About Mission Players
San Francisco’s Mission Players have established themselves as one of the best live acts around. Their infectious grooves melodically, harmonically and rhythmically blend soul, funk, jazz and blues. “The Mission Players slap on some fresh treads and nice rims and cover ground like champs” Dennis Cook, Jambase.com, Cook’s Corner.
Grown out of jam sessions in San Francisco’s Mission District, Mission Players found their core group in early 2001, consisting of: Mike Mulqueen (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Greg Garvey (Bass), Jessie Hiller (Drums), Jason Movrich (Guitar/Vocals), Erik Mekkelson (Sax) and the latest addition to the band, Jessie Hiller (Drums). The band’s songs reflect the deep-rooted music of 70s soul and funk and are heavily flavored with influences from Stevie Wonder, James Brown and The Meters. “Our ultimate goal is to produce a high energy live show that makes people need to shake their feet on the dance floor” Mike Mulqueen.
2004 saw Mission Players release their first full length album entitled, “Live & Livin’ It” (SFG Records), recorded live at Elbo Room in San Francisco. The year also saw live dates spread all throughout the state of California and beyond. 2005 found Mission Players touring the ski slopes of Colorado and live dates throughout Southern California and the rest of the state.
The bands highly anticipated CD, “Get Back Soul was released in 2007. The tracks are super fresh, ultra funky and blend some amazing Soul, Funk and Blues music. The band also completed tour dates throughout Colorado with additional tour dates in Lake Tahoe and throughout Northern California.
The band has recently shared co-bills with the likes of: Papa Mali, On the One, Irvin Mayfield Quintet, Fareed Haque Group, Robert Walter and members of Galactic. “…the “soul-funk-groove” quintet, whose high-energy live shows have been known to get even beer-clutching wallflowers out on the floor cutting a rug…” Bill Picture, San Francisco Chronicle, Pop Beat.