Published DateLACONIA — Tower Hill Tavern, located at 264 Lakeside Ave, The Weirs, will host the touring act
Funktapuss on Saturday May 4 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Funktapuss is a five-piece band with roots in traditional Soul, R&B, and James Brown-era funk, and
is currently touring the nation in support of their original debut album. Their lineup of musicians, which draws directly from the lineage of great American funk musicians, includes: bassist Brian Vanderbeek (a protégé of Victor Wooten); keyboardist/saxophonist Ryan Tivey (student of Fred Lipsius from Blood, Sweat and Tears); drummer Chris Santos (Zach Deputy Band); Boston-area guitarist Tom Davis; and the celebrated Gospel-trained NYC vocalist Latez Crawley.
Founder Brian "Beek" Vanderbeek founded Funktapuss in 2007 when he landed back in the states after a six-year deployment with the United States Navy. His active duty included several years in the Iraq War, and since returning home he's committed his work to making people celebrate life and "get down."
Heralded as a "touring machine" by one industry rep, Funktapuss' stage show echoes the records of
Maceo Parker, Parliament, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind & Fire, while still incorporating the "fiery
riffing of Zeppelin and Stevie Ray." Their one-night stop at Weirs Beach comes amongst gigs in Boston, NYC, Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Tower Hill Tavern is year-round establishment and currently produces regular shows of regional and national touring acts. Visit www.Towerhilltavern.com for show times.
Upcoming Events at Tower Hill:
5/11 The Motivators; 5/25 Manchuka; 5/26 Tony Sarno; 6/7 Dave Glannon; 6/8 Michael Vincent Band; 6/9 Mr. Nick & Dirty Tricks; 6/10 Ryan Faraday & Shades of Blue; 6/10 Michael Vincent; 6/11 Charlie Keating; 6/12 Danny Banks; 6/12 Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers; 6/13 Diane Blue; 6/13 Ricky "King" Russell; 6/14 Delta Generators; 6/14 Jeremy Dean Band; 6/15 Willie J. Laws.
Funktapuss (Courtesy photo)