Big Sam's Funky Nation

Big Sam's Funky Nation

Swift Technique

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

$12, tickets at the door, CASH only!

Big Sam's Funky Nation
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Noladelic PowerFunk. That’s the sound Big Sam’s Funky Nation have been whipping up for more than a decade. It’s high-energy music that mixes funk, rock & roll, hip-hop, and jazz into the same pot, gluing everything together with the brassy influence — and heavy grooves — of New Orleans.

From national performances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, to hometown appearances at Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest, Big Sam’s Funky Nation have built their reputation onstage. The band’s live performances are legendary, filled with blasts of brass, bursts of electric guitar, and the charisma of Big Sam, a frontman who sings, plays, dances, and involves the audience in everything he does. You don’t just watch a Funky Nation show. You become part of the show, singing along with Big Sam whenever he demands a call-and-response.

A native of New Orleans, Big Sam first rose to fame as a member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose touring schedule kept the young trombonist on the road for 300 days a year. The group performed with bands from all genres, backing up Widespread Panic one minute before sharing the stage with Dave Matthews Band the next. A fan of diverse bands like Parliament Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour, and Prince, Big Sam loved the variety that Dirty Dozen Brass Band offered. He wanted to front his own group, though. He needed to sing, to engage the crowd, to write his own songs. Inspired to chase down that dream, he formed Big Sam’s Funky Nation, reaching out to some of his favorite players from around the Big Easy — including Andrew “Da Phessa” Bayham, Jerry “Jblakk” Henderson, Alfred Jordan and Keenan McRae — to create his own super-group.

“We don’t cater to one demographic,” says Big Sam, rattling off a list of jam band festivals, jazz shows, rock clubs, and funk gigs that his band has played since 2007. “We play music for everybody. It’s not just funk; that’s the foundation, but the music goes from funk to rock to wild jazz. It’s music about love and partying. Everyone can get down with that.”
Swift Technique
Swift Technique
Swift Technique, Philadelphia’s fiery funk extravaganza, enters 2016 after completing their most successful year to date. Most recently, the band has held several high profile support slots, including sharing the stage with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Motet, Fishbone, The Main Squeeze, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, JoJo Mayer, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Sophistafunk. While introducing the powerhouse lead vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava & Nik Greeley, the band released two new singles, “Dress Shoes” & “Jay’s the Name” to critical acclaim. 2015 saw the debut of Swift Technique’s “Ultimate Funk Throwdown: Prince Vs. Morris Day”, which will continue to be performed on select dates throughout the country. With a new EP release slated for Summer 2016, Swift Technique plans to debut a large portion of new material on March 5th at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia.

After forming in 2007, Swift Technique has relentlessly toured, performed and recorded throughout the US. The extremely positive and contagious chemistry shared by the band has always been translated in the live setting. With the 2013 release of, “you boys be aight”, Swift Technique established themselves as an up and coming force in the recording industry. Although the group draws from many influences ranging Funk & Soul to Hip-Hop & Rock, their genre is uniquely Philadelphia.

Throughout their short history, Swift Technique has had the privilege to hold direct support slots for The Meters, Wu-Tang Clan, Fishbone, Soulive, The M&M’s (John Medeski, Stanton Moore, Papa Mali, Rob Mercurio), The Motet, Kermit Ruffins, Wale, Questlove of the Roots, Keri Hilson, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Orgone, Kung Fu, Mr. Lif, The Fela! Band, Turkuaz, Deep Banana Blackout, The Royal Southern Brotherhood (Cyril Neville, Devon Allman) and others. Swift Technique has also performed at the Philadelphia Experiment PEX Festival, Beardfest, Camp Jam in the Pines, Bear’s Picnic, Jibber Jazz’s Meeting of the Minds, Late Winter JibberJam, Boogie at the Bungalow, Princeton’s Communiversity Festival, The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival in VT, The Muddy River Jam Festival in NJ, Ars Nova ANTfest in New York City and Grassroots Festival in Ithaca, among others. After a string of hometown performances in 2007 and 2008, Swift Technique was named one of the top 10 Hip-Hop bands in Philadelphia by The Deli Magazine. Since their early days, the group has evolved from a Live Hip-Hop group to an old school Funk Ensemble in the tradition of James Brown, with the grit of Led Zeppelin.

In recent years, Swift Technique has worked with Live for Live Music (NYC), CEG (NYC), NOLA Funk (NYC), Hood Booking (DC), WXPN (Philadelphia), The Backbeat Foundation (New Orleans), Rock On Concerts (Boston), Rocks Off Concert Cruises (NYC) and WXPN (Philly). The group has also performed at the country’s top venues including B.B. King’s & Brooklyn Bowl (NYC), The Middle East (Boston), Blue Nile (New Orleans), The Mint (Los Angeles), Hotel Utah (San Francisco), The National Underground (Nashville), The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), THe Pour House Music Hall (Raleigh, NC), The Spot Underground (Providence, RI), Nectar’s (Burlington, VT), Double Door (Chicago), Union Transfer, World Cafe Live & the TLA (Philly), 8X10 (Baltimore), The Hamilton & Gypsy Sally’s (DC). The creativity and drive of Swift Technique continues to flourish as the band prepares to enter their ninth year.

Members:
Vocals: Chelsea ViaCava
Vocals: Nik Greeley
Bass: Jake Leschinsky
Guitar: Andy Bree
Drums: Johnny Perry
Drums: Rich Agren
Trumpet: Greg Rosen
Trombone: Ian Gray
Trombone: Matt Fischer
Sax: Brian Blaker
Sax: Jason O’mara
Keys: Jay Davidson

Extended family/Swift Tech Collective:
Drums: Tom Cladek
Keys: Alex Ayala
Trombone: Michael Rilli

Press:
“Their contagious energy & musical prowess is undeniable, and you cannot help but smile & dance when you watch these guys play.”
– Live For Live Music

“Swift Technique‘s vocalist, Chelsea ViaCava, mesmerized the audience with her soulful voice […] Never before have I seen such a unique and unprecedented performance.”
– Rebecca Wolfe, The Music Vibes

“This octet naturally brings a high energy, layered sound to their music, containing a heavy funk horn section bursting forth from trumpet, trombone, and saxophone like fourth of July fireworks. With these elements is a perfect mixture of smooth melodic bass lines and a crunchy clean rhythm guitar that manages to harness these wild ostentatious grooves.”
– Christian Pezzino, THAT MAG

“Swift Technique’ (an appropriate name for this group) was one of the tightest, most original acts I’d seen in The District in a long time. With one microphone — front and center — the brass players seemed to trade off, each dancing when not soloing or accompanying the others. “The Temptations” would have been proud!”
– Fritz Rumohr, DC Live Music Examiner

“Absolutely amazing, They blew me away with what’s best described as a horn infused blend of funk and hip hop (…) Watch for these guys to explode”
– Bag of Songs Music Blog

“One of the best live bands I’ve ever seen” & “One of my favorite bands in the world”
– Kevin Kennedy, Philadelphia Music Critic and founder of The Swollen Fox Music Blog

“Well its not everyday you run into a band that you can automatically feel is destined for greatness. Swift Technique does Philly proud with their eclectic vibes and funky tunes that just draws the crowd in. Get your autographs and photo ops now, because in about 3 years, with the direction that these guys are going the only time you’ll see them this close and personal is on TV.”
– Christian Denzel, Sheddin.com

The Roots should watch out. Swift Technique is exactly the type of harvest you’d expect to reap from a purely organic, Philadelphia funk band.
– Quentin Williams, Temple University News
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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