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
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 http://www.rockwired.com/2013rockwiredballot.html
and vote for Tweed Funk in the Best Band Category! We appreciate the support!
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 www.tweedfunk.com/photos/ to
see more pics!
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
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!
Smokey, JD, Nick,
Eric, Kevin, and Jon
and Media Inquiries
Radio and Press
Frank Roszak Promotions
Social Media Publicist
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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