The ethos of Funk You is simple: friends, fun and love. Through their decade-long career, the nine-piece funk and soul outfit from Augusta has developed a comradery that extends even to their national fanbase. Celebrating 10 years together, the group is bringing their characteristic brand of dynamic, syncopated rhythm to Savannah on April 16 at Victory North, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
It’s the kickoff of a seven-show, southeastern tour that will take them to Ashville, North Carolina, on April 17, Gulf Shores, Alabama, on April 22, Atlanta on April 24, Charleston, South Carolina, on April 30, Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 7, and wrapping up with a show in Macon on May 8. Funk You will be playing new music and old favorites, including songs from “Funk You 10th Anniversary Edition,” a partially reimagined, newly remastered version of their 2011 debut album that drops on April 9.
In addition to celebrating their time together, the tour and remastered album pays homage to the group’s current lineup and the addition of their three-man horn section that has added a groovy, new mix of vigorous instrumentation. Fans can listen to two, newly released tracks: “Space Monkey” and “Baby in a Bucket,” now anywhere music is streamed.
Funk You’s “Space Monkey” opens with the bombastic beats of drummer Will Clark. As William Foster slowly rises in on the keys, you are struck with a powerful “Hey!” from lead vocalist Gavin Hamilton. It’s the signal. The funk has risen and the rest of the dynamic, nine-man, groove machine—Evan Miller on Guitar, Palmer Owens on percussions, Mark “Earl” Dykes on bass and vocals, Gnarly G on saxophone, Josh Spilliards on trombone and sousaphone, and Geoff Wood on trumpet and guitar—take the listener on a funky trip, that as the song promises, will “send you soaring through the stars.”
“Baby in a Bucket” gives a softer vibe with a resonant guitar riff that takes the listener on a soulful trance, just before the punctuation of horns and percussion that introduce Hamilton’s vocals. The re-recorded tracks are much more representative of the band’s musical growth over the years, in terms of numbers and capacity.
Ticket’s to the April 16 Victory North show are $20 and can be purchased on the band’s website at FunkYouMusic.com. Also, fans will be thrilled to learn that Funk You will be releasing a new album this fall.