Eight Gigs: Ballantynes
Thu., Aug. 25, 8 p.m., Press Club, $10
Vancouver six-piece Ballantynes want to get you dancing. Sure, a lot of bands hope you will shake your hips when they hit the stage, but Ballantynes work overtime to inspire some serious sweat-induced dance moves from every person that walks into the club. They exude a ton of energy, and they’ve got it all: organ, trombone, tambourine and of course, all the standard rock ‘n’ soul instruments. Their breed of soul—Northern Soul, it’s called—is just about the most upbeat, energetic version of soul music that’s ever existed. This isn’t Al Green crooning sweet gospel ballads; this is get-up-on-your-feet-all-night-long music. 2030 P Street, www.facebook.com/theballantynes.