Formed in 2012, this band’s mix of sass and brass is guaranteed to make you sweat just as much as it makes you think. Continuing in the tradition of badass Bay Area family bands, Midtown Social picks up the beat from Sly & the Family Stone and takes off from where Jefferson Airplane landed. Known across the region for their chic and soulful sound as well as their epic dance parties, Midtown Social moved SF Weekly to declare that “An alabaster statue would have two-stepped to that magic.
Touring the West Coast for the past two years, Midtown has been featured at such music festivals as High Sierra, Guitarfish, and Stern Grove, playing for audiences in the thousands while sharing the stage with pop icons such as Janelle Monae and Kehlani.
Midtown Social is a diverse community of writers, musicians, and dreamers. They are black and white, queer and straight, married and single. They represent the face of young America—and they are the new California Soul.
2019 is set to be Midtown’s year. The band is poised to release their newest album, Fantastic Colors, at the end of the year. This LP has all the Midtown magic and more.
Recorded at Zoo Labs in the heart of West Oakland with the help of Grammy nominated producer, Jeff Kolhede, this compilation speaks with the voice of a generation that understands the power and beauty of diversity. Each track highlights a different side of the Midtown community by drawing upon the many colorful musical impulses that compose it. Experimenting with Neo-soul and psychedelic syncopations, this LP goes where no Midtown record has gone before.
Midtown Social has a story to tell. They sing of tribulation and triumph, and what it means to be an artist in America today. With every groove and back beat, they prove to themselves, to their socialites, and to the world… that you can’t stop the music.