Brace yourself and be prepared to get out of your seats–to stand, sing, shout and cheer for 3 solid hours. That's what happens when THE MASTERS OF FUNK hit the stage. It's the funkiest superband featuring THE BAR-KAYS, ("Holy Ghost", "Move Your Boogie Body"), TASTE OF HONEY ("Boogie Oogie Oogie"), and BRICK ("Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody", "Disco Jazz"), They play and sing together and but legendary hits all night. These icons have decided to leave their egos at the door and put on a spectacular funk-a-thon for their fans each night. No set changes and no unplugging cords–just hit after hit all night long. The fans say, "We have never seen nor heard anything like it." Radio says, "All songs heard were top 10 records." And the industry and concert promoters say it's the best tour they've seen in years. The Masters of Funk is mesmerizing audiences and selling out all over the country, but don't take our word for it, see it for yourself and we guarantee that you will not be the same!
The Bar-Kays began their career in the mid-60s as the house band for Stax Records. They backed many of Stax artists most notably Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. For more than 40 years The Bar-Kays have been a powerhouse of funk, R&B and soul music. The band has had dozens of chart topping singles including "Soul Finger", "Son of Shaft" and "Freakshow On The Dance Floor". The Bar-Kays appeared in the iconic 1973 film documentary, Wattstax. In the 1985 movie Spies Like Us, starring Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase, The Bar-Kays' hit "Soul Finger" was the favorite song of the crew of a Soviet mobile ICBM platform on patrol in Tajikistan S.S.R. Bar-Kays songs "Too Hot To Stop" and "Soul Finger" are featured in the 2007 comedy film, Superbad.
A Taste of Honey
In the days of Disco, Janice-Marie’s ‘A Taste of Honey’ received a crash course in the potential of a hit single. Their first recording, "Boogie Oogie Oogie", hit #1 on the International Pop, Disco and R&B charts. The single and self-titled album were certified double Platinum in the USA (Capital Record’s first platinum single) and went Gold in the United Kingdom and Japan. A Taste of Honey nabbed the 'Best New Artist of the Year' Grammy Award along with an additional ‘Best Vocal Performance By Group or Duo’ Grammy nomination. Janice-Marie Johnson received the ‘Best R&B Song’, Grammy nomination, as well, for writing Boogie Oogie Oogie. Another Taste, the second ATOH album, went Gold in Japan and garnered a Gold Single and Album, with "Do It Good". This catchy tune also won the Gold Prize awards at the 8th Annual Tokyo Music Festival and national acclaim in the US.
Brick was an Atlanta band that created a successful merger of funk and jazz in the '70s they called "dazz." Brick's roster included lead vocalist/saxophonist/flutist Jimmy Brown; guitarist/bassist/vocalist Regi Hargis Hickman; lead singer Ray Ransom, who doubled as a bassist/keyboardist/percussionist; and Eddie Irons, who did lead vocals and played drums and keyboards. They recorded "Music Matic" for Main Street in 1976, before signing to the CBS-distributed label Bang. Their first Bang single, "Dazz," topped the R&B charts and was number-three pop in 1976, and they continued on Bang until 1982. Brick scored two more huge hits in 1977, "Dusic" and "Ain't Gonna' Hurt Nobody," each with a chunky, propulsive beat and catchy, light pop-jazz refrain. Their last Top Ten R&B hit was "Sweat (Til You Get Wet)" in 1981.