The FUNK Experience:
With one foot rooted deep in the foundations of Funk history, and the other planted firmly around a fire ignited by the desire to fulfill the legacy of Funkadelic, The FUNK Experience is here to restore and refresh the music of Funkadelic and more. Welcoming fans that span generations to join these torchbearers, in their quest to generate excellence, excitement, and fun in the unheralded genre of music called, FUNK!
Comprised of Funkadelic’s founding member, Billy Bass Nelson, Gary “Mudbone” Cooper (P-Funk, Booty’s Rubber Band, Sly Fox, Dave Stewart), and Tracey “Spacey T” Singleton (Fishbone, Mother’s Finest, Soundbarrier), along with special guests to be announced. The FUNK Experience unites the talents of world class musicians whose careers span over 50 years of music history.
Nelson has long exemplified his skills in identifying musical talent, which can be traced back to the genesis of Funkadelic in 1967. After recording a demo for “Testify,” a top 10 hit for the group who was known then as “The Parliaments,” Nelson soon began gathering talent around him to finish out the sound, inviting Eddie Hazel on guitar, and Ramon Tiki Fulwood on drums to become the 3-piece band that Nelson named “The Funkadelics.” Two years later, the band’s first LP Funkadelic was released, bending ears and minds across the planet. Prior to the release of this groundbreaking record, the synthesis of funk and psychedelic genres had not yet been conjured. Embarking on an unprecedented journey, the members of Funkadelic forged a new sound; Bernie Worrell and Tal Ross joined the band, and the sound that was Funkadelic took on a life of its own.
Now over 50 years later, Nelson’s contribution to the genre of funk and music history is groundbreaking in its own right, and becomes legendary in his list of collaborations with, Motown, Chairman of the Board, The Commodores, The Temptations, Parliament, George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars, Gary “Mudbone” Cooper and many others. Nelson received his first major recognition for his contribution to music when he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2019, he was bestowed the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for Pioneering, and his “Creative contribution” of outstanding works in the field of recording.
Alongside Nelson is songwriter, vocalist. producer, drummer, Gary “Mudbone” Cooper, whose career spans from the mid 70s, as front ground vocalist of Bootsy’s Rubber Band , and his debut on Parliaments (Gold plus album), “Chocolate City” adding extended dimensions to P-Funk vocals, as well as drums on quite a few of the classic hits, “P Funk Wants to Get Funked Up”, “Aqua Boogie”, “Atomic Dog”, to name a few. He still performs through today. Mudbone is most widely recognized for the classic “I’d Rather Be With You,” co-written and originally recorded with Bootsy Collins. One of the most sampled songs of all time. “I’d Rather Be With You” has been used by the likes of Dr. Dre, NWA, Beyoncé Knowles album “Dangerously in Love,” Snoop Dogg in the film “Baby Boy,” Sugababes, Adina Howard in “Freak Like Me,” and in 2018, Childish Gambino’s Grammy Award Winning hit titled, “REDBONE” in which Mudbone has been awarded for a 4xs Platinum hit by BMI, and the RIAA. The song has proven to be a significant milestone in the history of Funk and R&B music, and a major cornerstone in Hip Hop. Mudbone has collaborated with many of the Music Industries leading artists, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Prince, Babyface, Mtume, Dave Stewart, Annie Lennox, Bob Dylan, Bono (U2), Brian May (Queen), Jimmy Cliff, Bill Laswell, The Ramones, Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker of Cream, Roger and Zapp, Q-Tip, Roy Ayers and more. His Top of the Pops charting hit, Let’s Go All The Way has been used in Movie Soundtracks for Iron Man 3, Grand Theft Auto video game, Insane Clown Posse etc. Currently in 2019, he’s been acknowledged and received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to Nelson, there is no other musician alive capable of summoning the sound of the original Funkadelic guitarist than Tracey “Spacey T” Singleton. In 1979, Spacey T met one of his musical heroes, original Funkadelic guitarist Eddie “Maggot Brain” Hazel. After hearing Spacey T. play guitar, Hazel introduced him to producer Jeffery Bowen of Motown, who invited him to record with Bonnie Pointer of the legendary Pointer Sisters. The sessions introduced him to his heroes Sly and Freddie Stone. During this time, Eddie Hazel and Spacey T. developed a close appreciation of one another as musicians and as friends. Spacey T. studied Hazel’s sound and technique, to inherit Hazel’s legacy as one of the greatest guitarists in funk history. In 1984, Spacey founded Soundbarrier, which became the first all-black heavy metal band to be signed to a major record label. ,Spacey T, recorded and toured Internationally with Mother’s Finest, playing lead and rhythm guitar. He then caught the attention of another legendary band, Fishbone, and was invited to join the band as their guitarist until 2003. Spacey T. remains a highly sought after session musician, and with the help of longtime friend and fan Tom Morello, signed the remaining members of Soundbarrier to his Firebrand Records, a reunion of the “red and black attack.”
Like a whirlwind, The FUNK Experience will blow through the southeast for two very special performances only! Currently scheduled for 2019 at the Charleston Pour House on August 8th, and Asheville’s Salvage Station on August 17th. Don’t funk around, get your Funk card, and come get your Funk on, Let’s Party like it’s 2099! Till we see yo Booties in da place…May da Funk be with you…P ewww!