Lady Sunshine and the X-Band

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2013 International Blues Challenge Semifinalists
2012 1st place Detroit Blues Challenge winners
2007 Voted Best Blues Band in Washtenaw County by Current Magazine
2006 Voted Best Blues Band in Washtenaw County by Current Magazine
2005 International Blues Challenge (Memphis, Tn.) 2nd place winners
2005 Detroit Music Awards Nominees “Best Rhythm & Blues/Soul Band
2004 1st place DBS Detroit Blues Challenge Winners

Lady Sunshine and the X-Band was formed in 1994 and has been causing quite a stir since then. The Stax-Volt legacy is definitely alive and kicking with these players! This group is a product of the Motor City and is a reflection of the very essence of Detroit – Emotion, Fire, Pride, and Soul. The LSX Band has had the honor to share the stage with Blues/R&B notables Koko Taylor, Bobby Rush, Little Milton, Roomful of Blues, War, Liquid Soul, Sir Mack Rice, Spyder Turner [The Chicago Blues Legends]-PineTop Perkins, Willie Big Eyes Smith, James Cotton,Carrie and Lurrie Bell, Lonnie Baker Brooks, Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margolin, Lil ED and the Blues Imperial’s, Maurice John Vaughn,] James Smith, Bobbie Rogers, Maurice Davis, Tommy Castro,Mel Waiters ,O.B.Bucanna and blues man Carl Sims ,andJust recently shared the stage with Keiko Matsui, Alexander  Zonjic,Walter White,and Big Bill Morganfield! Lady has also shared the stage with Kim waters ,Reuben Studdard and the mirecles review and the motor city horns and Johnathan Butler!

Lady Sunshine was born to sing the blues. Born on a plantation near the Mississippi Delta in West Helena Arkansas, Lady Sunshine grew up singing gospel music as a little girl and is definitely the ‘real deal’! Sunshine is the consumate entertainer and that deep soulful southern hunger that drives her is apparent both on and off the stage through her heartfelt originals and down-to-earth demeanor. She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1975 and began performing professionally in genres such as Blues, R&B, Gospel, Soul & Jazz. Although Sunshine lives in the heartland of the University of Michigan Wolverines, the chants of ‘Let’s Go Blue’ take on a whole different meaning for her.

The Rhythm Section, comprised of (Slick) Rick Humesky on guitar, Kito Pardo on drums,Smokin Joe Aranda on bass, and Tom (Fossdog) Fosselman on keyboards, is a rock steady groove machine with such a deep pocket that no matter what style you ask for, be it Blues, Funk, R&B, Soul, Rock, Jazz or Latin, you’ll get a groove that is authentic, precise and pumpin’.

The ‘Xsatiable Horns’ are comprised of Patricio Padilla, David Maki II, and Ken Ferry. These cats are powerful, air-tight, horn phenomes, accustomed to playing as a compact and symbiotic unit in addition to being virtuostic soloists in their own right. Their ‘Phat’ sound has been described as a fusion of the Memphis Horns, James Brown Horns, and Tower of Power Horns rolled into one unique and Xsatiable package.


1. At Last-Etta James

2. Beware of the Dog-Ann Peebles

3. Heard it Through the Grapevine-Gladys Knight

4. Clean Up Woman-Betty Wright

5. I’ll Take You There-Staples Singers

6. Respect-Aretha

7. Rock Steady-Aretha

8. Rocking Chair-Gwen McRae

9. Love and Happiness-Al Green

10. Let’s Stay Together-Al Green

11.Groove Me-King Floyd

12. Superbad Medley-James Brown

13. Get Up Get Involved-James Brown

14. Trouble With a Capitol T-E.G. Kight

15. I Just Want to Make Love to You-Etta James

16. You Send Me -Aretha

17. Tonight is the Night – Betty Wright

18. Be Thankful for What You Got – William De Vaughn

19. These Arms of Mine -Otis Redding

20. Rescue Me -Fontella Bass

21. Dancing in the Street-Martha Reeves

22. Stepping Out-Denise La Salle

23. Snap Crackle and Pop-Denise LaSalle

24. Down Home Blues -Denise La Salle

25. Blues Party-Denise LaSalle

26. Never Found a Man to Love-Lavelle White

27. My Guy-Mary Wells

28. I Wish -Stevie Wonder

29. Signed Sealed Delivered-Stevie Wonder

30. Real Sad Story-Denise LaSalle

31. Sleep with One Eye Open-Shirley Brown

32. Glad to Have the Blues

33. It Ain’t Over til the Fat Lady Sang-Denise LaSalle

34. Wang Dang Doodle-Koko Taylor

35. Good Times Roll-Koko Taylor

36. Slow Roll It-The Love Doctor

37. Let’s Do It Again-Staples Singers

38. The Blues is Alright-Little Milton

39. Stormy Monday- T Bone Walker

40. Kept it in the Bedroom-Denise LaSalle

41. One More Wrong Step-Denise Lasalle

42. Shake-Otis Redding

43. Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher-Jackie Wilson

44. Brick House-The Commodores

45. Mr. Magic-Grover Washington

46. If You Want Me to Stay- Sly Stone

47. The Thrill is Gone-BB King

48. Mercy Mercy

49.Tighten Up-Archie Bell and the Drells

50. I Feel Good- James Brown