The Budos BandIt’s never too late to get your funky groove on.  Or so I have been told.. but my recent discovery of a large group of musicians from Staten Island New York called The Budos Band have clearly defined their own funky grooves.  It shouldn’t take a lot to appreciate good music when you hear it, and Budos Band makes it easy for listeners.  Their brand of instrumental soul inspired afro beat music gets the job done.

From the percussion beats of bongos, congas, cowbells and claves to the strong horn section led by trumpets, and a saxaphone, everything is covered.  The Budos Band has a self titled release which will soon be followed by a new album simply titled “The Budos Band II”.  This album is set to be released on August 7th, 2007.  Both are available on Daptone Records.  You can find a couple 45s that the group has released as well.

The Official Website of The Budos Band
Visit the Budos Band at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Jun 30 2007     Toronto Harbourfront Centre – Toronto, Ontario
Jul 05 2007    Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, California
Jul 06 2007    Boom Boom Room – San Francisco, California
Jul 07 2007    High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, California
Jul 08 2007    High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, California
Aug 09 2007    Joe’s Pub – New York
Aug 10 2007    World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 15 2007    Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 16 2007    Ravari Room – Columbus, Ohio
Aug 18 2007    Onopa Brewing Co. – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 19 2007    Beachland Ballrom – Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 22 2007     Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, Massachusetts

Photo By Heather Johnson www.heatherjohnson.comThere’s a buzz going around about two talented songwriters, Dave and Jim, also known as the band Postmark Twain. Influenced by real life experiences, the music produced by this duo sounds great. Their indie pop rock sound is upbeat, filled with positive emotions, which seems to be a good fit for these guys.

Dave and Jim started writing music back in 2006 and recently got a production deal with Shep & Kenny, who are known for their work with such artists as Marcy Playground, Bayside, and Head Automatica. The outcome is a 5 track EP titled “Timing is Everything”, which is available through iTunes. I suggest giving them a listen.

Official Website of Postmark Twain
Visit Postmark Twain at Myspace

Rodney ThurmanI’m quite positive it won’t be long before you start hearing the name Rodney Thurman more and more. This talented singer/songwriter is sure to make a pretty good name for himself. The man hails from Kansas City and is getting his music out there.

Rodney’s working on an EP which will definitely grab some attention with tunes featuring a good mix of acoustic and upbeat guitar driven rock. His song “Paint My Emotions” is a wonderfully crafted song with great melodies.

Official Site of Rodney Thurman

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