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“Fred Thomas of the J.B.’s”

Performing the music of James Brown & more!

Saturday, May 28th, 2022

Charleston Pour House Main Stage

8pm Doors/9pm Show

Tickets – $20 Advance/$25 Day of Show

“Fred Thomas of the J.B.’s”

Fred Thomas occupies a very special niche in the history R&B. As James Brown’s principal bassist since 1971 (the “Make if Funky” era), he participated in one the most prolific periods in the Godfather of Soul’s incredible career as a member of Brown’s band, the J.B.’s.

Fred can be heard on hits such as: “Hot Pants”, “Papa Don’t Take No Mess,” “Make it Funky,” “Get on the Good Foot,” “Doing it to Death,” “I’m a Greedy Man,” “I Got Ants in My Pants,” “There it Is,” “Stoned to the Bone,” and instrumental classics like “Pass the Peas” and “Gimme Some More.” His lines heard on songs like Bobby Byrd’s “I Know You Got Soul”, Lyn Collin’s “Think” have been sampled numerous times.

He’s on the seminal “Live at the Apollo Vol. 3 Revolution of the Mind” and can be seen in “Soul Power” (2008) documentary of James Brown’s 1974 concert in Zaire, and in the many James Brown “Soul Train” appearances.

In his band, Fred Thomas is front and center singing, playing bass and tearing into a mix of blues and soul classics and the JB hits he recorded on. He recently released his single “For a Lick and a Promise” and is working on a full length album.

Fred Thomas of the J.B.’s bass, vocals

Funky Leroy Harper, alto sax, keys (James Brown Band)

Gabriel Caplan, guitar (Fred Thomas guitarist, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Michael Cerveris, Carlton Jumel Smith)

Kaori Kiki Nakajima, tenor sax (Japan live bands for Ben E. King, The Stylistics, Three Degrees)

Chris St. Hilaire, drums (London Souls)

+ special guest horns from the James Brown Band