Downbeat Switch
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Downbeat Switch

Richmond, Virginia, United States | SELF

Richmond, Virginia, United States | SELF
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"Downbeat Switch Mesmerizes Robin at City Dogs!"

Downbeat Switch is most definitely groove music - largely funk rock with some other influences mixed in. With Jenna B on lead vocals, Meredith Brooks on guitar and lead vocals, Wayne Todd on bass, Michael Register on drums, and Tommy Vinson on keys, they are able to create a deep, lush sound that just reaches out and carries you away. From the very first song Jenna's voice really stole the show. She had incredible range in both pitch and volume, but her real specialty was a deep, sultry wail. This was showcased beautifully in their renditions of “Fire on the Mountain” and Joplin's “Half Moon”. While I did have some difficulty drawing my attention away from the amazing vocals, it really wasn't all that hard to get into the rest of the music as well. Wayne laid down quite a few mean bass lines that really gave the band much of its funky feel. And as always with rhythm-driven music, Michael's drums really held everything together. As I mentioned earlier, Tommy also plays guitar, and it really showed in his ability to mesh the keys with Meredith's guitar, making the perfect compliment to Jenna's voice. - Magazine33


"The Red Door Sessions" EP 2010
"Run from the Sun" LP 2009
"Seconds" LP 2005
"Funk Shui" LP 2004



Downbeat Switch is a Richmond, Virginia based rock band that was started in the Summer of 2002 in Mathews County, Virginia. The band's funk, rock, and reggae infusion set them apart immediately within the local scene. Using extensive vamping, dynamic vocal harmonies, and a style all their own, Downbeat Switch was able to develop a diverse following. The band became known for their high energy live shows, positively oriented lyrics, and a hard hitting funky sound that allowed them to tour extensively all over the area during the following years. The band has three independently released albums; "Funk Shui"-2004, "Seconds"-2005, and "Run from the Sun"-2009. The band's most recent release of 2010 was an EP entitled: "The Red Door Sessions", featuring the band's new frontwoman, Jenna B on several previously released songs.