As a unit, the Michelle Taylor Band rides atop an effortless wave of cool, exploiting pose and attitude for all they’re worth. Taylor cites soul and blues powerhouses Beth Hart and Susan Tedeschi as touchstones. Their influence is clear: Like those artists, Taylor exudes a constant sense of a firm hand, leading her band with precision while seeming utterly at ease onstage. To go back further, she calls to mind Janis Joplin’s ability to completely give herself over to a performance. Musically, the Michelle Taylor Band is all over the shop, covering a wide variety of songs and genres including blues, country, pop and rock — all with an added dose of grit.
Michelle Taylor Band
Sylvester Park, Legion and Capitol Way, Olympia
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8