Woodstock soul-rock artist Simi Stone plays violin, guitar, and percussion, boasts a huge, versatile voice, and commands the stage like a latter-day Tina Turner. She writes catchy pop tunes, dance numbers, and compelling, introspective folk songs, all in her signature, upbeat “Mountain Motown” style. Her band is a veritable funk-rock supergroup, including bandmates of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the B-52s, and Gang of Four.
Simi’s Helsinki shows are already the stuff of modern legend. Reviewing her December 2013 show at Helsinki Hudson, local music critic Seth Rogovoy wrote, “If there is any justice in the world, her upcoming album will propel Stone into national consciousness as a major new force on the pop-soul scene…. What the world needs now – right now, and not a moment too late – is Simi Stone, in all of her multitalented, glorious appeal.”
Simi Stone names Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, old school Madonna, Donna Summer, and Whitney Houston as influences, and it’s hardly out of the question that someday Simi Stone will frequently be mentioned among them as a peer.