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Leisure Chief is a new-wave, musical powerhouse drawing influence from Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Soul, yet defying the confines of any one genre. Inventive compositions paired with the spirit of improvisation and jazz harmony distinguishes them as a noteworthy group of musicians bringing forth a refreshing sense of originality. Though the band is heavily instrumental-oriented, they also feature vibrant vocals, extending their sound to the reach of all types of music lovers.
Based in central Florida, the band has quickly taken hold of the Orlando scene and is quickly spreading beyond the boarders of their hometown. With the release of their EP, "Buster Keaton" (August 2013), they are no stranger to surrounding Florida cities including Gainesville, Tampa, Dunedin, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Delray, and have already taken part in many music festivals, including Jambando, Hometeam, and Orange Blossom Jamboree. Perhaps the band's most noteworthy staple is their weekly residency at Tanqueray's in downtown Orlando, home to the Orlando's best underground music. This hidden gem is where all the magic goes down, melding together all different walks of musicality.
In their early stages as a backing band for cover gigs with Daphne Cooper and other vocalists, as well as just a group of musicians having fun at the local jazz jams, they acquired a wide vocabulary in a variety genres. It was during that time members began sharing original compositions, and they knew right away where the real fun was. Since then, they have grown into a multi-versal collective exhibiting a variety of different forms from raw funk instrumentals and tasteful lyrical compositions, to bar-band crowd pleasers and jazz standards.
The band features Nick Bogdon on guitar/vocals, Derek Engstrom on drums/vocals, Chris McMullen on bass/vocals, Keegan Matthews on keys, and Christian Ryan on alto sax. With each member contributing material to the whole, the sound is constantly evolving and dynamic by nature. Also an active part of the up-and-coming Orlando music scene, Leisure Chief is no stranger to collaborations with local bands such as, Fat Night, Holey Miss Moley, and FunkUs, while reflecting influence from long-time Orlando favorites including The Legendary JC’s, Shak Nasti, The Rules, and The Gerry Williams Band. Look out for future listings and events because the best show is always the next show!