Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that it will partner with Grey Area Productions to present Big Sam’s Funky Nation on Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 p.m. at the Rex Theater as part of the 4th annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.
Hailing from New Orleans as the former trombone player of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Sam always entertains audiences with his exhilarating brand of high-voltage funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop, termed “Noladelic Powerfunk.” The San Francisco Chronicle asserts “[Big Sam is] the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Accompanying Big Sam are Andrew Baham on Trumpet/Vocals, Joshua Connelly on Guitar, Chocolate MILK on Drums and Jerry Henderson p/k/a Jblakk on Bass. Together, BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION engages and delights audiences across the country with their high energy performance and showmanship. Big Sam’s Funky Nation has wowed crowds at major festivals and events, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Gathering of the Vibes, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jam Cruise and countless others. According to the Associated Press, “Big Sam’s Funky Nation, one of New Orleans’ most energetic brass bands, had a crowd of thousands on its feet at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.” BSFN has also been featured on “LIVE! with Regis & Kelly,” and more recently, in HBO’s original series, “Treme,” where the band performs one of their songs for a Mardi Gras event, and Big Sam plays himself in multiple episodes, including scenes with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint as they recorded the acclaimed Grammy-nominated album, River in Reverse.
Grey Area Productions is extremely proud to continue its eight year relationship with Big Sam in Pittsburgh. A Big Sam show is one not to be missed, and will, as Jambase has noted, “bring a straight raw party” that the audience will talk about for ages to come.
About the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival
The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The fourth annual festival will be held June 20–22, 2014 in the heart of Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District. PJLIF consists of three days of free jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages. PJLIF attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country. The Festival features local, emerging, and national and international musicians in a variety of performance settings, including outdoor performance stages and indoor performance locations within local restaurants, coffee shops and galleries. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/JazzLiveFest.
Grey Area Productions is a full-service concert production company providing top-quality service to artists and their fans alike since 2007.