The Folkadelics are anything but a folk band. Led by four-part vocal harmonies, wah-wah mandolin, and beatbox harmonica, The Folkadelics blur funk, reggae, rock, and hip-hop to create a unique sound, brought to life by their high-energy live shows.
The Folkadelics burst into the live music scene in the summer of 2012 with their most extensive tour to date. After kicking off the summer with a sold-out NYC concert cruise, The Folkadelics went on to support shows for The Wailers and Rusted Root, perform at Catskill Chill, Dark Star Jubilee, Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival, Strange Creek Campout, and many more. They celebrated the finale of their tour with a highly-anticipated headlining performance at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The Folkadelics have gone a long way from their roots at Ithaca College. Sam Miller (guitar/vocals/beatbox/harmonica) and Gavin Cummings (mandolin/vocals/guitar) met as students and in 2006 formed Sampson and The Folkadelics, an acoustic folk act. With tunes inspired by late-night jam sessions, the duo begin touring throughout Ithaca and released a self-titled EP in May of 2007.
Later than year the two moved to New York City, where the band soon developed the soulful, funk-driven sound it's become known for today. After adding powerhouse vocalist Danielle Faraone, whose crooning has been compared to that of Gwen Stefani's, the band brought in bass and drums to complete the recipe. As of 2011, bass master Drew Kelly and hard-hitting drummer Tom Barraco are in the pocket, driving the rhythmic machine beneath the band's action-packed live performances.
The Folkadelics are currently in the midst of their fall tour, and set to release their first full-length album, "Not a Folk Album," in the fall of 2012.