Big Sam's Funky Nation is notorious for starting a relentless "NOLAdelic" funk party in every city that the band touches down in. A masterful blend of funk, rock, hip-hop, jazz and R&B captivates the audience while the powerful brass harmonies of the trombone and trumpet bring the groove to a different level. Big Sam Williams flaunts an electric stage presence while singing, dancing, and playing his horn in order to keep the show fully charged.
Taking as inspiration bands like "Golden Gate Quartet", "Soul Stirrers", or "The Blind Boys of Alabama", among many others, BY THE GOSPEL RIVER is composed by very experienced singers (all of them liders of their own bands and directors of choirs) proposing original compositions arrangements from classics of Nigro Spirituals and Gospel. By The Gospel River invites to get on board to the Gospel "Get on Board" and they make a journey through a rootless people through great standards as "Go Down Moses", "Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child", etc ... No matter what your origins and belives are, for sure you won’t remain insensitive to your heart. Their second album brings many great special guests, including Rhoda Scott, Jean Jacques Milteau ...
A decade evolved from their debut at 2003's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk offers fans an unforgettable live experience steeped in the Big Easy tradition of a good time. The quintet features Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals.
FUNKYSTEP started in 2006 as a septet with the objective of paying tribute to the big names of Black Music and started to tour across all the Catalan geography, standing out their show at the Voll Damm Festival de Jazz in Vic. In 2009 Kathy & Yolanda Sey, the 2 sisters of the original singer Edna Sey, joined the band, re-naming it to FUNKYSTEP & THE SEY SISTERS and offering a show more focused on vocals, with a very extroverted and expansive choreographies, and a Soul, Groove & Funk repertoire. In 2012 they record their first EP in this format and continue touring around city parties, Festivals and clubs, increasing their number of followers wherever they go, highlightingtheir shows at Poble Espanyol and Luz de Gas in Barcelona, Black Music Festival in Girona, Jazzhivern in Andorra and bringing their show out of Catalonia, specifically to Madrid and Toledo.
With her endlessly soulful voice, richly emotional songwriting, and undeniable style, Mia Borders embodies the spirit of her hometown, New Orleans, Louisiana. She is heralded locally and nationally as one of New Orleans’ best talents. The Times-Picayune described her as “confident and cool,” while USA Today characterized both Borders and her music as “deeply funky.”
Moya Kalongo is a band that plays Afro-Funk, a very popular style in Paris, London and New York but in which they are the pioneers in Spain, mixing the unique sound of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat and the outstanding James Brown’s Funk & Soul, along with multiple influences that go from Miles Davis Jazz to the traditional sounds of the North of Mozambique, from where Simonal Bie is, their charismatic leader on stage.
The Stooges Brass Band has earned their rank as one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans. The band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.
When you talk about "doo-wop", a song is worth more than a thousand words: RamaLama-DingDong, Blue Moon or Do you love me? They are examples that this unknown musical style is part of the popular imaginary of many generations.
Fifty years after The Platters or The Temptations lead Billboard lists around the world, dudua has a proper name: The Velvet Candles started thir path at the beginning of 2008 singing acapella in the streets of Barcelona.
The vocal quintet from Barcelona offers a straight show, easy to enjoy and unforgettable. Their repertoire, both acapella or with the backing band, brings together classical songs of the genre and self-composed tunes, in a show full of rithm, virtuosity and good vibrations.
Their journey has lead them to clubs and festivals in Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands or Finland. They have been the backing band of many American signers from the 50’s & 60’s, like Tommy Hunt (Flamingos), Gaynel Hodge (Platters) or Norman Fox (Rob Roys), and also of the most outstanding Rock’n’Roll artists. Recently, they participated in the last record form Loquillo, ‘Código Rocker’, putting their voices to the service of great classics like ‘Piratas’.
To date there’s only one record from the band in the street, issued by El Toro Records in 2010 under the title of ‘The Story of Our Love’, but they are already working in their new record.
Soon we’ll be able to enjoy them in many international festivals: Rhythm& Riot (UK) in November, BCN Hayride (Barcelona) in December, Rockin’ Race Jamboree (Torremolinos) in February, The Jukin’ 50’s (Germany) in May, Screamin’ Festival (Spain) in June, Feel the 50’s (The NEtherlands) in July and Summer Jamboree (Italy) in August.
Clara Luna, Laia Fortià and Gemma Abrié are 3 representatives of the new and abundant generation of musicians from the catalán músical panorama, but above all they are women with a great spirit, talent and a long and solid trajectory. Their friendship and the different projects they share have put them toghether and, without any doubt, they have joined forces to take a new musical challenge: be able to sing and play an instrument simultaneously. So, appart from singing, Clara gets behind the piano, the instrumento for which she took classical training, and Gemma behind the double bass, the instrument that long ago seduced her; and Laia, apart from playing drums, she dares with some vocals that are added to Clara’s and Gemma’s. From the merge of this inquisitiveness appears a solid, daring, sensible and attractive proposal in all senses, in which converge different styles like jazz, bossanova, soul or pop through self-made arrangements."
Taller de Gospel appears in Barcelona in 1997 as the result of the junction of a crazy group for Gospel, New Orleans music and all the afroamernican tradition. The target of Taller de Gospel was from the beginning to make the people know and make Gospel popular, but after, this target got extended with other disciplines related with this rich cultural product, the fusion of the african and european cultures in a strage territory for both of them, America.