The Funky Nuggets
Bio: Genre: Funk/Dance/Fusion
The Funky Nuggets were formed in early 2010, stemming out of Palm Beach, FL. Originally, a three piece band, they tore into the South Florida jam band scene with great haste. This is a band that not only has traditional lyrical rock/funk songs but dance party nu-disco instrumentals as well. With the help of their very loyal and daily growing fan-base, they have gained much respect and recognition in the Florida music scene in a short amount of time.
T.F.N has played with such acts as Grammy Award Winning artist Cyril Neville, as well as nationally touring acts like Dumpstaphunk, The Heavy Pets, Zoogma, Papadosio, just to name a few. The Nuggets have also played such Venues as the famous Jimbo’s Place in Miami, The Culture Room (Ft. Lauderdale), The Funky Biscuit (Boca Raton, FL), Dunedin Brewery (Dunedin, FL), Guanabanas (Jupiter, FL), and The Crowbar (Tampa, FL) among many more.. In 2011 they were the featured headline acts at the Splash Naked Music Festival, FYN Winter Gathering Festival, and EarthDance Lake Worth Festival. In December of 2011 they won a national poll contest to secure a spot on Aura Music Festival 2012, beating out bands from all over the country. Also a featured act on the Orange Blossom Jamboree Festival 2012/2013 and the headlining act at the FYN Spring Bash Festival. In April of 2013 they embark on their first Colorado tour.
This is a band with a very unique sound some would refer to as Funk-Fusion or Jam-tronica. However, they prefer to simply say ''Jam band'' and are VERY improvisational in their live shows. Feeding off the energy of the crowd and falling into extended improvisational jams, they never play a song exactly the same. Thus keeping every T.F.N experience unique and very “in the moment.” They've shown to be gaining great momentum in the Florida music scene and with no signs of slowing down. The future looks to be very bright for The Funky Nuggets.￼
Frank (Guitar) – Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), Jimmy Page (led Zeppelin), Mike Rempel (Lotus), Trey Anastasio (Phish), John Gutwillig (The Disco Biscuits), Steve Vai
Nico Swarley (Bass Guitar) – Phil Lesh (GD), Jerry Garcia (GD/JGB), Ashton "Family Man" Barret (BMW), Kieth Moseley (SCI), John Kahn (JGB/LoM/other), Jesse Miller (Lotus), Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon), Robbie Shakespeare (S&R), Nigel John Taylor (DD), Mike Gordon (Phish), Charles Mingus, John Patitucci, Jesus (Lettuce), Ryan Stasik (UM), Rob Derhak (moe.), Merl Saunders, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Victor Wooten (BF&FT), Billy and Mickey (GD), John Paul Jones (LZ), Stefan Lessard (DMB), Snoop Dogg, Flea (RHCP), Django Reinhardt (solo), Elvis (King), Verdine White (EWF) and, last but certainly not least, Duffy Jackson
Chris Lopez (Drums)-- Stanton Moore (Galactic), Allen Aucoin (Disco Biscuits), Zach Velmer (STS9), Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band) Dave Weckl (Independent)
Nik Dee-- Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer), Billy Joel, Victor Borge, Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and of course Page Mcconnell of Phish
Ryan (Sax) - Charlie Parker, LeRoi Moore (DMB), Maceo Parker (James Brown/Parliament), Khris Royal (Lettuce/Rebelution/George Porter), Andrew Woolfolk (EWF), Shady Horns (Kininger and Zoidis of Lettuce/Soulive), Ben Ellman (Galactic)
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