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      September 5, 2019

      Thursday   7:30 PM

      600 14th St NW
      Washington, District of Columbia 20005

      Big Sam's Funky Nation

      with Andrew Duhon
      When you think of New Orleans, the citys foremost flambeaux-lit traditions of Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, voodoo, Po boys, beads, gumbo, and second line undoubtedly come to mind. You can also count Big Sams Funky Nation amongst those NOLA treasures.Known for a boisterous blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, nothing short of seismic live experiences, and a whole lot of Southern charm, Big Sams Funky Nation might very well be The Big Easys best kept secret.No other place could birth such an undeniable, unpredictable, and downright unique collective.By playing on these streets, you learn how to work your craft and entertain an audience, exclaims Sam. You can go to Julliard and Berklee all you want, but they wont teach you how to rock a stage. It comes naturally in New Orleans. Ive been here my whole life and rocking these streets. Even during Hurricane Katrina, I drove nine hours from San Antonio every weekend for two years just to play live. The sound out here is unlike anything else in the world. Its not just a figure of speechtheres music going all night, literally.Against the backdrop of Crescent City, the group released five fan favorite albums and quietly developed a devout following. Powered by jaw-dropping technical talent and uncontainable energy on stage, their performances have become the stuff of legend. Big Sam ensures youre not just a part of the crowd, but a part of the show dancing and singing along. Beyond standout sets at the likes of Voodoo Music + Experience and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the boys have performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Austin City Limits, to name a few.The frontman personally draws on over two decades in the game, spanning everything from 300 shows per year during his days in Dirty Dozen Brass Band and gigs backing up Widespread Panic and Dave Matthews Band to recording and touring with Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello. Additionally, he would be sought out for a recurring role on the critically acclaimed HBO series Treme.Following the release of 2014s rock-leaning Evolution (and yet another marathon of gigs), Big Sam wanted to bring the funk like never before. So, he decided to write originals that show how cats like Morris Day & The Time, The Gap Band, P-Funk, inspired [him]while not just repeating the past.The group accomplish this mission on their aptly titled 2018 sixth full-length Songs in the Key of Funk, Volume 1. Spending just five days at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans, Big Sams Funky Nation emerged from the studio with an album tailormade for singing, dancing, and, of course, partying.Were going to keep the funk alive, he affirms. This is just Volume 1. Its just the beginning. Stevie Wonder made one of my favorites: Songs in the Key of Life. I thought it would be hip to build on the title. Funk is life for me. Funk is everything. We all need some of it in our lives, so guess whos here to give it to you?Funk is served up piping hot on the first single Poke Chop. On the track, a simmering beat punctuated by seventies-style synths gives way to lively horns, handclaps, and howls. Merging bounce energy and jazz virtuosity, the call-and-response culminates on Big Sam chanting a hometown phrase, Show me what you got for a poke chop.Elsewhere, Buzzin shimmies from talkbox into swaggering clean guitars. Painting a vivid picture of hot and heavy love at first sight on the dance floor, the frontman croons, Girl, you got me buzzin.As much as Big Sams Funky Nation represents the beating heart of New Orleans, they ultimately do so for funk music as well.When you see us live or listen to our records, were all going to have a good time, he leaves off. Thats what funk is all about. Thats what New Orleans is all about. Thats what Big Sams Funky Nation is all about. If you come to a show, youre going to party. Thats what were here for.BIG SAMS FUNKY NATION ISBig Sam Williams - trombone, lead vocals Drew Da Phessah Baham - trumpet, vocalsJerry JBlakk Henderson bass Keenan Butta Cream McRae guitar Alfred Sgt Gutta Jordan drums Kendrick Marshall keys

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