Tweed Funk has released their music video for "Blues In My Soul" from their new album First Name Lucky. You can now Order the New CD, First Name Lucky, which was released on March 31, 2014. Great reviews are rolling in for the new CD with praise for the entire band, check them out in the Press and Awards section! This horn-drenched, sweat-soaked CD of soul-blues consists of 7 new originals and 4 select covers. Click here to Order our new CD, First Name Lucky or take advantage of a special CD/Limited Edition T-shirt Offer.
Tweed Funk was honored to receive our 3rd consecutive Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Award Nomination for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year and 4th consecutive WAMI Nomination. Tweed Funk was the 2012 WAMI Award Winner for R&B/Artist of Year. Congratulations to our band members on their 2nd consecutive WAMI Nominations: Kevin Klemme for Reeds/Brass Player of the Year and Eric Madunic for Bass Player of the Year! Eric was the 2013 WAMI Award Winner for Bass Player of the Year. In the past 4 years Tweed Funk and it's members have received 10 WAMI Nominations and 3 WAMI Wins. Congrats to all the WAMI Nominees and thank-you to WAMI for recognizing excellence throughout the Wisconsin Music Scene.
The March/April 2014 issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine did a feature on guitarist JD Optekar. DAD BY DAY, MUSICIAN BY NIGHT: GUITARIST OPTEKAR has it all. “The only thing I’m really missing out on is sleep,” he says. - Click here to read the full article.
"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
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!