Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tuesday, June 26 @ 8pm
Rackham Stage

Delivering a seismic live experience, Big Sammie Williams and his 5-piece New Orleans brass and funk outfit bring their uncontainable energy to the funky art of how to rock a stage, how to rock a street. Named “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz” by the SF Chronicle, Big Sam and his exuberant crewe boast fluid brass, Meters-style bass and guitar, slide moves, and an irresistible call-and-response momentum that make their undeniable, unpredictable, and downright unique dance party the among the most respected live acts in the Crescent City. With swagger and claps that will get you on your feet, high-spirited lyrics, and riffs that float the funk, this outstanding funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop ensemble owns crowds with their “straight raw party” (Jambase) at major draws like New Orleans Jazz Festival, SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits. They tour hard—a lifestyle Big Sam learned from two decades doing 300 shows a year with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, Allen Toussaint, and Elvis Costello. Joining us in support of their 2018 release Songs in the Key of Funk, Volume 1, turn it out with the Funky Nation.

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