"With a fascinating story singing with soul greats at both Motown and Stax during it's heyday, Smokey's been bringing his trademark sound to the blues in Tweed Funk." - Click Here to Read the Full Article by R. Leckey Harrison in American Blues Scene Magazine
Wow what an awesome Summer of 2013 for Tweed Funk! It was fantastic to meet new people at our shows in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and as Smokey says: "You are all now members of Tweed Funk Nation!" Tweed Funk is looking forward to the fall as we start working on songs for our next CD and we have some great shows lined-up including: Music Under the Glass Concert Series, Paramount Blues Festival After-party at the Bridge Inn, Buddy Guy's Legends, Untitled Chicago, House of Blues Chicago, Slippery Noodle Inn, and many more! Check out our Tour Dates Section for a list of all of our upcoming gigs.
We have put together our best summer to-date with 22 festival/outdoor concerts and some great club dates in 4 different states! Here is a partial listing of our festivals/concert dates please see our Tour Dates for all upcoming shows.
- UW Madison Memorial Union Terrace Concert
- Willow River Blues and Brews Festival
- Chicago Blues Festival - WCBS Stage
- Chill on the Hill Concert
- Victorian Village Concert
- Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival
- Summerfest - 6 pm Johnson Controls Mid-Gate Stage
- Geneva Ridge Concert
- Victorian Village Concert
- Traverse City Area Blues Festival
- Jazz in the Park Concert
- Wisconsin State Fair - Budweiser Pavilion
- Shorewood Summer Sounds Concert
- Wisconsin State Fair - Charcoal Grill Stage
- Music at the Market Summer Concert Series
- Boundary Waters Blues Festival
- Windhover Center for the Arts Concert
- Byron Crossroads Blues Festival
- Marquette Area Blues Festival
Thanks to our Summer 2013 Sponsors: Lentz Guitars and H&R Block of Jackson, WI
Tweed Funk's members take home 2 WAMI Awards in 2013. Joseph "Smokey" Holman received the 2013 WAMI for Male Vocalist of the Year. Eric Madunic (Tweed Funk, The Orphans) took home the 2013 WAMI for Bass Player of the Year. We want to congratulate all of the other WAMI Nominees and Winners and thank the members of WAMI and the Board for these honors. See our photos section for more pictures from the WAMI Awards.
Tweed Funk and its members are honored to receive 4 WAMI Nominations for 2013. Tweed Funk, the 2012 WAMI R&B/Soul Artist of the Year, has now received nominations in 3 consecutive years. Joseph "Smokey" Holman has received his second consecutive nomination for Best Male Vocalist.
2013 WAMI Nominations
R&B/Soul Artist of Year - Tweed Funk
Male Vocalist - Joseph "Smokey" Holman
Bass Player - Eric Madunic
Brass/Reeds - Kevin Klemme
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry. The 33rd Annual Awards will be held April 14th, 2013 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI. Congrats to all of our fellow nominees who are listed on the WAMI Website.
Tweed Funk's latest CD, Love Is, is earning honors on the Best of 2012 Charts around the US. The CD came is at #1 Blues CD on KZSU Stanford's Chart for the Year, just ahead of Dr. John's latest CD. Love Is made Graham Clarke's Top 10 Blues Albums of 2012 for Blues Bytes! WEFT Radio had the CD at #31 in their Top 50 Blues Albums of 2012! Smokestack Lightnin Radio put Tweed Funk's cover of Magic Sam's What Have I Done Wrong at #47 on their list of Top 100 Blues Songs of 2012. Additionally, Tweed Funk was nominated in the Best Band Category and Best Album Category for a 2013 RockWired Radio Music Award.
Tweed Funk's latest CD has been in the Top 20 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Albums Chart for over 2 Months! The CD has now spent 5+ months on the Chart with excellent airplay on over 170+ stations around the world. Additionally, the CD has been #1 on the Roots Music Report State of Wisconsin Chart for 5+ Months.
Special guest Tweed Funk will be opening for Buddy Guy, on October 20th at the Loeb Playhouse on the Purdue University campus. Buddy Guy is a 6 Time Grammy Winner, inductee into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, and has earned many other awards and kudos for his fiery brand of playing and influence across multiple generations of rock and blues guitarists. The performance starts at 8 pm and tickets are available through Purdue University and Ticketmaster.
The national/international, regional, and local reviews/press keep rolling in for Tweed Funk's new CD, Love Is. Check out the latest reviews by some of the biggest national magazines in our genre including Blues Revue, Vintage Guitar, and Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine! Also great reviews from Milwaukee Magazine, Icon Fetch (mainstream blog), Blues411, Blues Bytes, and many more!
Tweed Funk's latest CD, Love Is, not only is achieving success on the blues charts, but is hitting the charts on college radio and non-commercial AAA formats. The mix of soul, blues, and funk appeals to a wide-ranging audience that is embracing the new CD.
Tweed Funk's CD hits #34 on the Roots Music Report Blues Internet Chart for the week of June 8, 2012. The CD has been hot down south on Smokestack Lightnin where it finished at #3 for the month of June right behind The Mannish Boys and Joe Bonamassa and followed up a strong June showing hit #12 for July; Love Is has spent 3 weeks on KZSU 90.1 FM Stanford Radio's Top 10 Overall Chart reaching #4, and was the #1 Blues Album for the Month of July; Love Is made the Top 25 on 10 Stations reporting to the Living Blues Charts in May; and the tune Dancemaker has spent 7 Weeks on the Wildman Steve Radio Top 65 list hitting #3.
Tweed Funk took home the 2012 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Award for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year! Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!
Formed in the fall of 2010, Tweed Funk has quickly gained recognition nationally with the release of their debut CD, ‘Bringin It’. The band brings an edge to the music of their forefathers by wrapping together blues, soul, and funk in show band style. Tweed Funk has performed at some of the top venues including: International Blues Challenge - Memphis; Buddy Guy's Legends; Purdue University Opening for Buddy Guy; Slippery Noodle Inn; House of Blues – Chicago; Prairie Dog Blues Festival; Paramount Blues Festival; Blues on the Chippewa Festival; Waukesha BluesFest; BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups; River City Blues Society; Summerfest; Wisconsin State Fair; and Famous Dave’s Bluesfest. Additionally, the band toured in the Midwest/South in support of their CD release.
Tweed Funk won the 2012 WAMI for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year. For 2013 frontman Smokey took home the WAMI for Male Vocalist of the Year and Bassist Eric Madunic for Bass Player of the Year. Additionally, Tweed Funk was nominated in 2013 for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year and Kevin Klemme for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year. In 2011 the band was nominated for a WAMI for New Artist of the Year. Frontman Smokey was nominated for a 2012 WAMI for Best Male Vocalist. Tweed Funk represented the Grafton Blues Association at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The band's debut CD, Bringin It, has been played on 150+ different stations worldwide and received great reviews in 10 different countries. Tweed Funk has been a Chicago Blues Guide Hot Pick of the Week on 5 different occasions.
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. JD Optekar’s tasteful guitar lines and roots-rock vocals lend versatility to the band. Eric's passion for Memphis-style soul in the tradition of Donald "Duck" Dunn can be heard in his bass playing. The other part of the successful backbone of the band is Nick Lang on drums whose passion for jazz and blues is on display in his superb pocket-playing style. Add in a hot 2-piece horn section of Jon Lovas and Kevin Klemme and you have a full Memphis style soul-drenched show band!