The Shakedown is a Gainesville based five-piece band with a contemporary blues-rock and classic soul edge. It is comprised of stage veterans well-seasoned in a variety of musical genres but who have a special affinity for the unique expression of heart and grit that blues music offers. Some of the bands greatest influences include Albert King and Koko Taylor, and the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton, and Danielle Nicole.
The Shakedown's featured vocalist, Michelle "Velvet" Banfield, is vocal powerhouse who can rip the paint off the walls with her blistering, full bodied voice, and then stir you to your core with her soulful, emotional performances. Over the years of her singing career, Michelle has enjoyed success and recognition as lead singer in a funk band, jazz ensemble, and classic rock group, but fondly describes singing the blues as "coming home". This band enjoys sharing their genuine love of the music with their listening audience and especially loves to make people dance. Get ready to be moved ..... be prepared to get shook!