When: Sun., Aug. 27, 6 p.m.
The high-energy shot of funk, rock, hip-hop, and New Orleans soul will be surrounded by boutique shopping, food, and drink options scattered throughout the atrium of The Max. Big Sam’s Funky Nation delivers the Noladelic PowerFunk sound: high-energy music that mixes funk, rock, hip-hop, and jazz into the same pot, gluing everything together with the brassy influence and heavy grooves of New Orleans. The band’s live performances are infectious, filled with blasts of brass, bursts of electric guitar, and the charisma of Big Sam, a frontman who sings, plays, dances, and involves the audience in everything he does.
A native of New Orleans, Big Sam first rose to fame as a member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose touring schedule kept the young trombonist on the road for 300 days a year. A fan of artists like Parliament-Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Living Colour, and Prince, Big Sam formed the Funky Nation with some of his friends and favorite players from across The Big Easy—including Andrew “Da Phessa” Bayham, Jerry “Jblakk” Henderson, Alfred Jordan, and Keenan McRae.
Big Sam is proud to not cater to any single demographic. The Funky Nation has appeared at a diverse range of jam band festivals, jazz shows, rock clubs, and funk gigs since forming in 2007. “We play music for everybody,” Big Sam says. “It’s not just funk; that’s the foundation, but the music goes from funk to rock to wild jazz. It’s music about love and partying. Everyone can get down with that.”