I See The Mothership Comin’ – Old Port Festival 2013

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Funkonauts, we’re hyped up because it’s just over 12 hours until we hit the stage for an hour of dynamite! During Old Port Festival 2013 on Sunday June 9, you don’t want to be anywhere else in Portland except at The Big Easy when we unleash the power of this fully operational mothership. We’re going to be covering Parliament’s classic Mothership Connection album in full P-Funk regalia along with hitting some of our own tunes along the way.

Doors open at 11:30 am, music is Noon to 1:00 pm, and it’s only $6 at the door. Stick around after our set for 3 other bands covering albums by Morphine (Moonhawk), No Doubt (Andi Fawcett with Fighting Gravity), and Queen (Clubber Lang). Four bands playing four classic albums for just 6 bucks?! You can’t find that kind of entertainment anywhere else. Come out and get funky with us!

Lots of great music happening at the Old Port Festival, so get down there early and start the day off right with us.

Top 10 Totally Unacceptable Excuses For Not Coming To The Old Port Festival

2013-01-29-bigeasy-web-bigHello funkonauts! Now that June has arrived, it’s time to start thinking about sun, fun, and gathering with a few thousand of your closest friends for Portland’s biggest yearly party – the Old Port Festival. We’ll be joining forces with 3 other bands from this year’s Cover to Cover series to bring back 4 classic albums for a full afternoon of music at The Big Easy. Our set starts the day off at noon when we bring Mothership Connection back to the masses in all its P-Funk glory along with some of our own funky soul music. It’s going to be a good time and the best way to start your Old Port adventure.

However, we’ve heard some unfunky grumbling on the subject, so let’s be sure we set the record straight. Here are the Top 10 Totally Unacceptable Excuses For Not Coming To The Old Port Festival…

10) I have to feed my dog/cat/goldfish…

Drop some extra food in the bowl that morning and then bring ’em back a couple Five Guys burgers – they’ll love you for it.

9) I don’t want to have to deal with parking…

Listen, we feel you on this one – we’ve got an instellar funk-powered starship that James somehow has to wedge into a spot somewhere downtown between a pick-up truck and a Prius that someone parked halfway into another spot… and he can’t parallel park for squat. The garages are still open and everyone should know someone who knows someone who has an extra parking spot within walking distance (there’s a map right here). If you don’t, head out Friday and Saturday night so you can make some new friends. Just don’t start the conversation off with “Hey, you got an extra parking spot?” Things could get awkward really quickly…

8) I’m lame…

No you’re not. In fact, you’re one of the most delightful people we’ve ever met. And if we haven’t met yet, then we’ll give you the benefit of the doubt solely based on all the nice things we’ve heard about you.

7) I’m awesome…

No you’re not dude. Now rein in the ego and go have some fun.

941618_10201012117895783_990928330_n6) I have no idea where I’m going and will be lost like a little bird who’s lost its mother…

Whoa – calm down, we have the perfect solution for you. Meet us down at The Big Easy when the doors open at 11:30 am and proceed right to the bar where Kenya will be more than happy to get a frosty beverage to soothe your jangled nerves. Then, kick back for the next hour as we drop delightful chunks of P-Funk into your earhole along with our brand of funky soul music while you plan the rest of your day. But then again, why bother going anywhere else when you could just hang around and watch another 3 bands in rapid fire succession after we finish up?!

5) It gets a little crazy down there…

Okay, fine. So there’ll be thousands of people roaming the streets of Portland. So a few of them will have punched above their weight when it comes to alcohol. So a very few will want to hug you at completely inappropriate times. It’s the middle of a Sunday afternoon, so chances are better than average that things will work out fine. Besides, that little deal that they had up in Woodstock with thousands of people seemed to work out okay? Well, the original – not the last one. But that was mostly Limp Bizkit’s fault and they’re not going to be anywhere near Portland. So the worst you’re looking at is Chris stumbling out of the whiskey tasting tent and giving you a big, sweaty drummer hug. Hey, some places in the world, that’s the height of decorum!

4) I need something really special to get me out of the house…

How about all of Parliament’s classic album Mothership Connection performed by us in full P-Funk regalia? Yeah, the costumes are making a comeback and we’re not holding anything back this time.

3) It’s too hot out…

Did we mention that The Big Easy is fully equipped with this new-fangled invention called “air conditioning”? It’s like a cross between Christmas and a basket full of absinthe-filled Easter bunnies with a side of peeps. We’re anxious to try it out.

2) I’m broke as a joke…

When was the last time you got 4 hours of entertainment for six bucks? Dang, you can’t even go see a matinee movie for that – and even then you’ve gotta sneak in some snacks while hoping those Raisinets don’t melt to your inner thigh. Get to The Big Easy at 11:30 am and then park yourself there for the rest of the day. We start the show at noon with Mothership Connection. Following us is Moonhawk performing Morphine’s Cure For Pain, then Doubting Gravity playing No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom album, and finishing up with Clubber Lang performing Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack. Four classic albums for under ten bucks – you can’t score that at your local record store’s bargain bin, and you get change back!

1) No one invited me…

Well, we just did – so don’t be that kid! C’mon down and get funky with us!

New Big Easy Videos

Morning Funkonauts! Hope y’all are ready to get on over the hump this Wednesday. If not, here’s some funky video goodness from our show at The Big Easy back in January to help you out. First up, we have one of our original tunes called “Nothing More To Say”, which features Lisa Brundage on lead vocals and Alex Cardamone on trumpet…

Then, we have the beginning of our Mothership Connection set, “P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)” which featured a whole bunch of solos, but specifically our special guest that night on keyboards, Michael Beling…

Funky Friday at Bull Feeney’s Tonight!

Don’t let the rain ruin a perfectly good Funky Friday! Throw on a raincoat, grab an umbrella – whatever you need to do – and get on down with us tonight.

We’re back at Bull Feeney’s in Portland tonight and, as always, it’s gonna be a party in the Old Port. As usual, there’s no cover on Funky Friday, so that means you’re fresh out of excuses funkonaut. Grab two or three of your friends and make your way down to Fore Street to party with us. Music drops at 9:30 pm and continues until we all get kicked out – dig?

Right now, we’re booking more shows and looking forward to taking some time off in October while we gear up for our return to The Big Easy on Saturday November 3rd. For those of you keeping score at home, our first ever gig was playing The Big Easy back in June of 2011 – we were grateful for the chance they gave us back then and we’re super excited to have another show where we’ll be rolling out all the new original material along with some crowd-pleasing favorites. Thanks again for the support and be sure to check in with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Support Local Music – Go Big (Band), Or Go Home

In our very brief time here on this cosmic plane, we’ve been privileged to share the stage with some very talented folks – two of whom are involved in some pretty slick happenings this week. Perhaps you heard of this little ruckus at the State Theatre last December when The Fogcutters backed up some of the best and brightest of the Maine musical scene for one night. If you didn’t, then all is not lost – recordings exist and there’s still a chance to get your edumacation in.

Yesterday, The Fogcutters dropped their debut album on the world – Big Band Syndrome Volume 1. Featuring our very own James Hebert and masterminded by Brian Graham (of Sly-Chi) and John Maclaine (who’s been gracious enough to jam with us a couple times), the disc is already getting rave reviews. In fact, we got namedropped in this one right here – damn near made Anthony blush.

Support local music and get your copy now by dropping by the record store (or whatever you wish to call it these days) or get a digital download. And while you’re at it, stop on by The Big Easy this coming Saturday night for their CD release party and cheer James on. You know he loves the attention…

Much Gratitude

First and foremost, all the members of the Boomshack would like to thank all the funkonauts who have been coming out to our shows. All of you getting down with us during the show and the kind words afterwards make this whole thing a lot of fun. So, from the bottom of our funky little hearts we thank y’all – if it weren’t for the restraining orders, we’d give every single one of you a big sloppy kiss on the cheek.

Second, we’d like to extend a special thanks to the folks at Bray’s Brew Pub – Mike, Sonja, and the entire staff. Back when we were getting this deal off the ground a year ago, the good folks in Naples were one of the first to sign us up and give us a place to jam. Since then, we’ve been back a whole bunch of times – outdoors, indoors, snow, rain, and sunshine – and it’s always been a good time. Also, we’d like to thank the folks at The Run of the Mill in Saco who hold the distinction of being the very first folks to give us a gig way back when. In between, it’s been a series of smiles with all the kind people at The Big Easy, Empire Dine & Dance, Bull Feeney’s, Kelley’s Row, Gingko Blue, Jimmy The Greeks, The Press Room, The Church, Federal Jacks, and Montsweag Roadhouse. Thank you for giving us a listen and a place to share our music.

So let’s get to third before things get a little too out of control, shall we? Third, thanks to all the folks who have been hanging with us through this whole process. To Scott Morgan – a bona fide original member of the Boomshack who recorded our awesome demo and has been jumping in with us on gigs ever since. To John Mclaine – one of the driving forces behind The Fogcutters who has been kind enough to share the stage with us a couple times. To Alex Cardamone – our favorite funky trumpet player who has been good enough to hang with us throughout the last year. To Chris Marro – for banging out the beat on gigs with us. And to the folks like Jim Robins and Sayid Brent who sat in with us a bit – dang, it was fun.

After a year, it’s been a blast funkonauts… and we’re looking forward to the coming year even more. Stay funky my friends.

What You Missed At The Big Easy

For those who made it out to The Big Easy this past Saturday night – thank you very much. We’d also like to thank Ken, Eddie, and all the staff at The Big Easy for making it such a great night and a great place to play.

Now, if you didn’t get a chance to get out Saturday, we’ve got you covered with a couple videos from the show. First up, we have our version of the Baby Huey & The Babysitters classic “Hard Times” (which was more recently covered by John Legend & The Roots on their Wake Up! album). After that, there’s some Headhunters funk with “God Made Me Funky”. Enjoy!