FUNK FEST Punta Gorda This Weekend!

Big Sam’s Funky Nation and The Naughty Professor are two acts that should not be missed! This is the last thread we are releasing before Funk Fest so we will dive into the bio of BSFN and The Naughty Professor then after have more info about the funkin fest.


Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!


The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk. Big Sam began playing with the Dirty Dozen at the tender age of 19 before striking out on his own and creating the Funky Nation. Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in “Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade” the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.

BSFN is a festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN is a favorite on the festival circuit and has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.

BIG SAM WILLIAMS – Trombone & Vocals

ANDREW “DA PHESSAH” BAHAM – Trumpet & Vocals





Naughty Professor is a forward thinking music endeavor pioneered by six young musicians from around the country,

Now anchored in New Orleans, Louisiana. Formed in 2011, the band’s mission was to embody the jazz-influenced party culture of the Big Easy in a constantly evolving, high energy funk/soul outfit. Naughty Professor’s live performances, which weave together complex compositions and loose individual improvisation, quickly commanded the attention of many notable musicians in town, including George Porter Jr., Galactic, and The Revivalists. With fresh recorded material in the works and a rigorous tour schedule planned for 2017 and beyond, Naughty Professor is poised to soon become the next household name associated with the echelon of New Orleans music.

Naughty Professor has shared the stage with artists such as Galactic, Snarky Puppy, Victor Wooten, Rebirth Brass Band, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Revivalists, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Papadosio, George Porter Jr., The Soul Rebels, and many more.

Noah Young, Bass

Ian Bowman, Tenor Saxophone

Nick Ellman, Alto and Baritone Saxophones

John Culbreth, Trumpet

Sam Shahin, Drums

Bill Daniel, Guitar

THE FUNKING WAIT IS OVER! Funk Fest 8 Punta Gorda is back and better than ever!!! 15 bands, 2 stages, 2 days, and more experiences. Funkadelic Threads will be there to cover the 8th year of the festival on March 3rd and 4th 2017!


Tickets: – A portion of each ticket will be donated to United Way Charity


General Admission Weekend Pass $50.00 + fee
Premier Weekend Pass $130.00 + fee
Exclusive Weekend Package $1,500 + fee – SOLD OUT


GA Day Pass $25.00 + fee

VIP Ticket’s include: 
Beer and Wine (ONLY) 
Table and Chairs provided 
Secured Private Stage Access
Cash Liquor Bar 
Improved…VIP Menu from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm 

General Admission: 
NEW… Cash Liquor Bar 
Food Beer and Wine tickets available at Front Gate

Address: 115 Tamiami Trl. Punta Gorda, Fl. 33950.

RSVP on Facebook Here

Funk Fest 8 will be 2 days of Music, Culture, and Pure FUNK! It all starts on Friday March, 3rd with bands hailing from all around the country. Featured bands include Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, The Motet, Here Come The Mummies, Tim Reynolds and TR3, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Fritz, Naughty Professor, Voodoo Visionary, Greg Billings Band, The Black Honkeys, Soulixer, Black Taxi, Das Funk Haus, Walter Lukens and more to be named soon.

*New This Year*

2 Stages, 15 live bands, Indie Market, Food Truck Village, Craft Beers, Boutique Wines, Crazy Good Cocktails, and more.

General Admission is 30 feet closer to the Main Stage
Larger 2nd stage production
Craft Beers and Boutique wines will be offered to both VIP and General Admission Ticket holders
Food Truck Village
Over 15 Vendors
Larger Festival Grounds
VIP Tables under Open Air Tent
VIP Food is provided by Leroy’s Southern Kitchen

*Rules and Restrictions*
You are welcome to bring folding chairs
Coolers are prohibited Outside Food/Beverages are prohibited No large handbags/backpacks are permitted.


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