Michael Morrow and Twentyfirst Centurians are a powerfunk jamband from Philadelphia with a unique, yet familiar sound that captivates, moves and engages the most discerning fans. Led by veteran psychedelic guitarist Michael Morrow, the group affectionately known as "21 Cents" rests on the bomb-ass pocket of drummer Gerald Williams and the amazing Ryan Hickey on bass keys/organ. Described by a fan as "...like Soulive with Garcia sitting in at Maceo's birthday party..." MM and 21 Cents are one of the most talked about and upcoming jam acts on the East Coast. Last Spring they were voted winners of Relix Jam-Off Contest 2009, and was also featured on the RELIX compilation disc and in the September edition. A Rochester NY promoter told the crowd at his recent festival "...see this band now, right before they make it..."
Main man Michael Morrow has remained a sought after touring guitarist and vocalist, performing across the US for over a decade, working with touring acts like Living Earth (Relix), Mystic Rebel, Ihi Yahn Ihi Arkestra (Inity) and Slide (Ikon). Michael also recently produced music for developing artists like Funk Church, Shan Egan, TV music for Phila based firm St. Lewes Productions, voice-over sessions and also placed songs in the award winning film "No Boundaries". Brookyn drummer Gerald Williams spent years with Mark Furman Band and provides the most killer grooves imaginable. But even with those three big hitters, the notable member is brilliant keyboardist Ryan Hickey, who does a magical job of whipping up sticky funky bass lines with his left hand and soulful organ with his right. The band has been recieving rave reviews for it's unique and power packed jam funk approach and catchy, street wise songs.
With a funky new CD release "Get The Keys" and a busy schedule, the Centurians hit the road bringing the sticky, Phila style funk and a spiraling, improvisational style that stay true to their Jam roots. Imagine Garcia sitting in with Soulive at Maceo's b-day party. Michael and 21 Cents take the party to another level with dirty powerfunk, superb singing, great songs, and inspired jams till dawn. Spending the past two months in the top ten of the Jambands.com Jam 250, the band took it's groove on the road this Summer, performing July 4-5 Gratefulfest at Nelson Ledges OH, then Musefest Ithaca NY in Aug and Sept 18-19 at Wormtown Festival in Mass. Incredibly, in October they will perform at the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock Concert in San Fransisco at Golden Gate Park, a huge free event produced by original 1969 promoter Artie Kornfeld in front of a crowd of many thousands. After performing together for less than a year, the group is already touring the West Coast, releasing a follow up CD in Sept 2010 and will perform with U-Melt, Rubblebucket Orchestra, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Jsan and the Analogue Sons, Ray Manzarek Band, Al Ameda All Stars, Country Joe, Barry Melton, Leslie West, Chambers Brothers, Denny Lane, Mutron Warriors, Nautilus, Free Booty Institute, and Jimkata.