Joe Marcinek Band is an ever evolving mixture of original compositions and incredible musicians. Each show has a slightly different lineup and interpretation. The music is a blend of jazz and funk with a cerebral emphasis on groove and improvisation.
Recently the Joe Marcinek Band performed for former president Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative at the Field Museum in Chicago. The group has featured many prominent guests including Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk, Dave Mathews & Friends), Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin), Allen Aucoin (the Disco Biscuits), Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Erik “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Borham Lee (Break Science), Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh & Friends / Particle) Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What), Fareed Haque, Scott Metzger, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy) Garrett Sayers (The Motet) Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Freekbass, Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin (moe.)
Yonrico Scott’s professional career began at age seven. With the encouragement of his late mother Ruth Scott, a talented gospel vocalist, he began performing with several gospel groups in Detroit Michigan. When he was 14, Yonrico began private study with Motown drummer George Hamilton. During his freshman year at Kentucky State University, he was voted, ‘Drummer of the Year.’ He transferred to the University of Kentucky to study with Dave Davenport, Professor of Percussion and Principal Timpanist of the Lexington Philharmonic. Yonrico’s musical accomplishments continued throughout college, and he received a B.A. in Performance Percussion in 1978.
In 1979, Yonrico accepted an Artist in Residency assignment in Atlanta, GA, with The Neighborhood Arts Center’s Department of Cultural Affairs. He soon became one of Atlanta’s most sought-after studio drummers. Since 1995, Yonrico has been touring with the Derek Trucks Band (DTB) – a Sony Music Entertainment artist with recent television appearances on prominent television shows. Since their self-titled debut CD was released on Landslide Records in October 1997, the band has released six additional recordings. The DTB has headlined the popular ‘Blues Cruise’ and ‘Jam Cruise,’ and completed multiple tours in Japan & Europe. They’ve opened for and performed with artists BB King, Eric Clapton, Santana, Buddy Guy, Joe Satriani, John Popper, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Gregg Allman and Friends, Gov’t Mule, Leftover Salmon, Taj Mahal, Little Milton, Mavis Staples, and Otis Rush.
Throughout his musical career, Yonrico has recorded and/or performed with a Who’s Who list of well-known artists. Most recently, he has collaborated with The Ying Yang Twins and Outkast. Other notable artists include Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Chuck Berry, George Howard, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Joshua Redman, George Benson, Anita Baker, Tinsley Ellis, The Allman Brothers Band, Susan Tedeschi, Kansas, John Scofield, Bruce Hampton, Cecil Bridgewater, Alvin Batiste, Gary Burton, Fiji Mariners, Andrew White, Gregg Allman, John Denver, Ben E. King, The 3 Degrees, The Supremes, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh, The Lexington Philharmonic, and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Yonrico’s Broadway tour performances include The Wiz, 5 Guys Named Moe, and Dream Girls. Yonrico’s endorsements include Pearl Drums, Ziljian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, LP Percussion, and Everyone’s Drumming.
Since the 1980’s to the Present, Yonrico has enjoyed working with composers and arrangers for a multitude of commercial recordings for advertising/ commercials, jingles, and individual songs. Composers have included Bill Meyers, Jim Ellis, Jack Turner, and Steve Holts. One of the more important recordings of this nature, was working with Producer, Tim McCabe, to collaborate with Ray Charles to re-record Georgia’s State Song, “Georgia On My Mind.”
Hammond B3 virtuoso Ike Stubblefield is a music industry legend. With almost 50 years in the business, you may think he’s seen and done it all, but he’s just getting started.
He cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. He lent his soulful R&B style to Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, B.B. King, The Pointer Sisters and George Benson, and helped create the classic B3 sound that others would imitate for generations to come. In 2010, he collaborated with Grammy-winning Atlanta soul man Cee Lo Green, recording organ and keyboards on 9 tracks.
These days, the B3 icon and mini-Moog master stays busy jamming with Papa Mali in New Orleans, rocking with Big Hat in Nashville and producing out of his Atlanta studio. Drawing from his recent time with the Derek Trucks Band and years on the road as a musician-for-hire, Stubblefield is finding his true passion collaborating with old friends and bringing the loose ends of an illustrious career together on his new project, The Ike Stubblefield Trio.
“I’m combining all elements of my 46 years of playing,” said Stubblefield. “My style’s kind of all over the place so it’s not a jam band, or jazz or funk necessarily, but it has all those elements.”
Stubblefield’s craft and ingenuity on the keys landed him a plethora of jobs within the music field. Always busy with a new project, his career twists and turns have involved writing and scoring music for commercials, TV shows and film; founding clubs in Vancouver, Toledo and Atlanta; and performing as one of the world’s premier organ players.
“The B3 organ at the hands of a player like Ike Stubblefield becomes a force of nature,” one reviewer wrote following his headlining of the 2011 Savannah Music Festival.
A fixture of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in the early 1970s, Stubblefield broadened his sound to fit the rock stylings of Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Rod Stewart and Boz Scaggs. His reputation as a musician’s musician ensured his spot at the top of industry insiders’ lists of the most sought-after supporting band mates.
After traveling the world as a performing artist, Stubblefield took to the studio in 1976, producing, composing and writing songs with the likes of Phil Spector and Quincy Jones. Other world-famous collaborators would include Jim Capaldi of Traffic and singer-songwriter/guitarist Larry Lee.
Following 13 years of studio work through the 80s, Stubblefield spent much of the 90s performing in jazz clubs across the Pacific Northwest like Vancouver’s The Purple Onion and Seattle’s Jazz Alleywith his band Is Not Was. After relocating to Atlanta in 2001, he Packed folks in at The Roxy, Variety Playhouse and The Dogwood Festival.
After 10 years of fighting with Cancer , Ike’s back up and running stronger than ever..kicking off 2012 with a new CD, featuring 5, new 2012 Grammy winners performing on it, and he himself performing on 29 Cd’s last year CeeLo, Jimmy Herring and most recent Ruthie Foster”s “Let It Burn” to name a few..
2013 Ike has been Headling major theaters such as The Georgia Theater, The Orange Peel.etc.. and major festivals,New Orleans Jazz Festival, Savannah Jazz Fest., Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest. to name a few.. and countless Special guest appearances with Friends such as The Warren Haynes Band, Widespread Panic, Gov.Mule. Zac Brown, Derek Trucks, The Allman Bros. Jimmy Herring and many others…
But no matter the job, Stubblefield continues to earn accolades from his peers and critics alike.
Ike Stubblefied is more than just a performer, he’s an artist in the true sense of the word, and whether writing, producing or composing, he is always working to perfect his art.
Donna Hopkins is the real deal. Born and raised on an Alabama farm, Donna witnessed hardship first hand, channeling it into the soulful music that she creates and performs. Music runs in her family; her mother performed rock and roll in go-go boots and miniskirts and her grandfather was a fine musician in his own right. Following in their footsteps, Donna is a consummate seasoned performer with many songs and performances under her belt, and has opened for or shared the stage with such luminaries as Col. Bruce Hampton, Derek Trucks, Francine Reed, Joe Bonamassa, Emily Saliers (The Indigo Girls), Stevie Wonder, and Robert Cray (to name just a few).
As much at home in an intimate listening venue as she is on a giant festival stage, Donna Hopkins performs both solo and accompanied by the perfectly seasoned group of musicians who make up the Donna Hopkins Band, and is always a crowd pleaser.
“She’s her own woman with equal parts John Lee Hooker and Billy Gibbons, and a dash of Jimmie Vaughan and Robin Trower circa Bridge of Sighs.” – Georgia Music Magazine
“Donna Hopkins is a force of nature.” – Rob Johnson, Hittin’ the Note