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BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION Premiere “What’s My Name (Big Sam)”

New Orleans-based funk band Big Sam’s Funky Nation premiere their new track“What’s My Name (Big Sam)” today on PopMatters. The soulful song highlights the band’s legendary musical prowess while showcasing their lively personality through playful lyrics. “What’s My Name (Big Sam)” is off the band’s upcoming album Songs in the Key of Funk to be released this Friday, May 4, 2018 tying into their performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. CLICK HERE to listen and CLICK HERE to pre-order the album.

Bootsy, Prince, & Mike Jones are just a few artists that came to mind when writing this song. I was thinking to myself that I needed an anthem! We perform all over the world & I would say the name of the band about 9 times every show, & after every show, some people would still ask… “what’s the name of the band???” It was either that or getting me confused with other trombonists, so I figured I’d write a song to clear up any confusion. – Big Sam

Big Sam’s Funky Nation recently released the video for the second track off the upcoming album, “PokeChop,” which premiered on GlideThe lively and colorful video on the streets of New Orleans is the perfect companion to the song’s simmering beat punctuated by seventies-style synths that give way to lively horns, handclaps and howls. WATCH HERE

Tying into the release of the album and their performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Big Sam’s Funky Nation will also be hosting an album release party and show at Blue Nile on May 4, 2018. PURCHASE THE TICKETS HERE.

Against the backdrop of Crescent City, Big Sam’s Funky Nation released five fan favorite albums and quietly developed a devout following. Powered by jaw-dropping technical talent and uncontainable energy on stage, their performances have become the stuff of legend. Big Sam ensures you’re not just a part of the crowd, but “a part of the show dancing and singing along.”Beyond standout sets at the likes of Voodoo Music + Experience and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the band has performed at BonnarooSXSW, and Austin City Limits, to name a few.

Stay tuned for more new music and in the meantime, for more info on Big Sam’s Funky Nation, please visit www.bigsamsfunkynation.com

Upcoming Shows

May 3                    New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

May 4                    New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile (CD Release Party)

May 7                    New Orleans, LA @ Maple Leaf

May 11                  Covington, LA @ Columbia Street Tap Room

May 16                  Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke

May 17                  Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl

May 18                  San Diego, CA @ Winston’s Beach Club

May 19                  San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Jazz Festival

May 21                  Irving, TX @ Big Beat Dallas

May 23                  Mobile, AL @ The Merry Widow

May 24                  Gainesville, FL @ High Dive

May 25                  Tampa, FL @ Crowbar Live Music

May 26                  Boca Raton, FL @ The Funky Biscuit

May 27                  Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall

June 1                    Amagansett, NY @ The Stephen Talkhouse

June 2-3                Augusta, NJ @ Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival

June 7                    Charlotte, NC @ River Jam – U.S. Whitewater Center

June 8                    Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

June 9                    Asheville, NC @ Xpand Fest

June 14                  Frisco, CO @ Annual Colorado BBQ Championship

June 15                  Albuquerque, NM @ ABQ BioPark Zoo

June 16                  Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa Brewing

June 22                  Norfolk, VA @ Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival

June 23                  Washington, DC @ The Hamilton Live

June 24                  Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergels

June 26                  Ann Arbor, MI @ Ann Arbor Summer Festival

June 27                  Ferndale, MI @ The Parliament Room at Otus Supply

June 29                  Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota Jazz Club

July 4                      Nederland, CO @ Caribou Room

July 5                      Denver, CO @ Globe Hall

July 6                      Telluride, CO @ Sheridan Opera House

July 7                      Basalt, CO @ The Temporary

July 12                    Tyler, TX @ Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue

July 13                    Arlington, TX @ Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

July 21                    Nashville, TN @ City Winery

Aug 3                      San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Aug 4                      Mammoth Lakes, CA @ Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza

Aug 6                      Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Aug 7                      Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge

Aug 8                      Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub

Aug 10                    Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club

Aug 11                    Belden, CA @ For The Funk of it Fest

Aug 12                    San Jose, CA @ San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Aug 17                    Ithaca, NY @ Cornell University

Aug 18                    Salem, MA @ Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

Aug 19                    South Burlington, VT @ Showcase Lounge

Aug 23                    Hartford, CT @ Infinity Music Hall

Aug 24                    Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts

Aug 25                    Brattleboro, VT @ The Stone Church

Aug 29                    Philadelphia, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall

Aug 30                    Amagansett, NY @ The Stephen Talkhouse

Aug 31-Sept 1       Charleston, RI @ Rhythm and Roots Festival

Sept 2                     Westport, CT @ Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

Sept 8                     Greensboro, NC @ The North Carolina Folk Festival

Sept 9                     Greensboro, NC @ The North Carolina Folk Festival

Sept 13                   Evanston, IL @ SPACE

Sept 14                   St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House

Sept 15                   Lawrence, KS @ Lied Center of Kansas

Sept 21                   Atlanta, GA @ Venkman’s

Sept 22                   Charleston, SC @ The Charleston Pour House

Sept 28-Oct 1        Queensland, Australia @ Caloundra Music Festival

Nov 11                    Stillwater, OK @ Oklahoma State University

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