St. Louis, Mo., bands Gumbohead and the Funky Butt Brass Band will perform their original Mardi-Gras style music at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8, in the gazebo at Pennsylvania Park in downtown Petoskey. The concert is part of the the Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park series presented by presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center, downtown Petoskey, and the Downtown Petoskey Management Board.
Gumbohead started in 1999 and consists of Andy Coco (bass/vocals), Benet Schaeffer (drums/vocals), Tony Esterly (lead guitar), Tim Halpin (guitar/vocals), Ben Reece (sax/vocals), Tom Martin (keyboards/accordions), and Ron Sikes (percussion/rubboard). They have opened for several legendary Louisiana artists including the Neville Brothers, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk, the Dirty Dozen, Terrance Simien, Chubby Carrier, Jon Cleary and Buckwheat Zydeco.
The Funky Butt Brass Band was formed in 2008 by six musicians who respect the New Orleans brass band tradition. Made up of members of Gumbohead, The Feed, Musica Slesa and other renowned St. Louis groups, the FBBB takes traditional New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a funky flavor with a little Motown, Southern rock and a touch of straight-ahead Chicago blues mixed in.
Both bands are making their way up to Northern Michigan for a weekend of music, and will be playing on Saturday at the Blissfest Music Festival.
Tim Halpin, who plays in both bands is originally from Harbor Springs.
"We played in Petoskey a few years ago and had a great time," says Halpin. "We are looking forward to being back in Northern Michigan."
For a complete listing of events, visit www.crookedtree.org. Concert series sponsors include Downtown Petoskey Management Board, Blissfest Music Organization, Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Sunnybank Assisted Living, Flowers by Sky's the Limit, Great Lakes Energy, Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau and Sturgeon River Pottery.
For more about Gumbohead or the Funky Butt Brass Band, see their websites, www.gumbohead.com and www.funkybuttbrassband.com.
Concerts are free and in case of rain, will be moved to the Crooked Tree Arts Center, 461 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey.
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