I just let the music soak in when I hear “Muse” and “Sweet Music” back to back. Both are bathed in a delicious old-skool Stax soul sound, reminiscent of the Mar-Keys. Optekar pours it on Steve Cropper-style, and of course, I can’t help but think of the Memphis Horns when Woolverton and Spadafora do their thing.
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Nominations are out for 2016 and we are honored to have Tweed Funk nominated for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year (Won in 2015 and 2012); Andrew Spadafora for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year (Won in 2015 and 2008); and JD Optekar for Loudest Paisley Shirt of the Year (actually for Guitar Player of the Year a virgin WAMI Nominee). Thanks to everyone who nominated us!! Congrats to all the nominees and check out some of these hot Wisconsin Acts making some national noise in this great article by Piet Levy. The awards show will be held in Appleton at the Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 17th.
Tweed Funk took home the 2015 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year for 2015. This is the second time the band has been honored with this award (2012 Winner). Congrats to all of the Winners and Nominees. Tweed Funk was thrilled to receive 7 WAMI Nominations in 2015. The band and its members were also nominated in the following categories:
Album of the Year - "First Name Lucky"; Song of the Year - Blues In My Soul; Male Vocalist of the Year - Joseph "Smokey" Holman; Drummer of the Year - Nick Lang; Bass Player of the Year - Eric Madunic; Brass/Reeds Player of the Year - Kevin Klemme
Check out Piet Levy's coverage of the 2015 WAMI Winners in the Journal Sentinel.
Visit Blues411 for all of the nominees and winners.
"Your instrument donation has been so wonderful so far, and I've loved being able to use the instruments with patients and their families. I have attached a grid photo of some of the instruments you sent that might also be used as the music therapy photo for the Ronald McDonald house website. I've also attached a few images of me working with the instruments and you sent with patients/siblings. I am working on obtaining more photos, as it has been an ongoing goal to acquire more ways to document music therapy work at CHW- especially now that we have beautiful instruments!
I really appreciate your generous donation. The instruments have made such an impact on my ability to work with patients and provide them with opportunities to play instruments that they would not normally be able to. I will also have an intern starting in the fall, and it will be so great to have good quality instruments for her to work with as well. I will send additional photos as we take them as well." - Meredith Foshag, MT-BC