Tweed Funk  |  Milwaukee, WI

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We want to wish a happy and prosperous 2013!  And to start it off we will be giving away a 3 copies of Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine's Black Cat Moan CD Sampler #13.  Some great tunes on the CD Sampler including Johnny Winter, Doug Deming, and some Tweed Funk!  The 1st, 5th, and 7th fans to reply to this e-mail win a copy of Black Cat Moan!  You can also receive this CD for free by subscribing to Big City R&B Magazine!


Lots of great shows coming up this month including kicking things off at Naut's Landing this Saturday night!  We have moved back the start time as the Green Bay Packers wild-card game against the Vikings is kicking off at 7 pm.  We would suggest you get to Naut's Landing in Menasha early for the Packers (we will be there for the kick-off), order some pizza and beverages, and then get ready for a Packers Win and great soul-blues to follow!  Tweed Funk's guitarist, JD Optekar, is in the Packer spirit as he got to take his father to their first game at Lambeau Field over the holidays!



More shows to come this month including January 15th at the House of Blues in Chicago; then on January 18th we are back at The Bridge Inn in Grafton for another wild and crazy night of horn-driven soul-blues!  We close out the month playing a private event on January 26th. At the end of the month Smokey and JD head to Memphis for some fun at the International Blues Challenge as the fellas plan to network, jam, relax, and support the local Grafton Blues Association acts, Alex Wilson and Alan "Doc" Mock!

RockWired Radio Music Awards Best Band Voting

Tweed Funk has been nominated in RockWired Magazine's 2013 Radio Music Awards in the Best Band Category.  Voting is simple (no registration, FB login, or whatever required).  Just visit and vote for Tweed Funk in the Best Band Category!  We appreciate the support!


Music Under the Glass Photos

We had a great time performing at the Music Under the Glass Concert Series and had over 500+ people through the door for the concert!  Here are some of the photos courtesy of Jessie Dallas.  Visit to see more pics!


Smokey's Interview on WMSE

Hear about Smokey's early days coming up under Curtis Mayfield from his November 28th interview on WMSE.  Click here to stream the program from the WMSE archives.  The interview starts at the 2:09:14 mark.

Grafton Blues Association IBC Sendoff Party

Last year Tweed Funk had the honor of representing the Grafton Blues Association in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge!  This year the Grafton Blues Association is sending Alan "Doc" Mock in the solo/duo category and Alex Wilson in the band category.  The Road to Memphis fundraiser will be January 26th at the Bridge Inn.  We hope that many of you will be making the trip to Memphis this year with Smokey, JD, and the GBA.  It is truly an amazing experience!


We are looking forward to a great 2013 with 4 festivals already booked, shows in Chicago, Des Moines, Indianapolis, NW Illinois, and throughout Wisconsin!  Stay-tuned as we expect to all over the upper Midwest this summer.  Keep spreading the word and help us continue to grow Tweed Funk Nation!


Happy 2013!


Smokey, JD, Nick, Eric, Kevin, and Jon

Tweed Funk


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"Album number three from this band is now out and available and I must say I think it is the best of the three so far! If you want to swing and jive with the Wisconsin kings of funk, blues and soul, then pick this album up and enjoy- you won’t be disappointed! Highly recommended!" — Steve Jones, Blues Blast Magazine

"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

"In honor of the seven new original tunes on "First Name Lucky," the new CD by Milwaukee blues outfit Tweed Funk, we hit guitarist J.D. Optekar with seven questions about the WAMI Award-winning band, which has released three records in three years." — Bobby Tanzilo, OnMilwaukee

"Sippin Misery has a really laid back blues sound and is likely my favorite track on the release. This is a track that you could feel Billie Holiday singing and Smokey does an excellent job. Horn work on this track from Klemme is excellent. Not a generic trumpet fan but this playing is not (generic) ... it's hot!!" — Bman, Bman's Blues Report

"Loaded with the kind of classic show band sound that inspired the Blues Brothers, this gang continues to show they know how to deliver the funk in top shelf fashion. Well done, again." — Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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