This year’s Summer Sounds at Skansie brings a free concert to downtown Gig Harbor. On July 8, R&B and funk band Off the Hook will take the stage.
The eight-member band includes a saxophone, two female lead vocalists, two guitars, keyboards, drums and bass.
Brian Smith, the bassist, took some time with The Gateway to answer questions about the band.
Q: Tell me about the kind of music you play.
A: We play all classic, old-school R&B, Funk and Jazz. We do a lot of Earth, Wind and Fire, James Brown — all the kind of classic R&B music that not many people are playing nowadays.
Q: Where are you based?
A: All over. Band members hail from South-end Seattle, one vocalist is from Tacoma, another player is from the Kirkland area. I would say the majority are in the south end of Seattle.
Q: How did all of you come together?
A: I‘m a retired schoolteacher and (the band) actually started at school with another member of the band. His wife had a 50th birthday and she hired a band. They said if anyone desired to play or sit in, they could. I think we got together on three songs, but afterward everybody said, ‘That was great, you guys have got to do this.’
We kind of went through several iterations of the band. It’s current membership has probably been together for two-and-a-half years. There’s lots of bands that come and go very quickly.
Q: Tell me your favorite thing about performing live.
A: Two things, really. For me, it’s because I like the music. I like to play it because it’s difficult to find places to hear that music, to find groups that play it.
And the other thing is that I like the feedback that you get from other people ... people get up and dance.
The Summer Sounds at Skansie concerts are every Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m. To learn more about Off the Hook, visit othband.com.