Ten Ton Chicken is the name of a band from Berkeley, CA. Perhaps one of the most outlandish band names in recent times, but once your hear them, it seems to make a lot more sense. This five-piece unit is definitely heavy and. . . well, I can’t quite say how the Chicken comes into play, but it sure sounds funky… And is it ever.

I slipped on their disc at a party last night and watched from a distance as people began to groove, body parts started to move and bewildered heads turned to ask, “What is this!?”

In today's age of dime a dozen funk bands, Ten Ton Chicken manages to separate themselves from the pack. Sure they integrate a lot of elements we’re all familiar with, but they’re tapped into that “something special.” Coating each morsel of sound with a distinctly delicious flavor. They have written some very clever originals that flow so naturally, they’ll be in your head for the rest of the day, and then some.

Ten Ton Chicken consists of Jamison Reed, pioneering on Sax & Effects, Gary Morrell’s delectable Guitar, Nick Peck funking it out on the Hammond B3, Clavinet, & Wurlitzer, Tom Fejes on Bass and Rich Dibenedetto hitting the Drums, and holding down the juicy bottom. A couple of their songs also have vocals which are very unique and enjoyable. This band is amazingly tight for only being together just over a year. Their commitment to having fun and spreading celebratory vibes has been spilling freely onto Nor. Cal funk-lovers and now the time has come to share it with us, down in the dancehalls of So. Cal.

Here is the information for three upcoming Ten Ton Chicken shows on their maiden voyage to sunny Southern California:

Wednesday, February 6th 14 Below in Santa Monica 3 Sets of TTC (no opener) $5 (available in advance at www.14below.com)

Thursday, February 7th Winston's in San Diego 3 Sets of TTC (early opener: Electrovibe (3-piece groove) $6

Friday, February 8th SLO Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo 2 Sets of TTC (opener is Ouroboros) Grateful Family Productions Presents the show $7

[Published on: 2/1/02]

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