Archive for the ‘Funk’ Category


Thursday, September 29, 2016 – October 2, 2016

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W, Jack London Sq, Oakland, California 94607


Message to funk received from the Mothership: hit-maker Brian Culbertson is in the studio conspiring with his cosmic group of musical soul brothers on his second funk collection, “Funk!,” which will be released September 16 on his BCM Entertainment label. Less than a week after his seventeenth album streets, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist will launch a coast-to-coast concert tour on a scale unlike any trek ever mounted by the vivacious showman who will be flanked by the same band showcased on the album. To help set the stage for the 11-song set plus three playful interlude sketches, all produced by Culbertson, radio stations will be serviced “Been Around The World” in early July.

Those who have caught a Culbertson show over the last year might have had a premonition that the R&B-jazzman was about to again morph into an emissary of funk, a mission that began with his 2008 recording “Bringing Back The Funk,” which he co-produced with the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire and featured legendary funksters Bootsy Collins and Larry Graham. His set list at recent gigs included a pair of funk classics, “Got To Give It Up” and “Play That Funky Music,” which made it onto the new album. The Chicago-bred musician who plays piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, clavinet, Hammond B3 organ, synths, trombone, bass, drums, percussion and sings on the entire record wrote or co-wrote nine new songs for “Funk!” that showcases his live band – Marqueal Jordan (vocals & sax), Tyrone Chase (guitars), Eddie Miller (keyboards, organ & vocals), Rodney Jones, Jr. (bass, guitar & vocals), Chris Miskel (drums) and Michael Stever (trumpeter & horn arrangements) – along with Chance Howard, a nasty R&B keyboardist, bassist and vocalist who has toured and recorded with fellow Minnesota native Prince. Noted trumpeter Patches Stewart will replace Stever for the Funk! Tour.

Next month, Howard will join Culbertson on stage to premiere a few choice cuts from “Funk!,” including the first single, at Culbertson’s fifth anniversary Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, a wine and jazz lifestyle experience in the heart of California Wine Country taking place June 8-12.

“The concept for ‘Funk!’ was to make an old-school, throwback funkadelic record in the style of P-Funk meets Prince and to tour with the same band that appears on the album – my band plus Chance (Howard). We finished tracking and are mixing this week. The show we will be taking out on the road is unlike anything anyone has ever seen from me before. It’s on an entirely different level. Yes, we’re taking it there! I’m also very excited about capturing the magic by shooting a Blu-ray to be taped on tour this fall,” said Culbertson, who as an imaginative and trend-setting artist, producer and songwriter has architected 28 Billboard No. 1 singles along with a library of chart-topping albums.

Once again, Culbertson has opened the doors to the recording studio by posting a series of video blogs from the “Funk!” sessions on his website ( as well as engaging his followers through Facebook Live. And like his most recent studio release, he’s offering fans the opportunity to get involved with the process by launching an Indiegogo campaign (…/brian-culbertson-s-funk–2…) that provides a menu of unique options, including VIP concert tickets, tickets for the Blu-ray filming, autographed CD, limited edition vinyl album, a private personalized video message, sheet music and a bobble head Funk! doll.

Tickets go on sale for the Funk! Tour for fan club members beginning June 1 and to the general public starting June 3. For more information, please visit

The songs that comprise “Funk!” are:

“Get Ready”
“The Call”
“Been Around The World”
“Take It Up”
“Let’s Take A Ride”
“We Got What You Want”
“Sunshine” (interlude)
“Hey Girl”
“Damn, I’m Hungry” (interlude)
“Got To Give It Up”
“Mile Sauce”
“Play That Funky Music”
“Spend A Little Time”
“To Be Continued…” (interlude)

The Funk! Tour itinerary is listed below (additional dates will be added):

September 22-25 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley (two shows Sept. 23 & 24)
September 26 Portland, OR The Aladdin
September 27 Bend, OR Tower Theater
October 5 Fresno, CA Tower Theater
October 6 Santa Barbara, CA Lobero Theater
*October 7 Newport Beach, CA Hyatt Newporter
*October 8 Temecula, CA Thornton Winery
October 9 Scottsdale, AZ Livewire
October 11-12 Denver, CO Soiled Dove (two shows per night)
October 13 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
October 14-15 Las Vegas, NV Aliante Casino
*October 16 Catalina Island, CA Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
October 20 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theater
October 21 Cincinnati, OH Ludlow Garage
October 23 New Albany, OH Schottenstein Theatre
October 25 Pittsburgh, PA MCG Jazz (two shows)
October 26-27 New York, NY B.B. King’s
October 28 Cranston, RI Park Theatre
October 29 New Haven, CT John Lyman Center
October 30 Boston, MA Scullers Jazz Club (two shows)
November 4 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
*November 5 Mount Pocono, PA Mt. Airy Casino Resort
November 11 Minneapolis, MN Dakota (two shows)
November 13 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 28-Dec. 2 London, England Pizza Express


The City of Miami Gardens is excited to present to you and welcome you to the official website of the Tenth Annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival. After nine years of unforgettable concert experiences and entertainment, Jazz in the Gardens has grown to become one of the most highly regarded and anticipated music festival events in the country.

Jazz in the Gardens (JITG), produced by the City of Miami Gardens, is a highly regarded and one of the most anticipated music festivals in the country. Taking place March 18th – 20th, 2016, the two-day lineup of world class artists represent a dynamic mix of musical genres. Hosted by comedy legend and entertainment mogul Rick Smiley.

2016 Lineup: Usher (Sunday), Kool and the Gang (Saturday), Average White Band (Saturday) and Brian Culbertson (Sunday).

Visit the website to purchase tickets and more information.

Sun Life Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, Florida 33056


Greg Adams and East Bay Soul will be at Yoshi’s Oakland Wed, Sept, 2! You are in Funk Trouble if you do not make it to this show! This band is funking amazing! Soulful beyond words! So much talent it just gushes off the stage!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 – 8:00 pm

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland, California 94607


Vendor Nation presents the 1st Annual Southern Maryland Wine, Jazz, R&B and Funk Festival coming to the Calvert County Fairgrounds August 1, 2015. This festival will feature wineries from around the state, numerous unique retail and food vendors and a host of local and nationally acclaimed musical artists. The event is perfect for the music and wine enthusiast and will be an unforgettable experience for all.

The Southern Maryland Wine, Jazz, R&B and Funk Festival features: Band of Roses, Brencore Allstars, David P Stevens, Alan King, Elliot Levine, Earth Wind and Fire Tribute Band, Isaac Byrd, Brian Lenair, Mike Stephens Project, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band (Maze Tribute).

Saturday, August 01, 2015 – 10:00 am

Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Dr, Barstow, Maryland 20610


Wade Ford Concert Series and SPC Enterprises Presents: Black Music Month Tribute featuring JEFF BRADSHAW & FRIENDS, MALI MUSIC, Robert Glasper, Tweet, DJ B Sharp and Special Guest Avery Sunshine.

Doors @ 5pm/Showtime @ 6pm

Terrace seats $50-$60 Lawn $25

Get tickets here.

Sat, Jun 13, 2015 06:00 PM

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, Mableton, GA


The Smooth Jazz Cruise in association with Alan Stein

A marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber’s music reaches a new level by crystallizing jazz, funk, and Latin rhythms with some killer melodies that translate exceptionally to live performance. More than just a jazz guitar player, Chuck Loeb is the consummate musician. In a career that spans four decades, he has proven himself to be a versatile composer, arranger and producer in a wide range of musical styles and contexts. Lorber and Loeb will be joined by talented saxophonist Everette Harp.

$95 VIP Orchestra Pit , $65 Orchestra, $50 Balcony

Saturday, November 22 at 7:30pm in EST

Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, New York 11570