Big Sam’s Funky Nation at Momo’s, 9/12
Austin may be typecast as an oasis of hippies and liberals, but this city can’t deny its Deep South affiliations. Requisite of such southern roots is an appreciation for blues, the musical grandfather of R&B and Rock n’ Roll. Whether you’re a newcomer or an Austin native, it is the perfect time to cultivate these roots if you haven’t already. So turn down the Phish and make it out to Momo’s this Saturday for Big Sam’s Funky Nation, probably the most celebrated new funk outfit on either side of the Mason-Dixon.
The Independent describes BSFN as “tight,” proclaiming that “Even in New Orleans, you don’t usually find funk bands as brassy, brass bands as funky, or brass-funk bands as jazzy as Big Sam’s Funky Nation.” This fiery young(under 30) ensemble has impressed critics from the San Francisco Bay to Palm Beach with their rousing party sound, MC-style call and response, and unrivaled technical and musical prowess. Hailing from Louisiana, the very birthplace of blues, BSFN is a sextet led by trombonist Sammie “Big Sam” Williams, who has been anointed the leader of a growing trombone revival and boasts the resume to match – Williams was recruited while still a teenager to play and tour with Louisiana’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band, went on to play with Widespread Panic, and toured for a couple of years with Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello. Alongside Big Sam are trumpet player Adam “Da Phessah” Baham (who also sings and dances New Orleans ‘second lines’ with Williams), guitarist Casey Robinson, bassist Eric Vogel, keyboardist Adam Matasar, and drummer (Chocolate) MILK. Together they deliver some face-blastingly good music, so go get your funk on this Saturday at Momo’s!
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