George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelicmachine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.
Born in Kannapolis, NC, on July 22, 1941, Clinton became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey during the early ’50s. . Basing his group on Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Clinton formed The Parliaments in 1955, rehearsing in the back room of a Plainfield barbershop where he straightened hair. The Parliaments released only two singles during the next ten years, but frequent trips to Detroit during the mid-’60s – where Clinton began working as a songwriter and producer – eventually paid off their investment.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
WE WALK THIS ROAD – ARTIST NOTES
This record is a celebration of African-American music over the past one hundred years and its social messages from the last thirty. Although we cover a whole timeline of different eras on We Walk This Road, what ties these songs together remain their message of hope, their ability to uplift.
After we finished our last record, Colorblind, we began searching for a great producer to help guide the follow up. We wanted someone who understood me and the road I’ve walked this far, who understood our connections of my roots within rock and gospel and the church, who would help us put those things in their most compelling context.
T Bone Burnett shared the vision of how gospel, blues and rock could be put together in a way that could relate to my history and connect to my present. It was important to us that we make the record we wanted to make, even if the end result was unclassifiable. We just focused on making great songs and great music that spoke to me, and that reflected the way I try to speak to the world.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Formed in 2003, Dumpstaphunk was initially assembled by keyboardist Ivan Neville on a whim, to perform a solo slot at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Ivan tastefully selected the unique double-bass attack of both Nick Daniels and Tony Hall on bass, enlisted his own bloodlines for the scorching guitar rhythms of cousin, Ian Neville, and most recently, added the newest member to the group, heavy-hitting female protégé Nikki Glaspie on drums, replacing original powerhouse Raymond Weber. The project has since grown from a chance side-project into what is now widely considered to be one of New Orleans’ most prestigious modern funk ensembles. An offspring with a direct lineage to their fathers in The Meters and The Neville Brothers, Dumpstaphunk is a recipe for creating a new standard for an entire genre. View full bio…
Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears
Joe Lewis is stuffed into a van with his six bandmates and one stranger, as they hurtle across Texas to a gig in Marfa. Most of the guys are sleeping now, content in the knowledge they’ve just made the record of their lives. All killer, no filler, the fittingly titled, take-no-prisoners Scandalous (Lost Highway)—once again produced by Jim Eno, moonlighting from his main gig as Spoon’s drummer—is a churning slab of rock & roll, blues and funk, laced with a double shot of 100-proof punkitude.
This band has gotten tight as a gnat’s ass through nearly two years of barnstorming without a break. “We’ve grown a lot as a band, and so has our fan base,” the lanky, enigmatic Lewis acknowledges. “Hopefully it’s still going up, but it will ultimately be what we make of it. As the shows get bigger and we get bigger, we have to keep improving to meet the demand. If we can’t do that, it won’t go anywhere.” From the look in Joe’s eyes as he glances at the one-stoplight towns and endless open country of central Texas whizzing past, you can tell he knows whereof he speaks. View full bio…
A phenomenal blend of self-awareness, spirit and muscle.
Osborne’s music ranges from muddy backwater blues to upbeat country rock, and fills in many of the gaps in between. He’s a songwriter [with] astonishing range, and his vocals are expressive and pitch-perfect.
Osborne’s an intense roots rock player, and he’s especially wicked when he whips out a slide. His greatest attribute is his ability to conjure intimate feelings from the darkest depths and the highest heights of his soul and share them through song.
Papa Grows Funk
“They are instruments of New Orleans music at it’s best… Any way you drop the needle you will be pleasantly surprised and feel good about it.” - Allen Toussaint
Booty shaking party music best sums up the inimitable Papa Grows Funk, one of the most successful funk bands to emanate from New Orleans. Rooted in improvisation, the group of all-star musicians led by Hammond B3 keyboardist and lead vocalist, John Gros, has built its enthusiastic vibe on a long-standing musical tradition that dates back to the hot jazz of the legends, Fats Domino and Louis Armstrong. Like Dr. John and the Neville Brothers, Papa Grows Funk keeps that New Orleans lineage alive while always funkifying towards the future.
Honey Island Swamp Band
“Somewhere, there exists a dark, smoky bar with a jukebox that spins George Jones, Gram Parsons, Delbert McClinton, and Little Feat. And if that fantasy honky-tonk lights your Marlboro, you need to know about Honey Island Swamp Band.” –Broward-Palm Beach New Times
“Vintage country meets Gulf Coast boogie-woogie blues.” –Bthesite, Baltimore Sun
“The Honey Island Swamp is a real place. It resides near the border of Louisiana and Mississippi. It’s therefore a fitting name for this band that draws inspiration from the music of those two states. With the Honey Island Swamp Band, soul, country, R&B and blues are all on equal footing. The two man songwriting/guitarist team of Chris Mulé and Aaron Wilkinson produce expressive, hook-laden tunes that honor songcraftwhile respecting the groove.” –Jambase.com
The Mosier Brothers
“The Rev” Jeff Mosier is the founding member of Blueground Undergrass, the earliest music pioneer that merged bluegrass instruments and traditional tunes with the magnetic energy of rock and roll. The band he fronted for more than a decade recorded four albums and built a sizable national following by combining bluegrass purism with a jam band sensibility. As the jamband scene became more jam-tronica and less roots-driven, the public formation of a more song-driven rock/bluegrass ensemble, The Mosier Brothers Band, made sense.
Hailing from the Crescent City, EARPHUNK has emerged as one of the premier jam acts in the Southeast. The quintet has been steadily building a rabid fan base across the United States with their brand of high-energy funk, inspired improvisation, and dynamic stage production.
EARPHUNK has performed in more than 40 cities over the past 12 months, including performances at Wakarusa Music Festival, Bear Creek Music Festival, and The Purple Hatters Ball, and sharing the stage with Galactic, Big Gigantic, Toubab Krewe, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Zoogma, Perpetual Groove, Break Science & Chali 2NA, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and Rubblebucket.
Deep Blue Sun feat. Yonrico Scott
Deep Blue Sun churns out a hypnotic blend of classic funk, melodic rock and southern-fried soul, with a touch of west coast groove. Versatile, melodic songwriting, blazing leads, harmonies & a hot rhythm section meld together into a distinctive sound.
Featuring the soaring leads from guitarist Matt Lynn and keyboardist John Marsh, and the R&B vocals from bassist Ben Hernandez, DBS takes swampy funk and melodic rock and infuses it with southern soul, jazz, reggae and a little dose of improv.
Blair Crimmins & the Hookers
Crimmins brings The Hookers out to blast the room with Dixieland horns, rowdy ragtime piano and gypsy jazz guitar. Crooning and boozing the night away, he delivers everything you would expect from a man who claims to be possessed by the ghost of an old vaudevillian accordion player. Songs jump with a 1920′s gaudiness, reminiscent of tawdry, dangerous jazz. While devious lyrics can mirror the sinister Charlestons they accompany, Crimmins also has a grab bag of unjaded torch songs at his disposal, spotlighting the loneliness of a life spent in the shadows.
After closing out an action-packed year in support of the band’s sophomore album, “Central of Georgia,” The Bitteroots are settling down to write and record release No. 3, an as-yet-untitled record sure to showcase an even more mature and polished group of musicians and songwriters.
The Decatur-based band is celebrating its fifth birthday this year, and what a long road it’s been over the years, from backyard party gigs, to stages like the long-running Dogwood Festival of music and arts, and the popular SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta’s Candler Park, and seemingly everything in between at one time or another.
The band, which features the soulful and powerful vocals of Laura Dees and rich chord voicings and tasteful, moody solos of Dan Shockley on guitar, is gearing up for a 2013 that will be a year like no other in the band’s history.
The Higher Choir
The Higher Choir is a 7 piece Southern Rock Band from Atlanta, Ga. The band is currently playing, recording and writing. Check out their new release “Half-Way Home” out now everywhere! Show dates available as well.
The Endless Energy
The Endless Energy is a rock band made up of talented kids who are 13-15 years old. The members of The Endless Energy are Jacob, Allie, Sam, and Timo. They have recorded several original songs and are busy composing more! They also cover popular rock songs and are currently playing in and around Atlanta. Visit their YouTube channel to hear some of their music and be sure and like them on Facebook.