Blues Fest Artist: Tweed Funk

Tweed Funk

Bandshell, Friday, July 1

9:00-10:30 Tweed Funk

Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk's national ascent has been driven by their horn-fueled, Memphis flavored blues, roots, and soul. This Milwaukee six-piece soul-blues revue is fronted by Joseph "Smokey" Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70's. Tweed Funk boasts 5 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins in the last 4 years for the band and its members. On April 29, 2016 Tweed Funk released their 4th album, Come Together, which consists of 10 new original songs. New band members Dave Schoepke (drums/percussion) and Andrew Spadafora (tenor/bari sax) were key components of Tweed Funk’s new sound along with Travis Drow (trumpet), Eric Madunic (bass/keys), JD Optekar (guitar), and Smokey (lead vocals). The album is earning some excellent early reviews from critics: If you like horn bands and good, old-fashioned soul, you’ll really like this one. The musicianship here is of the first order and the material shines. – Blues Blast Magazine. “Come Together” is an innovative collection of pristine soul blues that will take you back to a simpler time. – American Blues Scene. In 2015 Tweed Funk appeared on the Cover/Featured in Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine and Joseph “Smokey” Holman was featured in Living Blues Magazine, on the Cover/Featured in Blues Blast Magazine, and featured in Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine.