Tonight at Gingko Blue in Portland

1013392_10101067240558219_315905449_nMorning funkonauts – it’s a beautiful day for some funk, don’t you agree? Well, then slide on downtown and shake everything you got with us. We’re playing at Gingko Blue at the corner of Fore and Union tonight in the Old Port and we want to see every one of you there. This is going to be great show because you’ll get a chance to hear all of the songs from the new album live and in person tonight along with a couple of surprises.

Speaking of the new album, we’re in the process of getting this beautiful 9-track manifesto of funky soul music mastered and ready to get printed onto shiny little discs for y’all to enjoy. Our PledgeMusic campaign is still open for pre-orders and pledges – grab your copy of the album, have it signed, or maybe sign yourself up for a homemade pie or a couple burgers with James. Why did we keep the campaign open? When we started this thing, we set a modest goal that would cover half the cost of recording the album (we fronted the other half). Thanks to your support, we reached that goal the day before going into the studio – which is awesome. Now that we’ve finished recording and mixing, there’s still the very important step of mastering – that last greasy coat of goodness that’ll turn this sucker out. If you’ve already pledged, thank you very much. If you haven’t, then it’s not too late because the campaign will be open through the rest of the month. All pledges and pre-orders from this point forward help us cover the cost of mastering and duplication.

Keep on spreading the word folks and see you tonight!

 

Funky Friday at Bull Feeney’s

1794557_10101515759866929_2042081279_nWell, the reindeer games are done in the studio, so it’s about time we got back out into the world and got our funk on!

Um, it’s still cool if we keep our pajamas on though, right? Right?

Fine, we’ll change…

Tonight, we’ll be hitting Bull Feeney’s like Big Papi taking batting practice – it’s gonna be greasy. It’s gonna be sweaty. It’s gonna be funky. You need to be there. 375 Fore Street is the address and the beat drops at 9:30pm with no cover. If necessary, James and Alex will give out big sweaty hugs to everyone who asks.

So yeah, we’re finished recording the album – nine songs laid down and mixed. We’d like to thank uber-producer Jonathan Wyman over at The Halo for all his hard work and expertise in helping these songs come to life. And while we’re at it, thank you to everyone who kicked in on our PledgeMusic campaign! You’ve been an incredibly important part of making this album.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the album or pledged yet, it’s not too late! We’re keeping the campaign open until the end of March so you can jump on that train right now. Why are we still shilling for this you might ask? Because we set a modest goal for our campaign that covered half of our recording costs (we pulled together the other half). Now that we’re finished recording, it’s time to master all the tracks – a very important part of the process. Every pledge and pre-order now will help us cover the cost of working with some of the best mastering engineers on the planet and help this little baby of ours reach its full potential. So what are you waiting for?

See you tonight!

Funky Soul Hitting The Studio

artistdevphotoGreetings to all the funkonauts out there… In case you didn’t know, we’re hitting the studio in just five days! Not only is this going to feature some old school funky soul music, it’s also going to be an old school style recording session. Going in, laying it down live, and all in about a week.

Want to be a part of this thing? We’re using PledgeMusic to help fund the session and we’re sitting at 76% of our goal right now because of all the support fans, friends, and complete strangers have been throwing our way. Although with thrilled with the progress so far, we still have a ways to go and 9 days to do it.

We’re not asking something for nothing people – you get what you give. Whatever you pledge, you get a sweet exclusive from us related to the album. You can pre-order the album for $10 as a digital download, $15 for a CD, or $20 for a signed CD. Want something more unique? How about a disposable camera filled with behind-the-scenes photos of us making the album taken by band members – along with a digital download? For $50, you get a download plus a handwritten lyrics sheet to any of our songs. For $65, you get a download plus a signed drum head. For $75 you get your name in the liner notes and a signed CD. For $85, you can have burgers in Portland with our very own “Burger” James Hebert plus a signed CD. For $150 you get a homemade pie baked by Lisa along with a signed CD. If you’re really ambitious, for $2,000 we’ll be the band for your next house party anywhere in New England.

Head on over to the page and check it out. We’ll be posting here, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube with updates from the studio.

Recording Our Debut Album Next Month?!

Mama's Boomshack recording our debut albumBelieve it or not funkonauts, we’ve hit 2014 and not everybody is hip to funk yet. Who woulda thunk it? Well, let’s see if we can’t fix that…¬†February 15th, we head into the studio to record our debut album of funky soul music. That’s right, the day after Valentine’s Day – because it’s a labor of love people.

So here’s the deal… We’ve got the songs, we’ve got the studio, we’ve got uber producer Jonathan Wyman on board, and we’re only missing one thing… YOU! We’re using Pledge Music to fund half of the recording costs, which allows fans to pledge towards the project and receive some sweet exclusives for their trouble. For instance, you can basically pre-order the album for $10 (digital download), $15 (physical CD), or $20 (signed CD) – you won’t get charged unless we meet our funding goal and then you’ll automatically get the album how you want it when we’ve finished. Simple.

There’s also a bunch of other cool stuff you can get into like photos from the studio ($35), handwritten lyric sheets ($50), signed drum heads ($60), getting your name in the liner notes ($75), a burger date with our trombone player “Burger” James Hebert ($85 and that includes food), a freshly baked homemade pie from our saxophone player Lisa ($150), custom Valentine’s Day video for that special someone ($350), or a full band house party anywhere in New England ($2,000). All of which also include a digital download of the album plus updates along the way.

Updates you say? That’s right… We’ll be posting information along the way leading up to recording and during the session as well. There’s also some downloads that will be available only to pledgers – demo or live versions of songs that will then wind up on the album.

So go ahead and check out the project page, pledge, and spread the word!

New Video On YouTube – “Sing A Simple Song”

Hey funkonauts! We’ve been taking a break from writing new songs every now and again to edit some video from past shows and posting the results on our YouTube channel. Below is the result – a cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s classic “Sing A Simple Song” with a shout-out at the end to Maine’s own Rustic Overtones as well. This weekend we’ll be heading back into the woodshed to work on some more new music for y’all – some of which will wind up on our debut album. If you’d like to be part of the recording process, then go ahead and pledge to help fund our project to receive updates and other exclusives. Thanks for all the support!

We’re Recording Our Debut Album – And YOU Can Help!

studiophotoGreetings funkonauts! It’s a beautiful day here at the ‘shack, because it’s time for us to throw some love and music your way. After a few years spent refining a groove that’s launched a thousand booties, we’re recording our debut album! Better yet, YOU can be our record label.

We’re using Pledge Music, which is a great way for fans to be involved with the recording process. You can pledge to help us make the album and be rewarded with exclusives, depending on how much you pledge. If you go to our page, you’ll see a list of what we’re talking about on the right hand side. You can start off small by pledging $10 for a digital download of the album when it’s done or $15 for a CD (for the more tactile inclined amongst you). Going from there, the more you pledge the more you get – things like t-shirts, handwritten lyric sheets, signed drum heads, a burger date with “Burger” James Hebert (he’s buying), a disposable camera full of photos that we’ll take at the studio, a homemade pie baked by Lisa, a personalized Valentine’s Day video from us to whoever you choose – all the way up to your own private house party show.

In mid-February, we’ll be heading into the Halo with producer Jonathan Wyman to lay down some funky soul tracks. YOUR pledges are going to help us record this album with one of the best producers at one of the best recording studios out there. We may not have a record label or an agent, but we do have lots of people who love old-school funk and soul.

In a very real sense, YOU are going to help make our dreams come true.

So what can you do? The best thing you can do is pledge to help us make this album. After that, start spreading the word to your friends, family, enemies, milkman, pizza delivery guy, and random strangers you encounter. Point them to our page at PledgeMusic.com, tell them to sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter – whatever works best for them. And THANK YOU for all the support from the past few years – there’s no way we could do any of this without you!