Posts Tagged ‘Brian Culbertson’

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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 (http://www.brianculbertson.com/funk) 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 (https://www.indiegogo.com/proje…/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 www.BrianCulbertson.com.

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

TheSmoothJazzCruise2017

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2017 (Sold out! Wait List Available)

Lineup includes: Marcus Miller, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Alonzo Bodden, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Nick Colionne, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Keiko Matsui, Jon Secada, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Brian Simpson and DW3.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 4:00 pm

Cruise embarks from Fort Lauderdale, with ports of call in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Labadee, Haiti; Samana, Dominican Republic & Nassau, Bahamas from Jan 21-28, 2017

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The Tri-C JazzFest presents a Contemporary Jazz Extravaganza featuring vocalist Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson, BWB with Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 7:15 pm

Connor Palace, Playhouse Sq, 1615 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

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Come join us along with thousands of Smooth Jazz Fans from all over the world for an experience you will remember forever. This will be one of the Hottest Jazz Festivals of the summer at one of the Hottest Venues in the U.S., “The Fontanel Mansion”. Enjoy on site dinning at Café Fontanella and Whites Creek Bistro. Also, enjoy sipping on a glass of wine at Natchez Hills Winery or bourbon and rum at Prichard’s Distillery with a good rolled cigar. Let’s not forget, listening to the very best jazz artist at Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater At Fontanel. This will be an Jazz Festival Experience like non other. Come be a part of the 2016 Music City Jazz Festival June 2-4, 2016. Concerts, Wine & Cheese tastings, Bourbon & Cigar parings, Block Parties, Mingling with Jazz Enthusiast from all over the world and a Golf Tournament will be the experience of the Music City Jazz Festival. Let’s Jazz it Up!!!

The 3-day Music City Jazz Festival takes place June 2-4, 2016 and is hosted by Aysha.

Thursday, June 02, 2016 – 5:00 pm

features the MCJF Welcome to Nashville Kickoff Party at The Bridge Building, 2 Victory Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37213.

Friday, June 03, 2016 – 6:00 pm

5pm — CC’s Summer Groove featuring Cindy Bradley & Chris Standring

6:10pm — Eric Darius

7:15pm — Vocalist Will Downing

8:30pm — Brian Culbertson

Saturday, June 04, 2016 – 6:00 pm

11am — Saxxy Soul featuring Jackiem Joyner & Vocalist Selina Albright

12:15pm — Kim Scott Block Party featuring vocalist Aysha & Julian Vaughn

1:20pm — Alex Bugnon

2:40pm — Summerset Groove featuring Joey Sommerville & Marion Meadows

4:10pm — Spyro Gyra

5:40pm — MC Jazz All Stars featuring Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright

7:10pm — Pieces of a Dream

8:40pm — Boney James

Woods Amphitheater, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek, Tennessee 37189

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The Newport Beach Jazz Festival takes place June 3-5, 2016 and features: vocalist Michael McDonald, Brian Culbertson, vocalist Stephanie Mills, Average White Band, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Peter White, Paul Taylor, Euge Groove, Selina Albright, Jackiem Joyner, Phil Denny, Curtis Brooks, Karen Briggs, Gee Mack, The Bordeaux Brothers, Morgan James, Don Was and The Detroit Dukes.

Hyatt Regency, 1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, California 92660

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June 3-5, 2016

FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016
7:30pm – 11:00pm
(Gates open 6:30pm)
PAVILION STAGE

Hosted by Donnie Simpson

Friday Night Soul!

starring
New Edition
En Vogue
King
11pm-2am
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Late Night Soul Music Showcase

Hosted by Debórah Bond

featuring:

Conya Doss
Frank McComb
plus…introducing soul singer David Morin
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016
12 noon – 10pm
(Gates open 9am)
PAVILION STAGE

Hosted by Alonzo Bodden

Brian Culbertson
Lalah Hathaway
Marcus Miller
Raul Midón
Jazzing Up The Elements: A Musical Tribute to Maurice White
Take 6
Plus opening act TBA
SYMPHONY WOODS STAGE

Hosted by Cayman Kelly

The Isley Brothers
Al B. Sure
SWV
Eric Roberson
Blackstreet feat. Teddy Riley & Dave Hollister
Plus opening act TBA
10:30pm-3:30am
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Late Night Dance Party

Come eat, drink, dance, and mingle with Capital Jazz fans from across the country!
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016
12 noon – 10pm
(Gates open 9am)
PAVILION STAGE

Hosted by Alonzo Bodden

Will Downing
Fourplay – 25th Anniversary Show!
David Sanborn

Pieces of a Dream – 40th Anniversary Show!
Jarrod Lawson
Mike Phillips
Plus additional act TBA
SYMPHONY WOODS STAGE

Hosted by Cayman Kelly

Toni Braxton
The Brand New Heavies
Kenny Lattimore

Rick James’ Original Stone City Band
Tamia
Plus opening act TBA

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland 21044

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The Queen City Jazz Fest features: Vocalist Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 – 6:30 pm

Uptown Amphitheatre, 820 Hamilton St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28206