Orange Blossom Jamboree Pre-Party with The Applebutter Express, Harmonica Man and the Sawgrass Band, funkUs and Wild Root

Orange Blossom Jamboree Pre-Party with The Applebutter Express, Harmonica Man and the Sawgrass Band, funkUs and Wild Root

Fri, April 28, 2017

8:00 pm

Will's Pub

Orlando, FL

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

The Applebutter Express
The Applebutter Express
Some people may discover The Applebutter Express through their new song “Hey My Brotha,” a single from their sophomore project One For The Home Team, which is featured in the Ron Howard film “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon released in October of 2015.

However, the band’s story begins in 2004, when Kyle Biss met his future wife Shannon while working at a record store in Bradenton, Florida. Still a focused bass player, Kyle picked up a ukulele in 2010 and began to write songs, with the idea of singing with Shannon (his then girlfriend) for fun on the couch. Pretty soon the duo began making a name for themselves among the open mic community; in no time, the eclectic, tuneful duo – now known as The Applebutter Express – were the talk of Tampa, Fl. Kyle and Shannon married in 2011, and in 2012 added Joe Trivette on the fiddle. Newest member, Zach Rogers (bass) joined in 2015.

Since then, The Applebutter Express has performed at such prestigious festivals as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Hulaween, Suwannee Springfest, and many others.

Besides their newest, One For The Home Team, Applebutter Express has released one prior full length album; the prolific foursome has a third album already in production.
Harmonica Man and the Sawgrass Band
Harmonica Man and the Sawgrass Band
Blending elements of Bluegrass, Psychedelic Rock, and New Orleans swing, the HM&SB brings a sound rooted in Americana with dynamics that seek to defy genre
funkUs
funkUs
funkUs is one of Orlando's most prolific and enduring bands. Dubbed "flavor rock" and declared "a guilty pleasure" (Orlando Weekly), their "groove heavy precision" (Orlando Sentinel) and often surprising blend of musical genres have inspired audiences statewide to move, groove and gather since 1998.

With 6 CD releases including contributions by many top Orlando/Tallahassee musicians with a notable cameo by Tom Constanten (formerly a member of The Grateful Dead), they continue to perform regularly coast to coast throughout Florida at premier music venues and festivals including the Bear Creek Music Festival (2009, 2011), the Orange Blossom Jamboree (2010-2011), Jambando In The Park (2010-2012) and many others. funkUs is also one of the founding members of Jambando in Orlando, Florida and has recently shared stages with Soulive, Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet, Railroad Earth, The New Mastersounds, The Lee Boys, Zach Deputy and Consider the Source.

Their latest CD highlights the most musically adventurous incarnation of the band to date and marks 14 years as Florida's commercially challenged purveyors of flavor rock.

Toni Brown, author, musician and former publisher/editor of Relix Magazine, writes: "funkUs fits neatly into the eclectic jamband musical melting pot. The band possesses powerful blues leanings and intense R&B and funk rhythms. With an emphasis on meaningful songwriting and free-form jam exploration, their songs range from quirky and catchy to emotionally moving. The combination results in highly danceable, energetic grooves that reach dizzying, intoxicating highs or soothing, spiritual lows."
Wild Root
Wild Root
Funky Soulful Fusion from Sarasota inspired by: Florida, the so-called "Land of Flowers," that I had so long waited for, wondering if after all my longings and prayers would be in vain, and I should die without a glimpse of the flowery Canaan. But here it is, at the distance of a few yards!--a flat, watery, reedy coast, with clumps of mangrove and forests of moss-dressed, strange trees appearing low in the distance.
Orange Blossom Jamboree
Orange Blossom Jamboree
Orange Blossom Jamboree a.k.a. OBJ is a multi-day music and art festival in Brooksville, FL. The Dates for OBJ #8 are May 18-21 2017. More info, line-up and ticket purchase can be found at www.OrangeBlossomJamboree.com
Venue Information:
Will's Pub
1042 N. Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL, 32803
http://www.willspub.org/