Big Sam's Funky Nation

ANTONE'S PRESENTS

Big Sam's Funky Nation

Aaron Stephens

Sat · April 21, 2018

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$16.00 - $18.00

Big Sam's Funky Nation
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Noladelic PowerFunk. That’s the sound BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION have been whipping up for more than a decade. It’s high-energy music that mixes funk, rock & roll, hip-hop, and jazz into the same pot, gluing everything together with the brassy influence — and heavy grooves — of New Orleans.

From national performances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, to hometown appearances at Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest, Big Sam’s Funky Nation have built their reputation onstage. The band’s live performances are legendary, filled with blasts of brass, bursts of electric guitar, and the charisma of Big Sam, a frontman who sings, plays, dances, and involves the audience in everything he does. You don’t just watch a Funky Nation show. You become part of the show, singing along with Big Sam whenever he demands a call-and-response.

A native of New Orleans, Big Sam first rose to fame as a member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose touring schedule kept the young trombonist on the road for 300 days a year. The group performed with bands from all genres, backing up Widespread Panic one minute before sharing the stage with Dave Matthews Band the next. A fan of diverse bands like Parliament Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour, and Prince, Big Sam loved the variety that Dirty Dozen Brass Band offered. He wanted to front his own group, though. He needed to sing, to engage the crowd, to write his own songs. Inspired to chase down that dream, he formed Big Sam’s Funky Nation, reaching out to some of his favorite players from around the Big Easy — including Andrew “Da Phessa” Bayham, Jerry “Jblakk” Henderson, Alfred Jordan and Keenan McRae — to create his own super-group.

“We don’t cater to one demographic,” says Big Sam, rattling off a list of jam band festivals, jazz shows, rock clubs, and funk gigs that his band has played since 2007. “We play music for everybody. It’s not just funk; that’s the foundation, but the music goes from funk to rock to wild jazz. It’s music about love and partying. Everyone can get down with that.”
Aaron Stephens
Aaron Stephens
Born in Illinois and raised in South Texas. 25-year old Aaron Stephens' debut album Hard Times, Straight Lines garnered interest immediately, landing at #9 on Lone Star Music Magazine's Top 10 Americana Albums of 2014 amongst names such as Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. While certainly comfortable performing blues and funk, Stephens' real strength is soul-laden rootsy pop, a crowd-pleasing, genre-bending sound filtered from his many influences, from Stevie Wonder to John Mayer, and Otis Redding to Derek Trucks. Aaron has multiple formats in which he can perform - acoustic solo, duo, or band, and full band trio up to a 6-piece with horns and keys.
Venue Information:
Antone's
305 E 5th Street
Austin, TX, 78701
http://www.antonesnightclub.com/