Bar band searches for universal appeal.

Spun for All: Strummin’ for Spun: Buosante of Spun.

On a weekend evening at the Britannia Arms, a quartet of musicians performs for a full house of revelers. They play Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” and Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl.” They perform songs that appeal to middle-aged married couples and rowdy, college-aged youths.

The band, based in Santa Cruz and called Spun, is all about appealing to almost everyone. Patrick Buonsante, lead vocalist/guitarist, says Spun can play everything from Frank Sinatra to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “The whole concept with Spun is a circle that covers everything,” he says.

The core of Spun is Buonsante and lead guitarist/vocalist Blair Simmons. The two started playing together about eight years ago in a band called Finger Sandwich, which had more of a modern rock sound, and evolved into Spun.

Currently, the band performs at venues like Britania Arms, Bullwacker’s, and Santa Cruz’s Crow’s Nest. In addition to performing two or three weekends a month, the band is working on a CD to be released in the spring of next year.

According to Buonsante, the originals are “funk, rock, reggae dance grooves.” Though Buonsante says a handful of the songs are political, others are a tad bit less serious. “Some of them are party songs about getting laid,” he says.

Spun plays Britannia Arms, 444 Alvarado St., Monterey, Friday at 9:30pm. No cover. 656-9543. 

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