MIKE HICKS & THE FUNK PUNCS
7:00pm / doors at 6:00pm
Advance general admission: $10
At the door: $13
Table of 4 reserved seats: $50
The scene: a dark and hazy club, a revered venue, a renowned university, a packed out park, or even a small church in the inner city. No matter the setting, the procedure remains the same. A group of 12 passionate musicians enter the premises smiling on the surface, yet intensely driven internally. Their ethnicities, as well as their backgrounds and current life circumstances, vary. Some of them are tired and frustrated. Others are visually calm, yet focused. All of them, excited for another opportunity. They view themselves as the underdogs with everything to prove.
The Band: Funktional Punctuation, often referred to as the FUNK PUNCS. Led by founder/front-man/keyboardist/songwriter, MIKE HICKS, the Funk Puncs are comprised of a tight, funky rhythm section (Eric Ramey – bass, Andy Jones – guitar, Brandon Newsome – percussion, Bernard Bell – drums, “Maestro” Lightford – keyboards/Musical Director), a dynamic horn section (Kevin Matthews – Tenor Sax, Cord Martin – Alto Sax, Joe Jordan – Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Casey Lowrance – Trombone), and wildly energetic vocalists (Kyle Hicks, LaSheena Allgood). Founded in 2008, the Funk Puncs have been labeled everything from Resurgent Soul to Gospeldelic; however, Mike tends to lend only two labels to the music that they create—good music and life music. The influence of soul pioneers Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Al Green, and others is unmistakable as is the influence of modern soul masters, D’Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, and The Roots; yet the homage paid to them is intentional. The subject matter ranges from everyday scenarios, to social and political commentary, to a relevant and unending pursuit of God beyond religious catchphrases.
The Result: The Funk Puncs deliver a well-constructed, yet spontaneous show that has been lauded by the Nashville Scene as “entrancing”. It is unapologetically hopeful and positive. The music is a reflection of who they are individually and collectively. They are the Funk Puncs.