Skankadank / Press

"Imagine Janis Joplin meeting the Derek Trucks Band during a jam session with Sly & The Family Stone. In part, that’s the vibe generated by Grand Rapids’ Skankadank, an eight-piece soul, rock and horn band with a real passion for ’70s-era Stevie Wonder, Buddy Miles, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker, Etta James and, of course, “old-school Janis” and Sly. And that’s just the ignition switch for this R&B-drenched vehicle that’s also cruising confidently into original material that boasts a vintage sound – hip-swaying songs such as “Come Back to Me” and “What It Is.”...

“Skankadank closed out the evening on the Clock Tower Stage with a soulful smorgasbord of sweat-drenching R&B and blues ranging from Janis Joplin to Aretha Franklin, drawing a capacity crowd and a bevy of dancers who were inspired to gyrate to the late-night set. The eight-piece horn-driven rock band managed to keep Grand Rapids grooving for just one more hour with its soul-funk jams.”