The Family Soul “Hypnotized” A Full House During Debut Album Release Show

(The Family Soul band members, from left, Crissi Cochrane (flute), Taylor Unis (drums), Kelly Hoppe (sax), Keith Wilkinson (bass) and Austin Di Pietro (trumpet), performing during the band’s debut album release show at The Thirsty Butler in Windsor, Ontario, on September 13, 2019. Photo above by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.)

Friday night, September 13 was a lucky night for one Windsor band. The Family Soul played to a packed house at The Thirsty Butler, 1585 Wyandotte St E and performed their new album “On The Shoulders Of… Vol. I” in its entirety.

The Family Soul

The Family Soul performing during the band’s debut album release show at The Thirsty Butler in Windsor, Ontario, on September 13, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The band is a horn-fueled 9 piece soul band comprised of some of the city’s top musicians and vocalists. Lead by founder Soul Brother Mike, the band also features former Big Sugar member Kelly Hoppe on tenor sax and harmonica and Halifax born songstress Crissi Cochrane on backing vocals and flute.

Soul Brother Mike of The Family Soul Band

Soul Brother Mike singing and playing guitar performing during The Family Soul’s debut album release show at The Thirsty Butler in Windsor, Ontario, on September 13, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Crissi Cochrane The Family Soul

Crissi Cochrane playing the flute while performing with The Family Soul during the band’s debut album release show at The Thirsty Butler in Windsor, Ontario, on September 13, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

This is the band’s debut album and it features a blend of classic and modern soul gems from such artists as Lewis Taylor, Sly Stone, Isaac Hayes and others.

The Family Soul can be seen on stages around Windsor and Essex County including two upcoming dates at Caesar Windsor’s Cosmo’s Lounge October 26 and November 16. For more information and to purchase a copy of the new album visit https://www.soulbrothermike.com/thefamsoul

The album is also available on Spotify, iTunes, and can be purchased at Dr. Disc Records 471 Ouellette Ave.

Keith Wilkinson

Bassist Keith Wilkinson performing with The Family Soul during the band’s debut album release show at The Thirsty Butler in Windsor, Ontario, on September 13, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Guitarist Ty Sharron

Lead guitarist Ty Sharron performing during The Family Soul’s debut album release show at The Thirsty Butler in Windsor, Ontario, on September 13, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Madeline Doornaert and Aubrey Therrien

Backup singers Madeline Doornaert (left) and Aubrey Therrien performing with The Family Soul during the band’s debut album release show at The Thirsty Butler in Windsor, Ontario, on September 13, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Opening the show was LaSalle’s singer/songwriter Dane Roberts performing an acoustic set or covers and originals, accompanied by The Family Soul’s Madeline Doornaert on backing vocals. Dane’s debut album Mirrors is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.

For more about Dane Roberts visit https://www.facebook.com/danerobertsmusic/

Dane Roberts

Singer/songwriter Dane Roberts playing the guitar while performing at The Thirsty Butler in Windsor, Ontario, on September 13, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Madeline Doornaert and Dane Roberts

Madeline Doornaert and Dane Roberts performing at The Thirsty Butler in Windsor, Ontario, on September 13, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Madeline Doornaert and Dane Roberts

Madeline Doornaert and Dane Roberts performing at The Thirsty Butler in Windsor, Ontario, on September 13, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Article by Dan Boshart

Dan Boshart is a talented photographer from Windsor, Ontario, who is looking forward to spending more time on concert photography when he retires from his full time job in the automotive industry. In addition to shooting bands, he has an interest in travel, architectural and street photography. Some of Dan’s photos can be viewed on Instagram and he can be followed on Twitter or his 27th Floor Photography Facebook Page.