SCRATCH Acoustic Soul Trio (Simeon Flick, Eric Oberschmidt and Michael Strawbridge) specializes in performing classic music by heritage artists that have a soulful character, leaning towards the more random but still warmly familiar deep cuts in well-known oeuvres, but also presenting pieces of contemporary interest. They're probably the only San Diego cover group bravely tackling--and persuasively delivering--songs by the disparate likes of The Police, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Steely Dan, Stone Temple Pilots, Simon & Garfunkel, Fiona Apple, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, Queen, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Ray La Montagne, Johnny Cash, and Eric Clapton, while also handling more danceable mainstream fare such as Michael Jackson, Prince, INXS, Steppenwolf, Earth Wind & Fire, and George Michael. The trio spices up their 3 to 5 hour act with a stunning versatility, as all three members take turns steering the ship at least twice during a show, deftly singing lead on a multiple-era-spanning repertoire, keeping it fresh with an accompanying shift in each member's instrumentation. What the growing legion of fans seem to like most about Eric, Mike and Simeon, along with their knack for arranging their something-for-everyone song choices, is their undeniable camaraderie; when these three guys play, you can tell they're having FUN, visibly enjoying themselves no matter how many people they're entertaining. Simply put, SCRATCH delivers a highly enjoyable world class musical experience that embraces and transcends its live jukebox schizophrenia, making such ardent believers out of their audiences that they are constantly requesting new songs for SCRATCH to learn.