Music

Rhonda Kinard on upright bass with the Jeanettes

Rhonda Kinard with the Jeanettes

Rhonda Kinard on guitar at the National Queer Arts Festival in 2017

National Queer Arts Festival 2017

Rhonda Kinard on guitar

RHONDA KINARD was born and raised in Oakland, California, and she started playing guitar when she was 16 years old. Things really clicked for her when she started playing jazz bass guitar in college. Since that time she has toured and performed at a number of US venues and festivals including Slim’s SF, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and the National Queer Arts Festival.

Rhonda has recorded with a variety of groups in styles ranging from progressive rock to hip-hop. A song she recorded with Seth Chapla Band was included on the video game Rocksmith in 2011. Her biggest influences are Motown bassist James Jamerson, Stevie Wonder, gospel, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Perhaps unsurprisingly, her favorite styles to play are jazz, funk, and salsa, and she’s an excellent soul bassist.

Rhonda currently plays ukulele, guitar, upright bass, and electric bass in several projects based in the Bay Area. She’ll spend some time touring with The Singing Bois in 2018. Contact her if you have a cool project and need a seasoned, and dependable player who is always in the pocket.