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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"Tweed Funk was formed in 2010, and has been bringing the party to Milwaukee ever since. They got the horns, they got the rhythm section, they got Smokey Holman, the dynamic front man. Tweed Funk call themselves a show band, and they are proud of it. And now they are bringing a piece of that Milwaukee R&B to the world." — Elwood Blues, Dan Aykroyd, The BluesMobile

"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

"Everything here is first or second take, and the performances impress, whether it is the Otis Redding flavoured funky opener, the rock tinged soul of ‘Hoodoo Power’, the wistful southern soul balladry of ‘Divided’ or the James Brown styled ‘Sugarfoot’, written by soul and blues revivalist Black Joe Lewis. On the blues side, ‘Time To Burn’ is a tough sounding mid tempo number with hints of Magic Sam in J.D. Optekar’s always excellent guitar work .... ‘Sippin Misery’ is a wee wee hours jazz flavoured blues – nice trumpet work from Kevin Klemme" — Norman Darwen, Blues & Rhythm

"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

"Quick with a smile and a joke, Smokey is a natural entertainer who has surrounded himself with some of the best musicians in Wisconsin. With JD Optekar on guitar/vocals, Eric Madunic on bass/vocals, Jon Lovas on saxophone, Kevin Klemme on trumpet and Nick Lang on drums, the band will leave you limp after one of their sweat soaked sessions." — Tim Richards, Blues Blast Magazine

"(Tweed) Funk open with the funky Stax-influenced ‘Blues In My Soul’, a showcase for Smokey’s strident vocals and the horns of Jon Lovas and Kevin Klemme. ‘Time to Burn’ is a powerful and hypnotic and brooding blues that allows JD Optekar to stretch out with some fine blues guitar – the classic ‘Let The Good Times roll’ is performed BB King style with Optekar again to the fore – whilst ‘Hoodoo Power’ strays into Otis Redding territory replete with infectiously riffing horns and soulful backing vocals." — Mick Rainsford, Blues in Britain

"“First Name Lucky” – (Tweed Tone) – Yes there are still bands that play good old-fashioned Rhythm & Blues and Tweed Funk are among the best. With the honey-voiced Smokey Holman belting out vocals and a sax and trumpet duo augmenting the grooves, Tweed Funk provide a solid set here with the ’60s-flavored soul pop of “Hoodoo Power,” a take on the Eddie Floyd/Steve Cropper chestnut “Knock on Wood” and album highlight, the James Brown-like “Sugarfoot.” Wherever this one goes a party is sure to follow." — Kevin Wierzbicki, Phoenix Examiner

"Tweed Funk's First Name Lucky debuts on the Living Blues Chart at #11 for April of 2014." — Living Blues Magazine

"Sometimes when you hear a band for the first time, you really know that they're going to be something special. That's the feeling that your humble correspondent had when he heard Tweed Funk for the first time. They come at you from so many different ways, with a powerhouse blues attack that adds equal parts of soul and funk to the mix" — Graham Clark, Friday Blues Fix

"There sat Curtis Mayfield and his Bass Player, Joseph "Lucky" Scott, with an opportunity to audition at Curtom Records. Smokey recalls observing Curtis Mayfield tell Eddie Thomas "I told you" after Domestic 4 finished singing a few of their original songs." — Lee Ann Flynn, Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine

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