked on creating Music in SF® to authentically highlight the vibrant offerings of the city's music scene.