Go to the limit with funk, soul, folk and more
It’s all about energy when Lindstrom and The Limit hit the stage.
With a host of Mercer Island High School (MIHS) graduates delivering the band’s vocals, guitars, drums, horns and keyboards, the eight- and sometimes nine-piece unit delves into a plethora of musical styles that blast the crowd.
“It’s fun, that’s the main thing. We just have fun with each other and interact with each other,” said lead man and band founder Aaron Lindstrom, who serves on songwriting, vocals, and acoustic and electric guitar.
The MIHS graduate and his bandmates — who have been tearing up stages in and around Seattle for the past seven years — will give their first performance at the historic Chateau Ste. Michelle Courtyard in Woodinville from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 26.
As Lindstrom rested before his solo acoustic gig at The Shanty Distillery in Brooklyn, New York on a recent afternoon, he discussed what his rugged band brings to the musical table.
“Everything from funk to soul to folk to punk. Even though we play different genres, people say it still feels like a cohesive band that just goes from a six-minute jazz song to a Justin Timberlake and Led Zeppelin cover at the same time,” he said. he said on the phone. as the sounds of busy New York streets could be heard in the background.
While performing, Lindstrom said he drew on his three main influences from Eddie Vedder, James Brown and Dave Matthews. In the band arena, The Limit mainly plays originals and occasionally releases a cover. In addition to rocking the clubs, they provided the tunes for two of the members’ weddings.
Joining Lindstrom in the band are fellow MIHS graduates Eric Stevens on drums, Tyler Stevens on trumpet, Quinn Christopherson on trombone and vocals, and Evan Captain on keyboards and guitar. Tyler remained in the Mercer Island School District as the current music teacher at Lakeridge Elementary School.
Rounding out the band are lead guitarist Dave Thurston – whose wife Kate Gunby is an MIHS graduate – Evan Lorbecki on saxophone, Nikki Pope on vocals and Shaun Crawford on bass.
The band released their debut record, “Estate Sale!”, in 2019 and plan to send a second record to the music world in November.
Performing solo or with the band, Lindstrom said nothing in the world beats music. It’s a complete team effort to bring a song to life in the realm of the band, Lindstrom said, adding that what he initially perceived as a quiet folksong can turn into a heavy funk melody when everyone adds his touch to the number.
Some of the MIHS graduates cut their musical teeth in the marching band, and Lindstrom said current principal Parker Bixby and other teachers have been instrumental in developing students into solid musicians.
“They just instilled this passion for music and that you should love what you do,” Lindstrom said, adding that Limit listeners can hear marching band-like horn lines flow through their tracks.
Lindstrom, who has been playing guitar for 18 years and writing songs for a decade, is glad the local graduates have remained close over the years and continued their musical journey together.
“Friendships all come first, and then the fact that we can also play really good music and have fun playing is just the icing on the cake,” said Lindstrom, who lives in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle and works as a chocolatier at Theo Chocolate. in Fremont.
For more concert information, visit https://www.ste-michelle.com/chateau-ste-michelle/csm-events/events/chateau-tuesdays/5637456581.p
ISLAND MUSIC SERIES
Mostly Music in the Park will continue to rock from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Mercerdale Park with Great American Trainwreck on July 21, Outside The Lines on July 28, Portage Bay Big Band on August 4 and No Rules on August 11. For more information, visit www.mercerisland.gov/mmip.