The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

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  • Friday, August 27
  • Door: 7:00PM, Show: 8:00PM
  • $25 ADV // $29 DOS

All Ages

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Imagine if the people who made James Brown dance, Kool and the Gang “Celebrate”, and P-Funk’s Mothership fly, all joined forces with some of todays greatest talents for a timeless one of a kind collaboration. This is … The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, arguably the most ambitious and most exciting music project of any genre, in decades.

The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown started as a star studded tribute to the history of Funk, Soul, R&B, Jam and Hip Hop. Members of Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Blackalicious, Derek Trucks Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Lee Boys and Warren Haynes Band, united in late 2007 to create the sonic landscape that became The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown “Volume 1.” Released in 2012, “Volume 1” received global acclaim which paved the way for the next chapter, “Volume 2.” Currently in production, “Volume 2” continues in the same tradition with an expanded line-up that now includes members of The James Brown Band, Kool and the Gang, Earth, Wind and Fire , Living Colour, Fishbone, Mudvayne, Bill Wither’s Band, The Time, Sexual Chocolate Band, The Mike Dillon Band, and Tiny Universe.

“It’s quite extraordinary what they have put together and I’m honored to be a part of this project” says Taylor Dayne . “These are some of the biggest, baddest, greatest Jazz, Funk, Blues, players out there, and what can I say?… I’m a part of Volume 2, it’s very exciting!” Combining household names such as Taylor, Karl Denson, Fred Wesley and George Clinton with emerging stars like Soulful South African native, Laura Reed and the devil throated Reverend Desmond D’Angelo, the Getdown fuses nasty grooves with the freshest and most potent musical flavors, creating their timeless sound. “The entire project was designed to not only pay homage to it’s roots but also to inspire and encourage the next generation of talent to ensure this music’s longevity ” says Getdown’s founder and bassist John Heintz. The enticing magic that comes from this merger of old school and new school is very evident when listening to The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown.


“Thank You for the opportunity to play with some of my favorite people in this round world” Vernon
Reid (Living Colour)

The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown plans to tour in the summer and fall of 2015. A rotating lineup of a dozen or more can be expected any given night at a Getdown show. With a growing pool of more than 130 active musicians in the Getdown family ,each tour provides a unique experience for al l. “Getting everyone together takes a ton of work logistically but the end result is spectacular. We can’t wait to show our fans what we do live! I think people are going to get their minds blown.” Says Heintz’s production partner Frank Mapstone. As The Getdown prepares for their tour and completes Volume 2, Producers Heintz and Mapstone are releasing a multicolor 180 gram, Vinyl collector dream of “Volume 1.” The production duo also have a couple new projects in the works that are extensions of the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown. These include The Big Ol’ Nasty Hoedown‘Volume 1’ an album that focuses on the Bluegrass, Country and Folk side of things, while Electro-Getdown will cater to the EDM movement. It has also been confirmed that “Volume 3” will immediately go into production upon the release of The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown “Volume 2” album.


Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

Funk is more than a musical genre, it’s a way of life. And since that mindset is what Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band embodies every day, the collective titled its fourth studio album Funk Life.

The new record is as sassy and self-possessed as lead track “24/7,” a fearless plunge into contagious rhythms and bold horn hits. Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in the Booty Band’s hometown, Asheville, N.C., Funk Life paired the musicians with engineer Julian Dreyer(Band of Horses, Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band). The band was still arranging a couple of songs when tracking began, leaving room for the element of surprise. That spirit of excitement is captured on tracks like “Quick E,” an instrumental with plenty of swagger and vintage cool; the bold, woman-power manifesto “Mama Feelgood”, originally recorded by Lyn Collins; and “Wake Yo'Self,” a caffeinated dance track that builds to a keys-driven crescendo.


Funk Life is as modern as it is rooted in time-tested textures. The album was conceived in the back seat of a 1972 Impala while listening to a mix tape of P-Funk, Sly and the Family Stone, Buddy Miles, Aretha Franklin, Tower of Power, and James Brown. So pervasive are those influences that the track “Living the Dream” came to keyboardist/vocalist Mary Frances-Mama Funk when, in a sleep-charged vision, George Clinton and Garry Shider of P-Funk taught her the melodic riff.


But as much as Funk Life offered the Booty Band a chance to zero in on the roots of funk music, it also reflects the band’s never-ending quest to deliver its vision of funk and where the genre is heading. For trombonist Derrick Johnson, the album presented an opportunity to use different techniques and sounds in creating a full horn section. “I think the process illuminated some concepts that will continue to be Booty Band staples as the band moves forward,” he says.


Innovation aside, the group has a keen sense of immediacy. “When you walk away from a show, you want to remember something,” says Mary Frances, and that’s why the Booty Band focuses on contagious choruses. Funk Life’s title track is as much an anthem as a deep groove, at once choreographed and organic. It’s the kind of song that has fans singing along on first listen. 


In fact, the Booty Band takes its cues from the crowd: “When the ladies are dancing, that’s when you know the vibe is right,” says Mary Frances. The band not only infuses its funk aesthetic with sparkle and buoyancy, but maximizes its onstage entertainment value. During a Booty Band show you might find band members in the crowd, on top of a bar, and definitely in yo face! 


Adding to the Booty Band’s crowd-pleasing prowess is a knack for selecting prime cover tunes. Deep cuts and songs by female artists make the list, as do unexpected hip-hop offerings. “They fit in our ecosystem,” says Lee. “We grew up with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, but they sample P-Funk, the Isley Brothers and classic funk. It’s a nice mixture.” Plus, there are nods to Crescent City favorites like Dirty Dozen Brass Band because, as Mary Frances says, “Everybody likes to be taken to New Orleans.”


With the release of Funk Life, the Booty Band continues its exploration of past, present and future funk sounds. “It’s a constant evolution,” says drummer Lee Allen. But the band isn’t too worried about defining that mix: “For me, it’s more of a feeling,” Lee says. “If it makes my head bob, it’s usually gonna make people dance.”


The band, which formed in the college town of Boone, North Carolina, in 2002, has shared stages with the likes of Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins. They’re in high demand on the festival circuit, putting in appearances at Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Jam Cruise, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Aura Fest, Floyd Fest, DeLuna Festival, Jazz Aspen, Center of the Universe Festival, Purple Hatters Ball, Camp Barefoot and Trinumeral, among others. 


True musical road warriors, their live show is an absolute must see! A musical experience rather than simply a band, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band is all facets of funk wrapped into one deliciously deviant package.