Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
Funk has a new spokes band, and that band is Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. Known for their raucous live shows and outrageous stage wear, the Booty Band’s sound is a mix of deep funk, high energy rock, plus a little old school rap and soul thrown in for good measure.
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band formed in 2002 and went through a few incarnations before culminating into the dynamic ensemble it is today. Mary Frances “Mama Funk” creates a sultry platform for her keyboard and keytar playing with her powerhouse vocals. Laying down the bottom is Al Al “Sweet Nasty” Ingram on bass and vocals and Derrick “Dr Ock” Johnson on trombone. JP “Smoke Machine” Miller soars on guitar, and Lee “Insta Funk” Allen drives it all forward on drums. The five-piece funk rock outfit fuels their high-energy show with original compositions, triumphant horns, laid-back grooves and heavy backbeats.
In 2007, Booty Band released Now You Know, named album of the year by Home Grown Music Network, which also crowned the band its Band of the Year. The down and dirty album Doin’ It Hard came out in 2012 and was designated a top regional album by WNCW-FM, an influential Triple A radio station broadcasted across three states. Doin’ It Hard was followed by the totally funked-up remix Re-Doin’ It Hard.
On October 22nd, 2013, the Booty Band will release their edgiest album yet. Onward! was recorded in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Recording Studio and engineered by Julian Dreyer (The Avett Brothers, Smashing Pumpkins). The album features eight tracks of intergalactic funk goodness with guest percussion by Mike Dillon (Les Claypool, Galactic, Garage A Trois). “Trunk Fallin’ Off”, the first single from the release, is a hard hitting tribute to classic rap and hip-hop. Al Al and JP spit lyrics over synthesized beats while Mary Frances holds down the hook. With a tip of the hat to old school hip-hop, the band pairs “Trunk Fallin’ Off” with an official video filmed at Atlanta, GA’s famed Clermont Lounge. Other standout tracks include “Let Me In,” where silky horn lines build into a driving psychedelic jam that give way to JP’s dirty guitar solo. “The Den” which splashes ambient jam themes with instrumental funk, and “Ante Up” which features the band’s resident Mama Funk on vocals. The sexy groove driven track will lure you onto the dance floor to bump up with someone special.
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band has rubbed elbows on stage with classic purveyors of the funk like Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins and have ventured into new territory with modern funksters The New Mastersounds and Orgone.
Never abandoning the call of duty, Booty Band is spreading the gospel of funk throughout the country by playing an average of 150 shows per year. They have proven themselves to be a staple in the live music festival circuit by whipping fans into dancing frenzies at Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Jam Cruise, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Aura Fest, Floyd Fest, DeLuna Festival, Jazz Aspen, Center of the Universe Festival, Purple Hatters Ball, Camp Barefoot, Trinumeral and more. For years the Booty Band has been a mainstay at their hometown’s Bele Chere Festival, the largest free outdoor festival in the Southeast that’s historically drawn over 350,000 attendees
The Funky Presidents
In two short years, The Funky Presidents have taken the reigns of the Funk community in Florida with little resistance. Screaming horns and deep pocket grooves lay the very foundation for this fantastic Funk revolution. Founded in 2010 by drummer Jeff Carruth, and Saxophonist Eric Christian, The Funky Presidents, or The Prez for short, embarked on a mission to find the funksters and spent the fir
st year searching far and wide for the "perfect" lineup. That lineup was realized when organist Andrew Rice, and guitarist Roland Simmons joined the ranks, soon followed by bass man Alex Ceserani. With Clay "Fry Daddy" Watson on the Trombone and Bunky Garrabrant on the trumpet, this group of Otown Titans are sure to put you on the Mothership for good!
The SH-BOOMS didn't come from the soul entrenched streets of the motor city, otherwise known as Detroit, but that same heart and soul has found its way to the sun filled land of Orlando where their current lineup formed in May 2011.
Al "The Thump" Ruiz conjured up this Soul Enterprise after leaving a previous garage pop act. Reaching for something new, he turned to the music he grew up listening to with the 'rents. Mom and Pops grew up in the soul scenes of both Chicago, Illinois and New Haven, Connecticut during the 60's - both hotbeds for talented Soul and Doo Wop groups. They traveled frequently going to record hops, even gracing the stages of Connecticut Bandstand and American Bandstand with their dance moves. All these stories (and a stunning vinyl collection to boot) sent "The Thump" on a soul-inspired journey in pursuit of new players and ideas he had never approached before.
Al "The Thump" Ruiz writes all the songs/arrangments and brings the thump on the bass. Emily "The Chirp" Patterson leads the troop with her powerhouse vocals backed by Kris" The Vocal Temptress" Osbourne. The percussion section is headed up by Kevin "The Skin Blaster" Connolly and Tyson "The Bod" Bodiford on congas/auxillary. The growlers are Samson Derrer on Alto Sax and Joe Meadows on trumpet. Earl "The Spark Jiver" Hoback tickles the 88's whileTony "El Matador" Aguirre is on the belly fiddle busting rhythm. And rounding it all out, Davis "Twinkle Toes" Schleicher is on lead guitar.
On June 6th, The Sh-Booms made their debut at Will's Pub in Orlando, Florida. The event featured 2 Soul ensembles and a set of DJ's spinning loads of vinyl from obscure 60's Soul,Doo Wop, Blues to the jams that we all know and love. An immediate write-up in the cities prominent Orlando Weekly, cited the event "...or you can just take artist development into your own hands like Orlando Retro-Soul group, the Sh-Booms, who made quite the debut splash that same night (Will's Pub). Looking and living the part, they take Doo Wop and Soul-Pop back to the grand showmanship days of coordinated wardrobe and dance moves. With piano, sax and especially the powerhouse pipes of singer Emily Patterson, they render classic splendor in extravagant fullness. It's hard to get too hung up on a band's regressiveness when it hits all the sweet spots like they do. And with the currently burgeoning interest in the timeless purity of oldies pop, the Sh-Booms could be the city's next good party band. One thing that's clear is that they spent time honing themselves before stepping out. A little more ensemble finessing and they'll be well on their way to Steeze City..." - Orlando Weekly - Bao Le Huu
The spin off from the event was an offer to play the prestigious Orlando Weekly's 'Best Of' Awards the following month. Ever since, The Sh-Booms have played a slew of shows from the big stages of Hard Rock Live - Hard Rocks 50th Anniversary Show: Main Stage - to opening for a variety of national acts at The Social, Will's Pub, and The Peacock Room, as other well known venues around the state.
The Sh-Booms current objective is to take 2013 by the horns in order to make it their transitional year. With a limited edition colored vinyl on the way, a grandiose music video produced by Mangrove Films for their single '123!', and countless show opportunities... the future looks bright, indeed!