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Signed, Sealed, Delivered
What Is Hip?
Will It Go 'Round in Circles
Hard to Handle
Let's Stay Together
Brick House



Since its inception in 2004, The Essentials has been wowing audiences across the Northwest with its 9-piece powerhouse sound of soul, funk, and R&B. From the band's critically acclaimed and award-winning original music and shows to its huge book of classic covers from such artists as Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and Tower of Power, everyone of every age has found a reason to dig The Essentials.

Combining a love and passion for good, authentic music with highly educated and honed talent has produced the band's sound – a mixture of tight rhythm, heavy brass, and soulful vocals. Members of The Essentials have recorded multi-platinum albums, received the highest award at national jazz festivals, and have been national finalists in prestigious song-writing competitions. Most players have a degree in music and back it up on stage, whether the group is headlining a festival or packing a local club.


Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Dancing in the Street - Martha and the Vandellas
Hard to Handle - Otis Redding
Brick House - The Commodores
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Let’s Get it On - Marvin Gaye
What Is Hip? - Tower of Power
This Love - Maroon Five
At Last - Etta James
Musicology - Prince
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Some Kind of Wonderful - Grand Funk Railroad
I Feel Good - James Brown
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Down to the Nightclub - Tower of Power
In The Stone - Earth Wind and Fire
Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
Does Anybody Really Know - Chicago
Celebration - Kool and the Gang
On Broadway - George Benson
Hold on I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave
Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Soul Vaccination - Tower of Power
Shining Star - Earth, Wind, and Fire
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Simple Song - Sly and The Family Stone
So Very Hard to Go - Tower of Power
For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
Sing a Song - Earth, Wind and Fire
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
What You Won't Do For Love - Bobby Caldwell
September - Earth Wind and Fire
Pass The Peas - The JBs
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
The Chicken - Jaco Pastorius
Diggin' On James Brown - Tower of Power
What’s Goin’ On - Marvin Gaye
Will it Go ‘Round In Circles - Billy Preston
You Are The Best Thing - Ray Lamontange
So I Got to Groove - Tower of Power
This Masquerade - George Benson
Ebony and Ivory - Stevie Wonder
That's How Strong My Love Is - Otis Redding
Here I Am - Al Green
Work to Do - Isley Brothers
I Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
You’re Still a Young Man - Tower of Power
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Lou Rawls
Soul Trilogy
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
Fallin' - Jamiroqui
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg - The Temptations
Pick Up the Pieces - Average White Band
Back in Love Again - LTD