Funksgiving with Freekbass
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Freekbass was an only child who initially wanted to be a magician. He later developed his own obsession for cartoon superheroes and comic books, relating to the underlying themes.
Living in Cincinnati exposed Freekbass to genres of music he may have missed otherwise. While most kids were listening to Nirvana and Green Day, he connected with the bottom-heavy sounds coming out of the boom boxes like Zapp and Midnight Star. While working in a music shop to pay off his first electric bass he had in lay-away, he began to study the classics of Larry Graham, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Parliament and Bootsy with a bass in one hand, and an MPC2000 in the other.
Freekbass has released six full-length CDs, including “Concentrate” (available HERE for free download http://freekbass.bandcamp.com/) with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch, and Steve Molitz, and “Junkyard Waltz” which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Also, national music DVD instruction company, The Rock House Method, recently released two Freekbass instructional DVDs “Learn Funk Bass with Freekbass (Level 1 & Level 2) “, and TrueFire.com just released the instructional DVD/download “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know” . In 2010 Freekbass connected with DJ Logic, and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz to form the funktronica trio, Headtronics.
Going into 2015 Freek has a lot of things on the table. He just released his next album , “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real”, which is produced by Duane Lundy (My Morning Jacket’s Jim James/Ben Sollee) and includes P-Funk/Rubberband keyboardist Razor Sharp Johnson, horn man Skerik, and Trey Anastasio Band vocalist/trumpet Jennifer Hartswick . Also, he was a part of this year’s London Bass Guitar Show in the UK giving a master class and performing. Plus he will be doing extensive touring with his mainstay funk group, “Freekbass & The Bump Assembly” which also includes Razor Sharp Johnson (Bootsy’s Rubberband/P-Funk) on keys and synths and Rico Lewis (George Clinton & P-Funk) on drums. And just last month, he signed with the esteemed label Ropeadope, which you can read about by clicking HERE http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/blog-6304-freekbass_signs_with_ropeadope.html
Put together by former Grooveshire members, Chris Scott and Mike Hennel, The Summit is a rock n’ roll super group exploding with some of the country’s most decorated musicians. Fresh off both publishing and licensing deals in Nashville, TN and Scott’s EP collaboration on Burn it Down with former Cage the Elephant Guitarist and Talkbox Rodeo owner, Lincoln Parish, the song writing duo made their way back home during the fall of 2015 to begin writing a new batch of tunes with Cincinnati’s own songwriting extraordinaire, David Hefferon. Magic instantly happened and the trio quickly began writing and polishing a whole new flare of soul-inspired blues rock n’ roll tunes, very reminiscent of modern day songwriting genius, JJ Grey, fused with the vintage tones of iconic English rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Faces and Humble Pie. Accomplished pianist and heavy blues hitter, Chris Bentley, recently joined the band full-time to provide a much needed B3 organ sound to help balance out The Summit’s unmatched eclectic style.
The band gained overnight success during the spring of 2016 with their highly energized performances and were asked to support a stint of regional shows with acts such as the Los Lonely Boys, The Band of Heathens, Tim Reynolds and TR3, and Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.
With the evolution of The Summit’s success, the band invited acclaimed soul-singing duo “Da’Joy” to back up Chris’s insane vocal ability. Both Daria Acus and Melonie “Lady Joya” Kennedy were regular fixtures in Scott and Hennel’s previous rock outfit, Grooveshire.
“It’s a little Black Crowes, a little Humble Pie, and hell of a lot of soul! You may be able to recognize many of this band’s numerous influences in their amazing sound, but one thing’s for sure…you can’t fake soul and this band’s got soul!”
The Summit is currently working on their debut EP at The Studio Nashville with co-owner and engineer, Brooke Sutton and producer, Michael Rhodes (Tempest Music). The band is looking to drop the EP in December 2016, which will feature tracks by award winning blues player, Leo Clarke, Big Machine touring artist, Klaus Luchs and feature the amazing vocals of Lilly Winwood.