CK9 and the Old E Allstars' music arrived on Pittsburgh's music scene in Jan. 2005, and since then they have established themselves as the band that will get the party jumpin'. Whether laying down Slammin' funk grooves mixed with soulful melodies or Smoothing it out with syrupy sweet R&B joints, the Allstars keep the crowd moving all night long.
Boasting a roster that runs deep with seasoned players, CK9 and the Old E Allstars was formed by Chris Kratt in December of 2004. The six piece ensemble consists of Chris Kratt "CK9" on vocals and rhythm guitar, Kyle Lawson on vocals and lead guitar, Bassist Tony "T-Funk" Thomas, Drummer Dave Varasse, Percussionist/backing vocalist Mark McCall and Taki Batis, aka "Big Tyke Love" on keys.
Kratt and McCall had previously worked together in several bands including, well-known Pittsburgh jam band Pied Piper. The pair toured with Pied Piper sharing the stage with some of the jam band worlds most reckognized names; Dark Star Orchestra, ekoostik hookah, and The Derek Trucks Band, among others. Prior to joining the Allstars, Lawson, Thomas and Varasse had been playing as the blues trio Spin Cycle. Taki Batis, a relative newcomer to the Pittsburgh funk scene, adds the missing ingredient that pushes the Allstars' head-nodding grooves into the realm of Cosmic Soul Funk.
CK9 and the Old E Allstars have also graced Pittsburgh's most elite stages and events. From the get-go CK9 and the Old E Allstars has had the pleasure and oppurtunity to work with the folks from Pittsburgh's City Paper opening doors to city wide events. The band has the pleasure to say they were the first band to headline Pittsburgh City Paper's monthly music event Sound Kitchen, and also performed at Pittsburgh's Southside Works Concert Series both to rave reviews. They have also played Pittsburgh's premiere national venues as well; Hard Rock Cafe, Mr. Smalls Theatre, Club Cafe, and the Rex Theatre.
The group has always loved to play for new crowds and began hitting the road heavily, playing festivals and venues throughout the tri-state region. The group's debut album "Funk In Your Hand" was released in the fall of 2006, featuring a mixture of funk and R&B jams. With CD in hand, the next stop for the Allstars is heavy touring in support of the album. Look for us at a venue near you and don't forget...
Ain't no party like and OLD E party cause an OLD E party don't stop!!!