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Press Release - December 28, 2012 - Tweed Funk at Naut's Landing

Tweed Funk brings their WAMI Award Winning Soul-Blues to Naut's Landing on Saturday, January 5th, 2013 from 8 pm to 11 pm.  This 6 piece horn-driven, sweat-soaked band has been on a tear recently with their latest CD, Love Is, sitting in the Top 20 for the past 2 months on the national Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Albums Chart.   The band's latest CD has received great reviews in national publications including Living Blues Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine.



What:  Tweed Funk - Naut's Landing

When:  Saturday, January 5th, 2013, 8 pm to 11 pm

Where:  Naut's Landing, 124 Main St., Menasha, WI

Cost:  $0


About Tweed Funk


Formed 2 years ago, Tweed Funk has garnered national and international acclaim for their horn-driven, sweat-soaked, soul-blues.  This Milwaukee, Wisconsin band is fronted by Joseph “Smokey” Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield, Rufus Thomas, and Willie Mitchell in early 70’s.  Tweed Funk’s two CD releases and performances at blues festivals and top blues-rooms have earned the band praise from press and media around the world.



Tweed Funk has been in the regular rotation at the House of Blues in Chicago and earned some excellent spots at Blues Festivals including: opening for Shemekia Copeland at the Prairie Dog Blues Festival in 2012; opening for the Saturday night headliner at the Blues on the Chippewa Festival in 2012; opening for Buddy Guy at Purdue University; appearing at the Paramount Blues Festival, Waukesha Blues Festival, Summerfest, UW Madison Funk Festival, 2012 International Blues Challenge, and many other concert events.



Tweed Funk’s latest CD, Love Is, has charted nationally and been played on 150+ stations around the world and the band has had reviews in major print and internet publications including:  Blues Revue Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine, IconFetch, The Blues Blast Magazine, and many others.



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"Tweed Funk's "First Name Lucky" debuts at #10 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Blues Albums Chart for the Week of April 11, 2014 and the album was #1 on the RMR State of Wisconsin Chart. "Knock on Wood" hits #24 on the RMR Top 50 Blues Songs Chart for the Week." — Roots Music Report

"Milwaukee-based R&B machine Tweed Funk is a powerhouse in the tradition of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, laced with the stage presence of Luther Allison. The band could be compared to neo-throwback soul merchants like Charles Walker and the Dynamites or even Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, although Tweed’s Stax-influenced sound is maxed out with a horn section that’s loud and in charge" — Mark Uricheck, Living Blues Magazine

"Tweed Funk is a multi-faceted weave of old school Memphis soul, blues and rock, creating a sound you can wrap yourself up in....'First Name Lucky' is classic soul with a modern edge and may be the next thing to make Milwaukee famous." — Roger & Margaret White, Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine

"For a few favorites from the Originals, I chose Track 4 "Hoodoo Power" and the closing Track "Get It On". When I started listening to "Hoodoo Power", I knew right away that this beauty was going to be my favorite of the album and indeed that held up right till the end. This one had it all with great Vocals, Fat Drum Beat, Awesome Horns, and the icing on the cake, with the heavenly Backing Vocals courtesy of Chrissy Dzioba & Sarah Moilanen. A great tune that I could listen to all day. "Get It On", let the fur fly as we get treated to a Harpfest courtesy of Brian "Looper" Lucas. JD Optekar also does some Killer Guitar work, with additionally great work from Eric Madunic (Bass) and Nick Lang (Drums), on this great uptempo number playing homage to the weekend and letting it all go." — John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

"We had two favorites, too. Brush-stroked drums and a muted trumpet back Smokey’s jazzy vocal, as he weaves a tale of one too many nights in a bar just “Sippin’ Misery.” And, bass man Eric Madunic takes the vocal on a tribute to the late Donald “Duck” Dunn with his in-the-pocket read of the classic “Knock On Wood.”" — Sheryl and Don Crow, Don and Sheryl's Blues Blog

"First Name Lucky, on Tweed Tone Records, is the third album release from this stellar band. The seven originals and four covers are filled with 39 minutes of sexy, soulful blues that will carry listeners back to a time when funk and soul were honest, and infected with the blues. The fellas wanted to produce an album that had a live feel, with a minimal amount of overdubs, and they have done so in an animated fashion. The sound quality and mix here is excellent. Throw this on, and instantly you are walking through the door of your favorite club, feeling the warmth of the music wash over you." — Barry Kerzner, American Blues Scene

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