The Mixtapes to Cover the Best ’90s Hits at George’s Friday, Aug. 11
Time to break out the plaid flannel, torn jeans, band T-shirts, messy hair and grunge-heavy makeup: The Mixtapes are coming back to George’s Majestic Lounge Friday, Aug. 11. The Springfield-based band faithfully reproduces music from the grunge heyday of the 1990s, but highlights many genres, playing songs by everyone from Nirvana, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Cake, Alanis Morrisette, Rage Against the Machine, TLC, No Doubt, and more to now-grown Gen-Xers longing for a brief moment of ’90s nostalgia. The result is typically a full room of raucous singalong dancing.
Johnny Shelton, who plays guitar, bass and drums in the band, said the musicians are committed to playing the songs faithfully to ignite the memories that moves people to participate and have a great time.
“That was the stuff that I was cranking in the car in high school, and that was 20 years ago, and [it’s] a lot of fun. We try to make it as simple as that,” he told the Springfield News-Leader. The Mixtapes were formed in 2013 and since have grown into one of the region’s most popular cover-dance bands.
The versatility and complementary voices of the group’s members enable them to perform a great variety of material, said Katie Shelton, Johnny’s wife; she plays keys, accordion, and lap steel guitar. At the same time, they capitalize on each player’s experience on multiple instruments. When drummer Phillip Burmood sings, bass player Summer Trottier often fills in on drums (she also plays keys and guitar). Guitarist Chris Slater also plays bass, keys and drums.
For rap/hip-hop tunes such as “The Distance” (Cake), “Gangsta’s Paradise” (Coolio) and “Sabotage” (Beastie Boys), the band relies on the voice of Trey George whenever he’s available.
Friday’s show at George’s is open to ages 18+ and starts at 9 pm. Admission is $10.