The Greasy Beats
The sounds of 100% straight up funk and soul will be reverberating around the Bay Area as the Los Angeles based all-star funky music machine The Greasy Beats makes it Northern California debut Friday April 21st at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, and Saturday April 22nd at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco.

The Greasy Beats hail from Los Angeles and features some of the most respected, in-demand young musicians in Southern California. Every individual in this funky gang of musicians has made their mark on the music scene. Members have performed/recorded with such notable bands/artists as the Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Cake, Mos Def, Cut Chemist, Money Mark, Jason Mraz, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, The Breakestra, Melvin Sparks, DJ Logic and Jive to name a few. Also many notable stars of the jam band and acid-jazz/funk scene have sat-in or appeared as a guest with The GBs, including Chris Stillwell, Mike Andrews and Robert Walter (of the Greyboy Allstars), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Cheme Gastelum (20th Congress), Brian Jordan (KDTU), Steve Molitz (Particle), Sam Kininger (Soulive) and most recently rocker Slash (Gun's n' Roses).

The Greasy Beats have forged a rough and raw approach to funk that is reminiscent of The JB's, The Meters, P-Funk and the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Lead by Bay Area born saxophonist Joel Bowers, The Greasy Beats have firmly established their reputation as the hardest working funk band in Southern California with successful extended residences at both the world famous Roxy Theatre in Hollywood and the Temple Bar in Santa Monica. "The formula is simple," says Bowers "Put some of the best musicians on the same stage, with the common goal of making the music funky as hell!" He continues, "All of us in the band have a deep respect for the genre of funk music, and what makes things innately funky. As Bootsy Collins said, "You can't fake the funk!" and the Greasy Beats take that statement to heart. Our goal as a band is to represent our funk forefathers, and continue to develop and refine that groove."

The line-up for The Greasy Beats shows include Mixmaster Wolf (of the Breakestra) on vocals, Chuck Prada (20th Congress, Black Eyed Peas, Fully-Loaded) on percussion, Mike Fratantuno (Black Eyed Peas, 20th Congress) on bass, Pete McNeal (Breakestra, Cake, Mike Doughty) on drums, Arlan Schierbaum (MamaSutra, Pointer Sisters) on keys, Ross Grant (Jem, Pseudopod) on guitar, Jordan Katz (Rainbow Trout, Leo Nocentelli, Zen Tricksters) on trumpet, and band leader Joel Bowers (Quantic, Jive, Money Mark) on tenor saxophone.

So tell all your funky friends to shake that thang down to MOE'S and the BOOM BOOM ROOM and get down to the heavy syncopations of THE GREASY BEATS live and direct!

"For The Greasy Beats, when it comes to getting' down, James Brown is the ground!"

Tour Dates:

Friday, April 21st | Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way | Santa Cruz |
Doors at 8:00 PM, show at 10:00 PM
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show

Saturday, April 22nd | Boom Boom Room
1601 Fillmore St. | San Francisco |
Doors at 8:00 PM, show at 10:00 PM
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of the show


[Published on: 4/7/06]

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