Tweed Funk is nominated for 4 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards (click to vote) for Album of the Year; Song of the Year; Band of the Year; and Best Independent Release. Additionally, in the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee Awards we have 2 nominations with Andrew Spadafora for Best Jazz Musician and Tweed Funk for Best Blues Band. Congrats to all the Nominees! Voting is open till Dec 1st for the Shepherd Express Awards. Get your tickets now to the Radio Milwaukee Music Awards which will be held on December 1st.
Tweed Funk will be on hiatus through the rest of 2016 while front man Joseph "Smokey" Holman finishes his treatment for multiple myeloma cancer. The band plans to return to the concert and festival stage in early 2017. Multiple myeloma is a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells. Normal plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and are an important part of the immune system. Piet Levy of the Journal Sentinel recently wrote a nice article about Smokey. We also want to thank American Blues Scene, TeamRock, Big City Rhythm & Blues, and all of the DJs, press, and fans who have given Smokey support by helping get the word out.
You can pick-up a copy of our latest CD "Come Together" which was dubbed Dan Aykroyd's "blues-breaker" on TheBluesMobile.com radio show; reached #11 on the Roots Music Report Charts; reached #19 on the Living Blues Chart; airplay around the world including BBC Radio; and had numerous fantastic reviews from publications world-wide. You can order your copy directly from Tweed Funk's website or the CD is also available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
Last week Dan Aykroyd aka Elwood Blues had Eric Clapton as his Blues Breaker. This week Tweed Funk is his Blues Breaker! Here is what Elwood had to say: You got your horn section, got your back up vocals, got your powerful singer, got your MONSTER horns, got your rhythm section, you got your big band with a big sound out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ladies and gents, I give you the soulful explosive splendor of Tweed Funk. This is called "Love Ain't Easy."
Tweed Funk's new album "Come Together" reaches No. 11 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Chart for the Week of May 23, 2016 and debuts at No. 19 on the Living Blues Chart for May 2016. Additionally the song 'Come Together' hit No. 4 on the RMR Top 50 Blues Song Chart and the album is garnering praise from early reviews:
On par with Daptone Records soul darlings Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The world is about to tune into what has been Milwaukee's best kept secret. Tweed Funk is a high-powered, horn driven ensemble that has been winner of Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards since their 2010 formation. Come Together is their fourth release on the Tweed Tone label, and is a seamless combination of top tier musicians fronted by an energetic vocalist. - All About Jazz
Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk has been an integral part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues. This Milwaukee, Wisconsin 6 piece soul-blues revue is fronted by Joseph "Smokey" Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70's. Tweed Funk boasts 5 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins since 2012 for the band and its members. In April of 2016 the band released their fourth CD, “Come Together”, consisting of 10 new original tunes. Tweed Funk toured the Midwest and east coast of the United States in support of their new album.
In September of 2016 American Blues Scene Magazine named Tweed Funk as one of 14 ‘New Old Soul’ Acts You Need To Hear Right Now. The article features soul stalwarts Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Leon Bridges, John Nemeth, Vintage Trouble, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and more.
Tweed Funk’s fourth CD, “Come Together”, performed well on the blues charts and received airplay and reviews from around the world. Additionally, the CD crossed-over to non-commercial formats outside of blues radio. “Come Together” reached #11 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Blues Album Chart and #1 on the RMR Soul-Blues Chart; reached #19 on the Living Blues Chart; featured as Dan Aykroyd’s (aka Elwood Blues) “blues-breaker” on the internationally syndicated radio program The Bluesmobile.com; airplay on BB King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM; and Joseph “Smokey” Holman was nominated for a 2016 Living Blues Award for Most Outstanding Blues Singer.
Tweed Funk won the WAMI for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year in both 2015 and 2012. In 2015, Andrew Spadafora took home the WAMI Award for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year; in 2013 frontman Smokey took home the WAMI for Male Vocalist of the Year and Bassist Eric Madunic for Bass Player of the Year. The song "Dancemaker" won Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine's Coolest Blues Song of the Year for 2013.
Tweed Funk has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast including: Bayfront Blues Festival, BBQ in DC, Blues at The Crossroads Festival, Byron Crossroads Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Northwoods Blues Festival, Paramount Blues Festival, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Sioux Falls Jazz Fest, Smokin’ in Steele Fest, Waukesha Bluesfest, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Time Out Pub, Madam’s Organ, Slippery Noodle Inn, House of Blues – Chicago, Jazz in the Park, Summerfest, and many more. Tweed Funk has taken their show on the road playing in 21 different states throughout the USA.
Fronted by Smokey's sweet, soulful vocals, audiences can quickly hear how Smokey was a pick to hit the Billboard Soul Top 20 back in the 70’s on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records with the band Love’s Children. Eric Madunic's passion for Memphis-style soul in the tradition of Donald "Duck" Dunn can be heard in his bass playing and songwriting. Eric also played the organ, keys, guitar, and arranged the backing vocals for Tweed Funk's latest CD. Dave Schoepke, a veteran drummer of the Milwaukee music scene who has recorded and toured with Willy Porter, toured Europe with Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, anchors the rhythm section. Dave is a 2009 WAMI Award Winning drummer and was a significant part of the songwriting process and new direction on Tweed Funk's latest album. Andrew Spadafora on saxophone, leads a 2 piece horn-section which is augmented by the up-and-coming Travis Drow on Trumpet. Andrew has taken home 2 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year (2015 & 2008). JD Optekar has served as the primary lyricist for the band and guitarist as well as introducing 5 of the tracks for the new album.