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Big Sam’s Funky Nation

When you think of New Orleans, the city’s foremost flambeaux-lit traditions of Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, voodoo, Po’ boys, beads, gumbo, and second line undoubtedly come to mind. You can also count Big Sam’s Funky Nation amongst those NOLA treasures.

Known for a boisterous blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, nothing short of seismic live “experiences, and a whole lot of Southern charm, Big Sam’s Funky Nation might very well be The Big Easy’s best kept secret.

No other place could birth such an undeniable, unpredictable, and downright unique collective.

Website: https://www.bigsamsfunkynation.com/tour/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigsamsfunkynation/
 

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Melvin Seals with The China Cats

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music". From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Qr63X0XEo 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelvinSealsMusic/

 

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China Cats

Performing for nearly a decade and over 150 shows, The China Cats continues the musical tradition of the Grateful Dead while throwing a new kind of gasoline on the fire. On any given night the band will play songs from throughout the Dead's 30-year repertoire. Their joy and enthusiasm for making music together is so contagious that the band has featured guest appearances from Grateful Dead alum, including original member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay.* Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band has joined the band on numerous occasions since 2013. China Cats performs throughout California including a recent series at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, which belongs to Dead bassist Phil Lesh.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xafixJiq-4  



 

 

 

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Jesse Daniel

Jesse Daniel is quickly becoming a household name in country music, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Saving Country Music, No Depression and Paste Magazine, among others, for his self titled debut. Since the release, he and his band have been touring nationally, sharing the stage with the likes of Junior Brown, Wayne Hancock and Dale Watson. Having been awarded Musician Of The Year by the NEXTies Awards, and nominated for the 2019 Ameripolitan Awards, he seems to just be getting started... Keep your eye out for Jesse Daniel.

Video: https://youtu.be/ICeDV1iY8Hk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thejessedaniel/

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The Risky Biscuits

 From the Sierra Nevada foothills, The Risky Biscuits bring an original mix of heel-kicking stompers and humble ballads, creating an eclectic mix of americana, bluegrass, rock, soul, and country. With members originating from Boston, New Jersey, Tennessee, and California, the Biscuits provide the kind of sound that only develops when backgrounds and styles collide.

That sound is rooted heavily in the meeting of instruments that cross paths, but rarely converge. The Risky Biscuits combine Nate Semprebon on lead vocals and keyboard, Travis Schlafmann on banjo, Kiel Williams on electric guitar, Austin Broder on violin, Andy Merrill on electric bass, and Sky Harris on drums. This blending of the amplified, and the acoustic is half of what makes this band stand out so much. The other half of course, is the music itself.  The band aims to cross genres in a way that is progressive, yet fundamentally simple. That being said, you never quite know what you'll get when you see a show. Things can go from psychedelic, to folksy and back in the time it takes to grab a beer. Wouldn't be too "risky" of a band if switching it up wasn't a big part of the formula.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rznwdastv8o

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riskybiscuitsband/

 

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Coffee Zombie Collective

Coffee Zombie Collective was formed with one thing in mind: bringing music to the people. Our ever-expanding set list sweeps from rock anthems and originals, to old-time standards, and right back through 80's and 90s hits, all with our distinctive CZC twist. Our live performances energize festivals, light up local street corners, invigorate house parties, and make weddings the boisterous sing alongs they should be. 

With our lineup of acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, upright bass, trumpet, boomslap, and melodica, crowds quickly form and sing-alongs ensue.  

Website: http://coffeezombiecollective.com/index.html

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Grampa’s Chili  

Grampa's Chili has been reinvigorating the west coast jam band scene with their own brand of 'psychoactive jamfunk' since the mid 1990's. 

Combining elements of jazz, rock, bluegrass, folk, funk and west-coast psychedelia, Grampa's Chili shows feature a vast repertoire of original tunes that thrive on intelligent songwriting, sonic exploration, and liberal doses of serendipity. 

A Grampa's Chili show is a celebration of positive vibes, rockin' jams, warm smiles and unbridled joy. 

Bring a Bowl, Bring a Friend

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRY1UusXEBc