NAMM JAM 2019 THE FUNKIN TRUTH feat. 2018 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leo Nocentelli, Bill Dickens, Felix Pollard, and Albert Margolis

Leo Nocentelli

LEO NOCENTELLI, Master Guitarist, Composer and the creator and Innovator of Syncopated Funk wrote one of the most internationally noted, Grammy inducted songs for the iconic and legendary Pioneers of funk THE METERS, called, " CISSY STRUT" and is known as the most sampled guitarist of all times, in addition, to being a 2018 GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD recipient and a four time ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME nominee.

As well as, the many accomplishments and achievements, with and for THE METERS, Leo has performed, composed, recorded and toured with such great and iconic artists, such as, PETER GABRIEL, PAUL McCARTNEY, ALLEN TOUSSAINT, ETTA JAMES, HARRY CONNICK, JR., GEORGE DUKE, STANLEY CLARKE, PATTI LABELLE, ICE CUBE, QUEEN LATIFAH, JAY Z & many, many more.

Leo Nocentelli is known as the “funkiest, fast-fingered” guitar player of today and has been credited as one of the 50 top guitarist in the world of ALL TIMES and has written more than 400 songs, many of which were recorded by definitive artists such as, Peter Gabriel, Harry Connick, Jr., George Duke, Etta James, Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, the Neville Brothers, Z.Z. Hill, Albert King, Patti LaBelle, Ramsey Lewis, Otis Rush and Trombone Shorty.Leo in continuing to develop his style with varied elements that cover blues, rock, rap, jazz and hip/ hop, but, still considers himself mainly a funk musician.

Leo has performed from coast to coast across the U.S., including appearances at the New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as, international tours, including, Tokyo & Osaka, Japan, Sao Paulo, Brazil and other European, spots.

Leo’s, solo, musical compositions and contributions has continued to evolve, with personal appearances on stages and TV shows alike including “Saturday Night Live!”, along with the recognition and special guest invitations by the major musical directors of , JIMMY FALLON with THE ROOTS BAND, CONNAN O’BRIEN SHOW with JIMMY VIVINO & BAND and special guest invitation, to perform live with PAUL SHAFER, and the CBS ORCHESTRA on LATE NIGHT with DAVID LETTERMAN and the FUNK continues on....

Bill "The Buddah" Dickens

US electric bass guitarist.

Felix Pollard

Felix ‘D-Kat’ Pollard a drummer whose propulsive style and versatility have enabled him to play alongside some of the greatest musicians in the world. His roster includes Lionel Richie, Anastacia, Shelia E., George Duke, Chaka Kahn, The Staple Singers, Jessica Simpson, Brian Culbertson, Phil Upchurch, Clay Aikens and a host of others. There is no doubt that Felix is one of the most sought after percussionists in the music industry.
A versatile drummer, Felix is impossible to pigeonhole as just a specialist in one or two areas. His versatility allows him to play everything from pop to jazz to gospel and rock. Weather Buddy Guy or Destiny’s Child, his talent is recognized by the best in the business. It’s this talent that landed him his current position as a drummer touring with Taylor Hicks, the 2006 American Idol winner.

Felix is not only a drummer extraordinaire he’s also an extraordinary person. His talents were obvious at an early age. From the time he was two he was banging away on anything in sight.

Albert Margolis

Albert is a musical chameleon who has dazzled listeners in over 1000 live performances and lent his fleet-fingered keyboard and piano work to numerous musicians in their studio recording sessions. The list of performers Albert has worked with is a Who's Who of significant artists and songwriters whose careers span the past 40 years. Artist such as Leo Nocentelli (The Meters, the legendary New Orleans Funk quartet that received Grammy's lifetime achievement award in 2001.), Richard Street (The Temptations), Ivan Neville (Rolling Stones), The Drifters, Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers), John Avila & Johnny Vatos (Oingo Boingo), Joe Louis Walker, Karl Denson, Darryl Johnson (The Neville Bros./ Daniel Lanios), Tony Braunagle (Bonnie Raitt / Taj Mahal) and Evan Stone (John Tesh).

Resurrection Road

Damon Dae
Any singer worth their salt was influenced by the greatest entertainers of eras gone by. Most have taken
these inspirations to unique heights of flattery and imitation but nothing more. Its time for a new day.
Damon Dae. Original. Uniquely his own.
With his easily identifiable sultry tenor voice, he is destined to find his place in history amongst the best.
He has the ability-- a gift really-- to take a melody and make you soar, make you submit and make you
sing along.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, eight year old Damon, the youngest of four, and his family, moved to Fort
Worth, Texas. This is where he was first influenced by attending his big brother Raymond’s band
audition. Now in Los Angeles, Damon is not only an experienced singer but has branched out as a
songwriter & producer.
Not one to hide behind studio tracks, give Damon a microphone and a live audience and see a complete
entertainer. When he sings it, he means it. He'll make you dance up a sweat then melt you with a ballad.
Leaving you as raw emotion sensitive to the touch.
Damon embraces his influences of Jeffery Osborne, Freddie Jackson, James Ingram, Luther Vandross,
Peobo Bryson, Michael McDonald but, most of all, his songs and voice are of the original Damon Dae. He
has weathered the trials and tribulations of the average up-and-coming performer and has emerged as
something more. He's a polished professional who's ready for his close-up. Giving you something you
can feel.

Jed Ojeda
Founder of The Mint in 1990, Jed helped ignite an otherwise non-existent music scene in Los Angeles,
helping the likes of Macy Gray, Ben Harper, The Wallflowers, and many, many others to become the
artists they are today. Jed also is a musician/guitarist/songwriter who joined musical forces with Damon
Dae to create “Resurrection Road”. The mission? To resurrect Soul music for soul. Originally a blues
player, Jed was able to absorb the many styles that made their way through the hallowed stage of The
Mint over the years, to create a sound of his own. The result is the fresh soulful sound you will hear with

$17 advance/ $23 day of show


  • Resurrection Road - 10:15
  • Leo Nocentelli - 11:15

2018 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient


Rope-a-dope recording artist -  Bassist:  Bill Dickens 
Felix Pollard (Drums)
Albert Margolis (Keys)


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