The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown:
Embodying the best of music’s past and future, The Big Ol Nasty Getdown is a funk-fueled freaky time-
machine of melodious mayhem.
The concept first came to founder John Heintz during a late night jam session at a festival in Colorado.
Aiming to record and capture the vibe and spontaneity of a festival style improve jam session, the
brigade took it to the studio in New Orleans in December of 2007. Heintz and his partners, Frank
Mapstone and John-Paul Miller brought together 35 musicians from 20 of the hottest bands on the
scene for their first gathering. In a matter of days, the first 8 songs were written and recorded. During
these initial days, the groundwork was laid down to build a collaboration that over a decade has grown
into one of the largest musical collaborations in history.
The core group which also includes vocalist Rev. Desmond D’Angelo, and horn players, Derrick Johnson
and Greg Hollowell, knew the idea of taking the project on the road was irresistible. After 10 years of
being predominantly a studio project, the gang is finally taking it to the stage. Pulling a rotating cast of
musicians from their massive alumni, each show unique and takes the crowd and band on an
unexpected fun filled musical journey.
Since the band’s inception, many legendary artists have been a part of studio and/or live performances.
Some of these include members of Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic,
Sly & The Family Stone, Jane’s Addiction, Earth, Wind & Fire, Living Colour, 311, Taylor Dayne,
Derek Trucks Band, James Brown Band, Fishbone, War, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Trulio
Disgracias, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The Meters, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk,
Blackalicious, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kool and the Gang, Mudvayne, Bill Wither’s Band, Sexual
Chocolate Band and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. You never quite know who you are going to
see at a live show, but one thing is certain; you will GETDOWN!
April B and the Cool:
April B. & The Cool is a soulful concoction of heavy and light and rock and funk and jazz and folk and everything in between. We mean hypnotic; we mean casting a spell over an audience that will leave them on their feet cheering or stunned into rapturous silence. We mean “cool,” like April B. and her kickass band.” Vincent Harris, Greenville Journal
“Expressive vocals and impressive guitar work are just part of what makes April B. & the Cool special. Drawing from hip-hop, soul, rhythm and blues, funk, rock, soul, jazz and reggae, April Bennett puts it all together in sultry and alluring fashion. The band features players familiar to Asheville audiences — members of The Marcus King Band, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band often turn up — but Bennett is the undisputed star of the show.” – Bill Kopp, Mountain XpressAbout:
“There’s no way to pigeonhole Asheville’s April B. & The Cool. What I heard pouring off the Taproom Stage crossed genres that include R&B, hip hop, soul, jazz, reggae and rock. It’s alternative everything. Led by multi-instrumentalist April Bennett and a rotating stable of talented area musicians including guitarist JP Miller and trombonist Derrick Johnson, both from Asheville’s Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, bassist John Durham and drummer Joshua “Forte” Joyner; April B. & The Cool had us dancing to jazz, a heady genre normally reserved for older hipsters sipping vodka tonics in cramped dark clubs. Didn’t think that was possible, but April’s stunning, sensuous voice and expert guitar licks gave us no other choice.”
Henry + The Invisibles:
“THE ONE MAN FUNK BAND” aka Henry Roland loops and layers vocal harmonies, funk guitar, bass grooves, soulful keyboards, drum machines and percussion to create original high energy dance music that sounds like a solid 5-piece funk ensemble.
Based in Austin TX, Henry + The Invisibles have played a solid role in the funk scene both local and national. Having performed at venues and festivals around the country, H+TI is creating quite a buzz for himself and is best known for his electrifying dance-party-style live performances with a message of love and peace.