Big Sam's Funky Nation
The Soul Juice Band
Thursday, May 17th, 2018
7:00 pmBrooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
$12.00 - $15.00
This event is 18 and over
$12.00 General Admission, $15.00 General Admission (day of show).
All guests must have a valid government/state issued ID for entry to the venue. No refunds.
TICKETS PURCHASED IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE ARE SUBJECT TO A $2 TICKETING FEE.
All general admission tickets are standing room only.
ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE NEVADA'S 9% LIVE ENTERTAINMENT TAX
Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is excited to offer special room discounts via Caesars Hotels & Resorts for traveling fans. For hotel rooms use promo code: BRB15 at www.caesars.com applicable for rooms at The LINQ Hotel and the Flamingo.
*Advertised times are for doors -- show time not available*
From national performances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits to hometown appearances Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest, Big Sam’s Funky Nation have built their reputation onstage. The band’s live performance 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 Joshua Connelly, Chocolate Milk, Jerry “J Blakk” Henderson, and Drew “Da Phessah” Baham — to create his own supergroup.
Big Sam isn’t the only member of the Funky Nation to sport some serious credentials. J Blakk kicked off his career as a trumpet player, even performing with Southern University’s marching band — Human Jukebox — before finding his love for bass. Horn player Da Phessah established himself around town as an in-demand producer and multi-instrumentalist. Guitar player Connelly grew up on rock & roll, eventually growing into a world-class musician whose style dips into rock, funk and jazz. Chocolate Milk began drumming in church. Together, those five musicians make up Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a group that knows no boundaries, no limits, no restrictions — only the thrill that comes from playing music inspired by the thrills of their New Orleans hometown.
“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.”
The Soul Juice Band was proud to be recognized as "The Best Brass Band" in Las Vegas for 2017 by NPR Nevada in the Desert Companion Magazine. The band's credits include playing at Container Park, Sand Dollar Lounge, Bunkhouse Saloon, The Smith Center, Big Dog's Brewery and finishing a 6 month residency at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. The band has become a festival attraction in closing The Pigs For Kids Festival and playing at the Neon Reverb Festival and the UNLV Reb Fest in Las Vegas. The band is set to release their first single "Brown", in March of 2018 with an estimated first album release in May 2018.
The band is made up of gritty, lead vocalist Dave Tatlock, organist/keyboardist/band leader David Rogers, guitarist Craig Morgan, bass player Alan Butterfield and drummer Matthew Hughes. Two trumpet players, Lance Aguirre and Anthony Marentic; trombone player, Kevin Mullinax; bari sax player Justin Marquis; and tenor sax player Mark McArthur round out the band and help create an amazing musical experience with original horn parts. All the members of the band are experienced players in Las Vegas, but decided to come together to form the band they’ve always dreamed about. The Soul Juice Band is the result and we’re excited to deliver an amazing sound to your venue---whatever the size.
Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
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