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About Funk You:

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Funk You is a musical manifestation of nine kindred spirits from an east Georgia city. Motivated by a love of live performance and armed with a captivating sonic presence, the band places a healthy helping of soul atop a funky backbeat. Combining modern musical sensibilities with the last vestiges of the chitlin circuit, results in an ever-evolving sound that continues to draw crowds nationwide. 

Ten years on the road is no easy undertaking for any musical outfit, much less a group anchored by a group of childhood friends. As Funk You plans to dive into what comes next - they invite friends and fans alike to enjoy their newest musical offering, Moving Forward. 

“Moving Forward really is exactly what it sounds like,” says Will Clark. “We’re truly proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last decade and we can’t wait to see what is coming next.” 

With progress comes hard work, time, and ultimately sacrifice - a powerful trio that inevitably yields change. “I think, even though the last year has been tough, we’re happy to be pushing ahead and playing more shows. We’re just happy to be back out there,” Clark added. 

The myriad challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic simply did not deter the nine-piece musical juggernaut. After a year of planning, songwriting, and frequent virtual livestreams, the band hit the road for a nine-date southeast spring tour, with seven sell out shows along the way. Happily readjusted to life on the road, and plotting for an extended fall tour that will take the band to uncharted territory, Moving Forward will certainly be the soundtrack to the band’s upward trajectory in late 2021. 

Listeners can expect Funk You’s signature high-octane funk, driven by a hard-hitting rhythm section and glistening horns. Although the work presents the same flavors contained in the band’s recipe for success, “the music is a big step ahead, we really took time to focus on our sound in the studio,” said Evan Miller (Guitar). 

Moving Forward was recorded at Prana Recording Studio by Will Clark and Andy Headland. The album was mixed by Andy Headland and Will Clark and mastered by Chris Griffin

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About Mike Dillon: 

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Mike Dillon plays vibraphone and rants into the microphone. Combining styles and years of experience, MDB makes a noise that is unique in many ways. Dean Wean said, " The Mike Dillon Band is my favorite touring band on the planet' at the ween after show where all of Ween sans Gene, joined the stage with Mike


About Nikkie Glaspie:

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Sorceress. Alchemist. Beat Conductor. Funk Philosopher. Seneshal of Style. Purveyor of Pocket. Child of God. Agent of Love.

Nikki Glaspie is many things to many people, not least of which being among the premier drummers in music today. She has touched countless lives, laying down the groove for us to live our lives. Glaspie has played behind and alongside musical luminaries amid an array of genres, cities and scenes. As a founding member of The Nth Power, she continues blazing a path of light behind the kit, leaving a trail of fire behind her, and rolling waves of love in her wake. Nikki is already a living legend, and her name rings out among an impressive array of collaborators, calling to all corners of the globe.

Though born Fredericksburg, Virginia, Glaspie split time between Montgomery County, Maryland and Raleigh, North Carolina in her formative years. Her family were Black, Southern ministers, and Nikki Glaspie, who first hit the skins as a toddler, found her first groove at eight years old, holding down the rhythm in her church. It was evident from early on that she would not be a traditional Southern belle. She joined the choir band alongside her mother, who played keyboards, and they bonded in a shared love of music and God. It was in the church as a youth that Nikki found her calling on the drums, as well as solidified her lifelong relationship with God.

“I started playing drums when I was two years old. I started getting paid for playing drums when I was 15. I was the full time drummer for my church when I was about eight or nine. Then we moved from Maryland to North Carolina when I started my first year of high school. I then realized, it was time to get paid, because I had been playing in church for free for years.”

Around the age of fifteen, Nikki’s father started introducing her to secular music. His tastes and selections ran the gamut, as she experienced everything from Van Halen, The Gap Band, The O’Jays, Rage Against the Machine, Hall and Oates, and so many points between. Glaspie’s dad thought that since Nikki had been drumming since two years old, he would expose her to a new world of music and cultures, and see where she might take it from there. Predictably, she immediately fell in love, her mind officially blown. However, her paradigm would shift most dramatically after graduating from high school; in 2001 she then relocated to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. In the Beantown environs flush in virtuoso and metropolitan vibrations, Glaspie expanded her horizons even further, delving deep into the realms of funk, fusion, and jazz. The stage was set for her education, entertainment, and evolution. Berklee provided an embarrassment of riches for the wide-eyed Glaspie, who did her best to sponge up all the experience, perspective, and knowledge that surrounded her. She took private drum lessons from Francisco Mela, studied with the likes of Kenwood Dennard and David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, was exposed to long time heroes Dennis Chambers and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. Yet Nikki credits the conductor of the hip-hop ensemble, and founder of the Jazz Hip Hop Orchestra, Angelamia Bachemin, as the most influential instructor during her time at Berklee, and in her life as a whole. Nikki refers to Bachemin as a mother figure, and says that she taught her more about life, inside the music and out, than anything or anybody else.

“Angelamia gave me the practical tools to be able to gig and make a living for myself in that way. She broke it down for me: you got a gig to play? How do you get there? How do you get paid? What do you need at the gig? You gotta take a rug so the kick drum doesn’t slide, because you don’t know what kind of floor you’ll be playing on! She taught me a lot of things teachers don’t even think about.”

While the long-lauded Berklee gave Nikki a firm foundation, traditionally, academically and thematically, Glaspie credits the frequent gigging at the legendary Wally’s Jazz Café in Boston as an enormous and fortuitous factor in her musical education. It was at Wally’s that Nikki connected with a variety of players in a series of pseudo-student/teacher relationships. The scene on any given weeknight resembled what many of today’s jam-band super-jams aspire to. A smattering of young, inspired players would come together in a wide variety of combos, and team up with a teacher or two from Berklee, or a well known local virtuoso. The results would be staggering, spiritualized sets of music that would propel the careers of many of today’s heaviest hitters in the jazz and jam spheres. With it’s Uptown at the Apollo vibe and a “sink or swim” culture, Nikki was called to bring her best drumming and listening, and her most daring ideas to the jam, In doing so, she proved to herself that she could hang with the baddest cats in the game.

“I used to go to Wally’s Jazz Cafe, and that’s pretty much where everything started for me and for a lot of people. I started in there when i was 18 years old. Charles Haynes was there playing drums, Mark Kelley playing bass, Davy Nathan was playing keys, Jeff Lockhart was on guitar…there were several different bands. The first night that I went down there was a Thursday night, that was Francisco Mela’s night, that was an Afro-Cuban gig. I started playing every Sunday, and when Mark Kelley left, I took over Tuesdays and Wednesdays. That’s pretty much where I learned everything.”

Glaspie spent her collegiate years geeking out to the styles, patterns and approaches of a melange of accomplished drummers. She studied the likes of Dennis Chambers and Horacio Hernandez, the grooves of early Doobie Powell, the punked-up bombast of Dave Grohl, and the minimalist, snapping hip-hop beats of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Glaspie burrowed through seminal records from all arenas of the art, mining influence and perspective from Hezekiah Walker, Fred Hammond, and James “J Dilla” Yancey. One of the most influential people in her life would be Maurice White (Earth Wind & Fire) He is her hero and aspires to be just like him when she grows up.

While living, schooling and gigging in Boston, Nikki Glaspie shared the stage with a variety of diverse and accomplished artists spanning several generations and genres; the likes of which include Andre Ward, State Radio, Cee-Lo Greene, Pharoah Monch, Me’Shell N’dege Ocello, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Brenda Russell, Greg Phillinganes (Micheal Jackson), among others. Glaspie relished her role of leading the music forward, of setting the pace and the movement of groove.

“Angeliamia taught me that being a drummer means that I’m the driver of the bus. I’m the leader of the band. I lead them, they can’t go anywhere without me. I love being in the drivers seat. That’s where I live.”

Shortly after finishing school, Glaspie hooked up with another Berklee alumni, Sam Kininger, then-saxophonist of Lettuce and Soulive, who led his own funk-jam band. Nikki teamed with bassist Aaron Bellamy, Guitarist Mike Feingold and keyboardist Amy Bowles Bellamy an this mighty band made the festival and club circuit rounds. From this seat Glaspie left her first striking impressions on the newly fertile jam band scene. Meanwhile, she co-produced Adam Joseph’s R & B debut How I Seem to Be. Glaspie also scored her first endorsement, a cymbal deal with the renowned Zildjian.

The fuse was lit, and Nikki’s burgeoning career was launched skyward. R&B/rock rebel-soul guitarist Martin Luther scooped up Glaspie, in a trio with Arron Bellamy, they toured Europe and beyond. Luther came back from tour inspired, and they recorded a smoking engagement in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the live record Martin Luther Live at Arlene’s Grocery. Glaspie was again gigging for Kininger when she manifested a game changing opportunity, in the form of an audition for Beyonce Knowles’ brand new, all female touring ensemble.

“I wasn’t even considering going to the audition. I had just moved to New York 6 months prior. I was trying to establish myself, but I was still going to Boston to play weddings and other gigs just to pay my bills. The audition came up on a Monday – I had a gig with Sam [Kininger] in Nantucket. I had 50 bucks in my pocket and said to myself, “What am I gonna do?” Which lead me to staying in New York for the audition. I didn’t hear anything until the following Friday. They congratulated me and asked me back, so I auditioned again on Saturday – this is after hours and hours of playing and sitting and waiting and playing- it was all of this for probably 8 hours each day that week. Finally, at the end of the day they told us, “You ten have been selected to be in the band.” And that was the beginning of Beyonce First ever all female band.

From there began a whirlwind few years for Glaspie as a drummer for SUGA MAMA, the collection of femm-fatales that rolled on tour with the now-ubiquitous celebrity Beyonce. Glaspie again had to study and adapt to new styles and a simpler, restrained role in the band. Playing alongside percussionist Marcie Chapa and set player Kim Thompson (the latter with whom Nikki appeared on the cover of the February 2007 Modern Drummer Magazine), Glaspie toured the world with one of the biggest entertainment stars of this generation. Her schedule took her from Saudi Arabia to the White House; she experienced the music business from a perch that few ever get to see. Glaspie played every major network morning show or nighttime talk show, recorded on the platinum album 4, and spent the better part of five years as part of the singer’s meteoric rise to fame. From Beyonce, Nikki learned about persistence, professionalism, perfectionism, and pride in yourself and your work.

“I definitely had a great school with Beyoncé, because it’s a well-oiled machine, a major production. I paid attention to every single little thing that happened around me. You pick up little gems, ‘Oh, this is how it’s done.”

On the heels of SUGA MAMA shape-shifting her career arc and life, Nikki Glaspie then hooked up with a legend of a different kind, no less potent or influential. Ivan Neville of the storied Neville Brothers family  tree welcomed Nikki into the womb and the world of New Orleans funk music, and Glaspie dove in head first with aplomb. Soon thereafter, she joined Neville’s rumbling NOLA funk syndicate Dumpstaphunk, and connected muscularly with the band’s double bass attack of Nick Daniels III and Tony Hall. Glaspie took no prisoners from this drum spot, propelling Dumpsta into the top tier of touring funk bands on the festival circuit, including high-profile slots at Bonnaroo, Voodoo Music Experience, High Sierra Music Festival, Outside Lands, and more. Glaspie was also in the studio with Dumpstaphunk when they recorded their second full-length LP Dirty Word, and her fingerprints are all over the bulbous grooves that populate that release. Dumpstaphunk were invited to open for Lionel Ritchie at a coast-to-coast series of shows to promote the record.

Through Dumpstaphunk, Nikki’s reputation as a funk machine began to follow her wherever she laid down a greasy groove. In a serendipitous twist of fate, Glaspie was asked to fill in for Adam Deitch, playing two sets with Lettuce at Bear Creek 2014. The celebrated funk festival was also site of another classic Glaspie sit-in, with five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz champions Snarky Puppy. Nikki has been fortunate to play frequently at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, both at the Fairgrounds and in the clubs well into the night. Glaspie has shared the stage with Soulive, Karl Denson, G Love & the Special Sauce, Melvin Sparks, Russell Baptiste, The North Mississippi All Stars, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, George Porter, and countless others. It was a late night, Jazz Fest, Maple Leaf gig in 2012 that would connect her with what has become her passion project and life’s work, The Nth Power.

“We want to spread love all over the place and we do that through music. We believe in the healing power of music and love. We believe in the power of love. That’s what we do. That’s what we’re doing and that’s what excites me.”

Nikki Glaspie departed Dumpstaphunk in the summer of 2014 to focus on The Nth Power full time. The public praise, and rabid responses to an independently released 2013 EP Basic Minimum Skills Test told Glaspie what she already knew inside; that she was on to something special with this band, with this music, with this feeling, inside this LOVE. The collective, which includes Nate Edgar (John Brown’s Body) on bass, Nick Cassarino on guitar and vocals, believes in music as a higher power, tapping into vibrations that are both spiritual and sexy.

Glaspie’s furious gospel chops, her focused hip-hop swagger, her funky stutter steps, and serene R&B grooves are all on display, front and center, within The Nth Power’s mesmerizing gumbo. The band released their proper debut album, Abundance in 2015, and have been relentlessly touring the US in support; their songs of faith and devotion have blessed Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival, Electric Forest, Catskill Chill and North Coast Music Festival. The Nth Power’s music and message has also taken them all the way to Australia, to perform at Caloundra Music Festival, as well as Costa Rica’s The Best Festival and at the Harvest Festival in Midlothian, ON, Canada. The band’s simple-yet potent messages of love are spoken in a language that anyone, on any continent, can easily understand.

“Just in my short experience living life & traveling the world, my eyes have been opened to the world and what it actually is and how dark and dirty and messed up it is, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to spread the light.”

The future is indeed beyond bright for Nikki Glaspie and her band of troubadours The Nth Power, as more and more people get hip to the magic brew that they are sharing in all four corners of the land. Yet if you ask her for a few words about her career prospects moving forward, she offers this life mantra instead:

“Never take anyone or anything for granted, for it can be taken away in an instant. Take care of each other. We’re all we got.”

Nikki Glaspie is endorsed by Zildjian (cymbals), Vater (drumsticks), Yamaha (drums), and Remo (drum heads) Esp & Lpd guitars.


About Brian Haas:

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Out in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico, some 7,500 feet above sea level in the foothills of the majestic Sangre de Christo Mountains, strange and wonderful things were bubbling up when keyboardist Brian Haas and drummer Matt Chamberlain met in the magical adobe style Frogville Studios for three days of unadulterated improvisation. Unlike their previous collaboration, 2013’s Frames, which was meticulously through-composed by Haas and performed with exacting precision by the duo, ‘Prometheus Risen’ is a free-flowing, no-holds-barred, in-the-moment encounter based on daredevil instincts, a shared arranger’s aesthetic and mutual trust. While all the keyboard parts, Moog bass lines, ambient washes, textures, loops and huge groove playing on the kit might suggest a meticulously-crafted project involving multiple layers of overdubbing and tons of post-production work, the entire album was in fact done live in the studio.

Chamberlain, a revered drummer who has appeared on recordings with Brad Mehldau, Bill Frisell, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Morrissey, Mike Gordon, Of Montreal, Marco Benevento, David Bowie and Herbie Hancock, among countless others, fully embraced the idea of exploring freely in the studio with Haas who, in addition to his solo work, tours with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Nolatet.

Together on ‘Prometheus Risen,’ Chamberlain and Haas present spontaneous composition at its finest. Chamberlain underscores pieces like “Space Colonization,” “Orange Purple Sunshine” and “African Crowley” with his signature massive beats, while also providing a rainbow of colors throughout by thinking orchestrally from behind the kit with his sampling/looping skills. Haas’ melodious, fuzz inflected electric keyboard motifs (tweaked with Space Echo), alternately cascading and minimalist piano flourishes and deep dub bass-lines drive numbers like “Less Munitions,” “More Mentations” and “Cosmic Vision.” “Ancestral Availability” has Haas on piano and Moog bass going toe-to-toe with Chamberlain’s controlled bashing in a manner that might recall Cecil Taylor’s historic duet encounters with Max Roach. That adventurous, suite-like “Holding Deckard’s Hand” melds cascading piano against an eerie ambient backdrop and throbbing backbeats, while “Intelligence Intensification” opens like a revved-up rocker and closes like a kinetic outtake from Philip Glass’ ‘Einstein on the Beach.’

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Funk You

Mike Dillon's Punkadelick Featuring Nikki Glaspie & Brian Haas