Big Sam's Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is "tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!" The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls "the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz." Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band's solos, Big Sam's signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!
"Big Sam's Funky Nation is in rare company as far as their ability to incite a huge dance-a-thon, and their set included his take on "Hard To Handle" and the declaration that Sam is the king of the... party." Wesley Hodges, Jambase
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 in order to keep the show fully charged.
Big Sam is no stranger to the stage, honing his skills at the tender age of 19 with the world renowned Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Since then, he has formed his own band (Big Sam's Funky Nation), toured with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint on their Grammy Nominated "River in Reverse" tour following Hurricane Katrina, has had a recurring role on the acclaimed HBO series "Treme", and has showcased at some of the most popular
national and international music festivals.
BSFN is a proven festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Antibes Jazz Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.
Big Sam's Funky Nation will bring the party to San Francisco, CA on Saturday November 2nd at Red Devil Lounge (Doors at 8:00pm)