Born out of love for soul, boogaloo and R&B, Juicebox does more than keep alive the traditions that inspire it. These are the sounds of the late sixties but rendered by musicians with the impulse of another generation. Juicebox is an authentic soul band with a respect for roots but blessed with the invention that defined them..
Juicebox, in other words, has not stood still. Neither have their audiences who have been kicking the rug off the dance floor. “When the deaf hear and the lame dance we know we are getting something right” says founder, tenor sax and flute player Rob Berends.
The Amsterdam band was formed in 2003 although the eight members have enriched the local soul and blues scene for years and played with the likes of Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, Alton Ellis, Rico Rodriquez, Rude Rich and the High Notes, Hans Dulfer, Wally Tax and the Brass Babes.
Juicebox, anchored in the sounds of the legendary Stax and Kent labels, gushes popcorn from its first CD - Popcorn 69 - and shows why it is fast emerging as one of the most exciting line-ups on the European club scene. The band has played in Dutch venues such as the immortal Paradiso, De Melkweg, De Kring, Club Vegas, en The Sugar Factory.
Rob Berends – saxes & flute, Tobias Breekveldt; Vocals, percussion; Rob de Lange; Guitar, Julien Kummer; Organ, Wurlitzer piano; Ruud Kleiss; Trumpet; Mechteld Bannier; Baritone Saxophone; Mirko Sikolovic; Bass; Emanuel Wiemans; Drums