When someone, like Stokeswood band leader and lead guitarist Mark Godwin, tells you that his musical influences range from "Aretha Franklin to The Whitest Boy Alive," you kinda have to stop and wonder. But just like Oreos and peanut butter, sometimes weird-as-hell combinations work.
The Georgia band has been making Miami its second home for a while now. "When our sound started evolving to more of a danceable monster, our popularity in the 305 started taking off. So we just went with it," says Godwin. "Miami feels like home to us now. We have such an amazing group of friends and fans there. And we have played some of the best music of our life, sweating in that tropical heat."
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And coming out this fall, Stokeswood's new album, In the Field of Vibrations, will feature more of the cool and trippy indie music that we Miamians have come to love. As lead vocalist Adam
Patterson explains: "We were trying to convey a sense of surrealism and seriousness built around an electronic sound."
Stokeswood as part of Soul Fest Weekend. Saturday, July 30. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. Doors open at 9 p.m. and admission costs $5. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.