Meet the Boomshack – John Berce

johnThis month, it’s all about the bass – because you can’t have the funk without that thump baby.

Holding down the bottom is a bit of a thankless job – sort of like an offensive lineman in football or whoever has to make up for Keanu Reeves’ stunning lack of acting ability in every scene – and nobody does it better than our own John Berce. A Boomshack fixture since the beginning, John can be counted on for two things without question – keeping the groove steady and buying a new bass every couple of months in the neverending search for the perfect sound.

Without further ado, here it is in his own words…

The best song you’ve listened to in the last 24 hours…. Gary Clark’s Outro

Your desert island top 5 albums are….¬†The Beatles “The White Album”, Tedeschi-Trucks Band “Revelator”, anything by Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis “Kinda of Blue”, and Derek Trucks Band “Songlines”

Favorite gig experience of the last year…. Bull Feeney’s after being hospitalized

If you could open for any band/artist – past or present – who would it be?….¬†Phish, playing to a crowd that size and with that *mood*, would be great!

Most amusing moment to happen during/before/after a gig in the last year…. James’ sack o’burgers and a bad decision

Most embarrassing moment to happen during/before/after a gig in the last year…. showing up for gig without PA head

If I had a million dollars I would…. retire and build guitars

How do you take your funk?… Bubbly, Bootsy-style

The one thing you want the whole world to know about you is…. I invented the internet and Al Gore stole my idea!

Hear Us Now, Funk Us Later In June

Good morning Funkonauts!

Let’s get this thing started out on the good foot, shall we? Lots of thanks to everyone who has been coming out to our shows. As much as we all love playing music, it’s always better when we can see y’all gettin’ down in front of us, having a good time. We truly appreciate all the kind words and the support over the last year.

Speaking of which, this June marks the Boomshack’s first year of playing out live! We’re going to be celebrating big time this coming Saturday night at The Run Of The Mill in Saco. We’ll be out on the patio (keep yer fingers crossed for good weather) getting the crowd moving. If you’ve never been over to The Mill before, there’s plenty of room to dance and lots of good craft beer on tap. Get there early and help us get the party started right at 9pm. No cover, no excuses. Joining us for this great night on guitar will be an original member of the ‘Shack, Scott Morgan.

The rest of the month is going to be a busy one as well. The weekend after next, we’ll be at Bray’s Brew Pub in Naples for Funky Friday June 8th (no cover). We’ll be at Mr. Goodbar in Old Orchard Beach on Thursday June 14th (21+ and $5 cover) – this is a new venue for us and we’d love to see all your smiling faces in the audience to support us. Then we’ll be at Gingko Blue in Portland on Funky Friday June 22nd (no cover) for all you Old Port aficionados. Also, if you’re finding your way up to The Maine Blues Festival on Father’s Day weekend, you’ll be able to catch Sam and John playing on Friday and Saturday – more information once we find out venues and times.

Again, thanks for coming out and we look forward to seeing y’all very very soon. Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates.

Boomshack To Brushes With Anthony

In case y’all haven’t noticed, we’ve got some pretty dang talented folks hanging around in this here humble little funk band. Why, just last week James was entertaining us with his famous flaming poodle juggling trick* and we have it on good authority that John can do Serbian sign language with his feet.

Which is why it’s no surprise that our drummer, Anthony Marino, is getting lots of attention lately for his painting. The clip above is from a Portland community TV station that recently featured Anthony, and we even got a bit of a shout out as well. Give it a look and then go check out Anthony’s art at

* Seriously, you think we’d actually light the poodles on fire? C’mon… James only juggles non-fiery poodles.