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The Uptown Party Down is an explosive 8-piece funk band based out of New York City. The group is led by Christine Tambakis, whose soulful, sultry voice has shared stages and studios with The Motet, Kung Fu, Deep Banana Blackout, John Oates, and Bobby Brown. Backing Tambakis are the often-costumed Party Down boys-- a masterful rhythm section and horn trio who churn out their own unique brand of aggressively energetic grooves. Blending catchy hooks, infectious beats and unpredictable improvisation, UPD 'has everything that would inspire its audience to throw down funky dance moves.' (-charged.fm )
In 2013, the Uptown Party Down hosted a year-long weekend residency at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, dubbed the The Midnight Dance Party. The first night kicked off with a full blown break-dancing competition-- a Saturday night typical of the band.
Like a friendly frat party wrapped in a mini-skirt, the UPD bulldoze through their live show with serious energy, and an enthusiasm for audience participation and extensive improv. Tambakis leads the crowd in raucous sing-a-longs and hammers away at the tambourine while drawing the audience in with her soaring voice and uplifting dialogue.