We are looking forward to some great gigs ahead of us with shows around Wisconsin, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Rochester, MN - including some new venues for Tweed Funk. Visit our tour dates to see if we are heading your way.
It has been a hot summer of 2015 for the band with great press features on Tweed Funk at Summerfest, Sioux Falls Jazz Fest, and Bayfront Blues Festival.
Summerfest feature on Fox 6 News at 9
Argus Leader Front Page after performing at the Sioux Falls Jazz Fest.
Duluth News Tribune front page of Section B after performing at the Bayfront Blues Festival.
Tweed Funk made the Cover of the February/March 2015 issue of Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine along with the owners of the Slippery Noodle Inn and Tad Robinson (who has multiple BMA Nominations under his belt). This is the 20th Anniversary of Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine and they are featuring 20 Blues Clubs in this Issue (including some of our favorite places to play). It is quite an honor to make our first cover and we hope you will check us out in the upcoming issue by subscribing or picking up a copy of the magazine! Lots of Big News ahead for 2015 - stay tuned! And we will be back at the Slippery Noodle Inn playing on April 10th and 11th!
Additionally, check out the 6 page feature on Joseph "Smokey" Holman in this month's issue (#235) of Living Blues Magazine! A great piece by Steve Sharp that talks about Smokey's early days in Gary, Indiana with The Domestic Four and then being signed to Curtom Records and recording under Curtis Mayfield with Love's Children. Shout outs to Brian "Looper" Lucas and Dennis Tuttle who provided recent photos of Smokey/Tweed Funk for the article.
Tweed Funk's "First Name Lucky" is continuing to receive kudos including being WEFT 90.1 FM Radio's #1 Blues Album of 2014 based on new blues spins for the year. Thanks to all the wonderful DJ's in Champaign-Urbana for this honor and thanks to our team and all the DJs that spun the record this past year!
Here are some of the other Top 2014 Lists that "First Name Lucky" was included on:
- #40 on the Roots Music Report Top 100 Blues Albums for 2014
- #7 on WERU-FM's (Maine) Top 10 Blues/Soul Musicians of 2014
- Soul of Blues Radio Cardiff in the UK Top Blues Albums of 2014
- #50 on Smokestack Lightin's Top 100 Blues CDs of 2014
- #75 on Stingray's (Canada) Top 200 Blues CDs of 2014
Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk's national ascent has been driven by their horn-fueled, Memphis flavored blues, roots, and soul. 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 in the last 4 years for the band and it's members. Tweed Funk has been on the cover of Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine and Smokey has been featured in Living Blues Magazine and on the cover of the Blues Blast Magazine.
Tweed Funk's 3rd CD "First Name Lucky" (March 2014) helped launch the band to new heights. "First Name Lucky" was nominated for a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award in the Soul Blues Album category; nominated for a 2015 WAMI for Album of the Year and Song of the Year for "Blues In My Soul"; debuted on the Living Blues Charts at #11 (April 2014) and the RMR Top 50 Blues Album Chart at #10 (4/11/14); has been featured as Dan Aykroyd's (aka Elwood) "blues breaker" on The BluesMobile.com syndicated radio program; and has received airplay on BB King's Bluesville on SiriusXM as well as over 150+ stations worldwide.
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: Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Byron Crossroads Blues Festival, Paramount Blues Festival, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Buddy Guy’s Legends, 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 the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, New Hampshire, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
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. Andrew Spadafora on saxophone, leads a 2 piece horn-section. Andrew has taken home 2 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year (2015 & 2008).