Saturday 9/12/18: Fox Theatre, Boulder CO w/ Ripe, Zeta June
Thursday 12/13/18: Fox Theatre, Boulder CO--w/ Jyemo Club, Banshee Tree
Saturday 2/2/19: Lost Lake, Denver--"She Got The Funk: An Evening with Denver's Women of Funk and Soul"--w/ Queens of the Galaxy, The Jessicas
Saturday 3/23/19: Funk'n Flannel Party, Nederland CO
Thursday 5/2/19: Fox Theatre, Boulder CO (Album Release) w/ Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda, Hugh Manatee, Verses The Inevitable
Saturday 7/13/19: Nissi's, Lafayette CO 8:00-11:00 PM
Boulder Colorado’s longest-running champions of high-energy, authentic Funk and Soul music, The Pamlico Sound are known for their original, contemporary songs and performances, while drawing inspiration from classic legends like Sly & The Family Stone and Parliament Funkadelic. The joyful interplay between singer Sarah Sariah and frontman/multi-winds player The Reverend EverReady (Will Baumgartner), augmented by the notorious Soul Shouters Horns and anchored to a heavy-duty rhythm section, combine to create an experience that rivals Old South tent revivals—with everyone moving, shouting and shaking in an audience-interactive/theatrical celebration of the uplifting power of Pure Funk'n Soul.
The Pamlico Sound have received enthusiastic coverage in the press, including Marquee Magazine, Westword, Colorado Music Buzz, The Colorado Daily, Yellow Scene and BolderBeat. Winners of the 2016 Oskar Blues/Bolder Boulder Battle of the Bands, their show history to date includes numerous headliners at top-rated venues like The Fox Theatre, Boulder Theater, Cervantes’ Masterpiece and Other Side, the Bluebird Theater, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, and The Walnut Room, as well as headlining the Boulder Hometown Festival, performances at the Upslope Getdown and Broomfield Amphitheater, and multiple self-produced celebrations of their favorite music and musicians called “Funkstravaganzas” at various venues including the Fox, Cervantes’, and Three Kings Tavern. Their most recently organized show, titled “She Got The Funk: An Evening with Denver’s Women of Funk & Soul” and showcasing other up and coming female-fronted and all-female acts, easily sold out Lost Lake in Denver. TPS have co-headlined and shared shows with Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Sunsquabi, March Fourth, Orgone, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Kung Fu, Ripe, The ZAPP Band, Roosevelt Collier, The Magic Beans, Analog Son, Rowdy Shadehouse, Whitewater Ramble, Jyemo Club, Euforquestra, and many more.
The Reverend, Sister Sarah, and the Deacons tell us their upcoming album The Funk Is Not For Sale will be a breakthrough document of the expansive growth the band has experienced since the last TPS release, 2016's JiveChurch. While the biggest jolt comes from the addition of Sarah Sariah's lightning rod vocals and soul-shaking spirit, the album also marks the first recording of the latest and greatest TPS horn section yet, adding the electrifying skills of local heavyweights Sarah Mount (alto sax), Matt Wilkolak (trumpet) and Alex Cazet (tenor sax) to Baumgartner's mainstay baritone and soprano saxes, flute and harmonica. In the rhythm section, longtime member Jimmy G's crispy-crunchy guitar work is now more than ably matched with the wicked bass playing of Doctor G (Gareth Shemesh) and churning keyboards of returning member Greg Leistikow, all tied together with solid fiery precision by the newest member of the PamFam, drummer Andrea Spadafora—who seems to have brought his talents on the kit from his native Italy almost specifically to grace and further energize The Pamlico Sound. All the talent and skills in the world still need great songs to serve—and it's the songs that give The Funk Is Not For Sale its biggest reason for being. From the slated singles to the longer workouts, every track on the album offers maximum message, powerhouse pleasure, incendiary inspiration and generous growth. While TPS will always be primarily purveyors of Funk and Soul, with this album listeners will also be treated to an expanded palette of musical colors, including the Reggae-inspired bridge of Talkin’ To Myself, the Afrobeat overtones on Far From The End, the Blue-Eyed Motown meets Pop Rock feel of Soul Knot, and more.
Scheduled for release to fans old and new, radio, press, and all major platforms on May 2nd 2019, TPS couldn’t be happier or more excited to celebrate that release at the Fox Theatre, their favorite venue which also happens to be in their own hometown—and to be joined in this massive evening by the prodigious talents of their good friends in co-headliners Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda (formerly of Denver, touring out of their recent home in Los Angeles), with support from more friends in the form of Boulder’s rock-fusion monsters Hugh Manatee and the soulful song stylings of the Denver-based collective known as Verses The Inevitable.
In addition to performing the songs from The Funk Is Not For Sale in their own inimitable Gospel of Funk’n Soul style, TPS have also promised to unveil some brand new works to their frenzied fans and newcomers to the Jive Church alike, including the first performances of new material written by none other than Sarah Sariah herself. Sister Sarah’s songs are epic poems drawing on her bone-deep background in Soul, R&B and Jazz—the daughter of saxophonist George Adams, known for his work with jazz legend Charles Mingus and pianist Don Pullen, Sarah’s mother is also an accomplished composer, cellist and singer—and her lyrics and singing recall some of the greatest female talents ever, including the likes of Nina Simone, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday, to name just a few.
Never ones to spoil a surprise by revealing everything in advance, The Pamlico Sound encourage all the faithful and curious to come out and see and hear for themselves why they’re so excited about all this—and for newcomers to the Pamlico Party, to find out just what it means to be Baptized In The Funk and why the Reverend continually exhorts the congregation to “Praise The Funk”, and promises (not without good reason): “The Funk will set you free!”