By Desiree Williams
Get ready to boogie. Bad Brad and the Sipsey Slims are part of the Fishers Summer Concert Series this year and getting the audience to dance is their goal.
“What we want to accomplish is to take people into a state of boogie that they can’t sit still, they have to cut loose,” Brad Guin, bandleader, said.
After being introduced to music at age 12, Guin has mastered the flute, saxophone, horn and auxiliary percussion. He is a sought-after musician for touring groups and studio recording sessions, but he prioritizes his band above all else.
“The Slims have been my top choice for what I do simply because it’s my most artistic outlet,” Guin said.
Bad Brad and the Sipsey Slims formed five years ago in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Aside from Guin, there are six other members that play horn, bass, keys, guitar and drums.
The Slims produce funky, retro soul originals with infectious grooves. Guin said the band’s music is influenced by all genres, but they try to create something soulful and danceable.
“We just do what we want to and it works,” Guin said. “I want to take [the band]as far as anybody will let us take it.”
That includes heading out of their home state to perform. While recording at FAME Studios in Alabama, the band met photographer Lorri Markum and other fans from Indiana who pushed them to play in Fishers.
“We are more than excited to get to come up there and do this,” Guin said. “We hope we turn it into something that happens regularly.”
Bad Brad and the Sipsey Slims will perform at 9 p.m. June 10 at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. For more on the band, visit bradguin.com.