Rock pioneer Lester Chambers releases "People Get Ready" with Bay Area supergroup

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Sunday, March 27, 2022

San Francisco-based psychedelic soul group Moonalice releases “People Get Ready.” The new single is a fresh take on the Curtis Mayfield track that The Chambers Brothers originally released on their 1965 debut album ‘People Get Ready.’ Named the unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the song is often used to get people marching or to calm and comfort them. “People Get Ready” comes out right before the Academy Awards, where Questlove’s acclaimed Summer of Soul is nominated for Best Documentary Feature. The film documents the Harlem Culture Festival of 1969, where Lester Chambers and The Chambers Brothers performed, blazing through soul stompers including “People Get Ready.” Two of The Chambers Brothers' tunes from this legendary concert are included in Summer Of Soul.

“I’ve been singing ‘People Get Ready’ for almost 60 years now and the song is very meaningful to me,” explains Moonalice vocalist Lester Chambers and legendary co-founder of the pioneering ‘60s psychedelic soul group The Chambers Brothers. “I often preach to the audience that instead of a 'train a coming' there is a 'change a coming'. The train has already left the station and the time has come for the change that is long overdue.”

“People Get Ready” will be featured on Moonalice’s upcoming ‘Full Moonalice Vol. 1’ EP, out via Nettwerk on 4/20. The six-song record is the group’s label debut and features the previously released singles “Let’s Get Funky,” “Woo Woo” and an extended version of the band's first single, “Time Has Come Today.” ‘Full Moonalice Vol. 1’ is their first full body of work since transforming into a ten-piece in 2019 through the addition of Lester Chambers and Dylan Chambers of the New Chambers Brothers, and Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjen of the T Sisters.

Moonalice will spend the next few months on the road, touring across North America, including festival performances at BottleRock and Skull & Roses. The group will also headline shows at Nectar Lounge in Seattle, Portland’s The Get Down, and a hometown record release party at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall to coincide with their annual 4/20 celebration.

Moonalice 2022 Tour Dates

April 10 – Skull & Roses – Ventura, CA
April 15 & 16 – Soul Revival’s Grateful Easter Weekend – Ukiah, CA
April 22 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
April 23 – Odd Fellows Hall – Auburn, CA
May 7 & 8 – Good Old Days Festival – Pacific Grove, CA
May 19 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle WA
May 20 – The Get Down – Portland, OR
May 21 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
May 28 – BottleRock Festival – Napa, CA
June 5 – Redwood Mountain Faire – Felton, CA
June 12 – Hog Farm Hideaway – Laytonville, CA
August 2 – Jerry Day w/ SF Giants @ Oracle Park – San Francisco, CA
September 10 – June Lake Jam Festival – June Lake, CA
October 6 & 7 - Salmonfest – Ninilchik, AK
October 8 – Fur Peach Ranch – Pomeroy, OH
More national headline dates coming soon..