A potent blend of Funk/Jazz-Fusion/Electronica/Rock

The Funky Nuggets                                                 

Bio: 
Genre: Funk/Dance/Fusion
  
    The Funky Nuggets were formed in early 2010. Stemming from Delray Beach, FL they tore a hole in the Florida music scene. 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 directly supported acts such as Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and guitarist of The Doors, Robby Krieger, Grammy Award Winning artist Cyril Neville, as well as nationally touring acts like Dumpstaphunk, Tea Leaf Green, and The Heavy Pets just to name a few. The Nuggets have also played such Venues as the legendary Tobacco Road in Miami, Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park (Live Oak, FL), Quixotes True Blue (Denver, CO), Sanchos Broken Arrow (Denver, CO) The Culture Room (Ft. Lauderdale),  Dunedin Brewery (Dunedin, FL), LSU (Louisianna State University), 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.


Influences:

Frank (Guitar) – Nile Rodgers, Mark Knopfler (The Dire Straits), Jerry (Nuff Said), Rob Zombie, Dream Theater, Michael Jackson, Brad Paisley, Louis C.K, Trey Anastastio (Phish), Boston, Steve Vai, David Allen Coe, as well as countless other people and things.

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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The Funky Nuggets perform Ride Captain Ride-Ina Gadda Da Vida w/ Mike Pinera, guitarist of Thee Blues Image, Iron Butterfly and Alice Cooper from 80-83.
 
  


The Funky Nuggets w/ special guest Jeff Lloyd of The Heavy Pets @ B.E Easy Music & Arts Festival 
 

The Funky Nuggets w/ Mike Garulli & Jaime Newitt of The Heavy Pets performing a Heavy Pet original Girl You Make Me Stupid


  

The Funky Nuggets open for Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and guitarist of The Doors, Mr. Robby Krieger at The Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 8/30/13 (shown above)
  
The Funky Nuggets @ B.E Easy Music and Arts Festival 2013 

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