The Opposition Party delivers vintage afrofunk sounds with energy and fidelity driven by 4 horns, multiple percussionists, and a tight, grooving rhythm section. Acclaimed vocalist Mark Ford leads the show.

The Opposition Party:

Mark Ford – Vocal
Mark’s diverse singing career includes long Broadway stints in “Rent” (as Tom Collins) and “Lennon”, touring and recording with Elton John, several offBroadway and regional musical productions and performing with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers.

Mamadou Mbengue – Talking Drum

Marshall Greenhouse – Percussion
Marshall spent 6 years performing at clubs and festivals all over the country with Chicago Afrobeat Project. He also performs with Kava, Afro-Zep, and his latest endeavor, Smash-Chicago’s first live mash-up band.

Bryan “Rez” Resendiz – Drums
A natural feel drummer with a penchant for polyrhythm, Rez has toured all over the globe and can lay down complex afrobeat rhythms as well as simple, soulful grooves.

Michael Weimann – Bass
For years, Mike has added his smooth, round sound to funk and African projects throughout Chicago.

Jason Kaulas – Guitar
Strictly rhythm. You don’t see many guitarists with these chops layin down just the scratch, the skank, and the rub a dub. Watch out, he might take a solo one of these days, and you wouldn’t want to miss it.

Joshua Siegal – Keyboards
Serving up the bubble on the organ, synth, and electric piano. Josh also creates sound for theater and produces multimedia in his spare time.

Joshua “Shap” Shapiro – Tenor Sax
The soulful virtuoso. Shap is in demand all over town, and we’re glad to have his formidable horn sweetenin our sound.

Andy Peplinski – Trombone
A multitalented bass player who digs on funk, we get him on his first love, the slide trombone.

Joshua Therriault – Baritone Sax
Holding down the low sound in our section, Josh adds the edge of bebop baritone to our groove. He knows how to keep it together in more ways than one – when he’s not playing horns, he’s busy repairing them.

Previous special guests:

Gil Alexander – Percussion
Victor Garcia – Trumpet
John Knecht – Percussion (alumnus)
Typhanie Monique – Vocal
Ryan Nyther – Trumpet
Chris Paquette – Percussion
Alejo Poveda – Percussion
Michael Riendeau – Percussion
Wolfy – Percussion