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Friday August 25 2017
 8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM ••• 21 AND OVER
The Funkanauts
 Funk, Rock, Jazz, Psychadelic
Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra
 Retro Funk
Swoop Unit
 Blues / Funk / Jazz

The Funkanauts
  The Elite Council of Funk
Jstone - Lead Gtr & Vocals
Ace Alan- Bass & Vocals
Brotha P - Lead Gtr & Vocals
Rand G - Drums
Ocea - Keys
-from Planet Rizq/Oakland, CA

- Change has come as foretold by the Mayan calender, and it has come in the form of the Funkanauts. A bay area band that has managed to hold on to the the very essence of the Funk. True...
We Come From Planet Funk, To give the People what they want. Its up to you to realize - that the FUNK can't be denied....

Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra
Sean Sharp Lead Vocals & Chief Songwriter,
Noelle Glory - Vocals,
Joseph "Mojo" Powell - Vocals,
Paul Sloan - Guitar,
Vince Mellone - Guitar,
Kaz Sasaki - Bass,
Rob Hooper - Drums,
Simon Rochester - Keyboard,
John Gibson - Trumpet,
Chris Jordan - Saxophone
Aaron Saul - Alto Saxophone
-from San Francisco, CA

-Soul music is proving to be more relevant in the 21st century than ever before. Case in point: the recentfunkativities of Stymie and the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra, a Bay Area bred, eleven-piece tribe of thingamajigs lead by singer/songwriter Sean “Stymie” Sharp.

Stymie is an animated individual. When he speaks about anything, from music to comics to movies, he speaks with an intense and jovial vigor that is as learned as it is inspired. Regarding the topic of being spoon-fed the formulaic, he argues, “It is true that not all things are for all people. But this does not mean that you shouldn’t give the fans the benefit of the doubt.” And sure, if you’re going to call Stymie anything, the man doesn’t completely object to being tagged the leader of a funk band, as he explains: “Stylistically, funk is the least limited genre.” Still, he does not want to “categorize the fan base,” as he is frequently inclined to dip his creative pen into the avenues of ska, R&B, rock, reggae, and even pop.

The band has come a long way and leapfrogged a few hurdles to get to the artistic pinnacle it’s at today. The current incarnation, a combo of returning veterans and funky-fresh blood, has Stymie tickled stink. “This version of the band is carving out its own identity with these latest songs.” Indeed, he has been writing new ditties at an astonishing rate, “inspired by the blessing of these talented people.” A taste of the new material will be featured in a four song EP, Songs We Pretend to Be - a portion of the upcoming album, Funkativity Joint - in conjunction with the release of new, live Youtube videos. 

Stymie, who grew up in Hollywood off Sunset, started the group in San Francisco in 1996.  The first lineup featured Joe “Mojo” Powell, a featured harmonizer and hype man who still elevates the band today. The band soon proved itself to be stupendous live, voted Best Funk Band in SF Weekly. While it has enjoyed the honor of opening gigs for the likes of Earth, Wind, & Fire, Fred Wesley, Digital Underground, and Billy Preston over the years, Stymie and the PJLO has been packing ‘em in with its own headlining shows for over a decade and a half - and still counting.

Swoop Unit
Rossana Schneider-Vocals, Paul Rustigian-Keys, Adam Willis-Drums, Steve Neil-Bass, Patrick Greene-Guitar, Nathan Harris-Tenor/Bari Sax, Scott Okamoto-Trombone, John Gibson-Trumpet
-from San Francisco Bay Area, CA

-Groove and Original Dancefloor Jazz Funk. 8 seasoned musicians compile this group of soul survivors. Swoop Unit can be heard all over the Bay Area at venues such as: Great American Music Hall, Yoshis, Amnesia.