What once started as the house band at the Seamonster Lounge in Seattle has evolved over the past few years into a bonafide eight piece funk and soul band – and a force to be reckoned with. With tributes to some of the greats – James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and Chaka Khan to name a few – plus a mixture of original hard-hitting instrumentals and great vocal songs alike, Funky2Death gets the crowd moving no matter where they play. Fans young, old, and in between come together, smiling, laughing, and getting down to originals like “Boogaloo”, “Funky in My Pants”, and “Funky 45th Street”. There is never a dull moment with these talented cats.
Woogie D. aka “Dirty Uncle” holds it down on drums, vocals, and as MC. You’d be hard pressed to find a more solid player than Mark Mattrey on the bass. Jabrille Williams aka “Jimmy James” shows amazing control on rhythm guitar, but then lets loose and completely blows everyone away with his solos. Roc’Phella aka “Cousin Nasty” always gets the crowd going whether he’s on the mic or exploring other galaxies on the keys. Melissa Montalto rounds it all out on the organ, but then gets up in the front and pulls the crowd even closer with her soulful vocals. With the addition of a horn section including Jason Cressey and Peter Daniel, and Jonathan Gipaya, F2D has something for everyone.
While firmly grounded in the old school, F2D brings new life and a modern sound to their music. Just when you think you’ve figured out F2D, they’ve got a surprise for you – always keeping you on your feet, dancing all night long.
F2D’s first album, F2D in Stereo, is available on CD baby, iTunes and through their website, www.F2Dmusic.com.
Their 45s, “Boogaloo”/”So Much More” and “C’Mon/Funky 45th Street” can be purchased at shows.