The Soul-Soaked Story of Joseph "Smokey" Holman
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.
Jazz in the Park
Tweed Funk met and surpassed all expectations at their performance during the 2013 Jazz in the Park series! They deliver a high-energy and lively performance that is sure to get people on the dance floor. Their energy is infectious!
Marquette Area Blues Festival
Tweed Funk truly rocked the Marquette Area Blues Fest. They had the crowd dancing from the first song. These guys are not only great musicians, they're showmen too!
Q&A with JD Optekar of Tweed Funk
Since its 2010 formation, Tweed Funk has been among the most accomplished and active blues outfits in the Milwaukee area. The perennial WAMI nominee and festival fixture has spread its soulful sound throughout the Midwest this summer, playing some 30 shows since May.
Byron Crossroads Blues Festival
Tweed Funk opened the 4th Annual Byron Crossroads Blues Festival and had the crowd up dancing from the start. Smokey worked the crowd into a frenzy with his great singing and then his dancing and interacting with the fest goers created quite the buzz. We also got so many great comments on JD's guitar and the horn section that we would love to have them return for a future engagement with us!
Chicago Blues Guide - Chicago Blues Festival Review
Fronted by soulful blues singer Joseph “Smokey” Holman, who won a WAMI this year for Best Male Vocalist, the band played their own horn-fueled versions of classics like “Knock On Wood” and originals....Tweed Funk carefully blended soul, blues and R&B with a touch of jazz on the solos from the horn men and the bass player, while guitarist/ bandleader JD Optekar played tasteful blues licks or rollicking rhythms.
Radio Milwaukee 414 Music
It was great to have a set with Tweed Funk for 414 Music. They're obvious a big and full sounding band, but to have this cool acoustic performance with half the band was pretty special.
Big City R&B Magazine, Traverse City Blues Fest Preview
Blues diva Thornetta Davis will be shouting the blues while talk of the industry, Tweed Funk, will provide some sweet soul funk with a hint of blueness.
Friday Night on The Terrace: Tweed Funk
Tweed Funk is a Milwaukee-based band who has been grabbing the attention of many over the past few years, including hitting the Roots Music Report Top 20 Blues Albums Chart for two months and longer.
Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine - Feature
Black Coffee has been played by every band (JD) has been in since it was written, yet no one brings justice to the lyrics better than Smokey with his sultry voice. JD with Smokey had the privilege to perform this song when they opened for Buddy Guy at Purdue University...I encourage you not to pass up the opportunity to see them.
Living Blues Magazine - CD Review - Love Is - page 55
On Fine Wine, the opening track, they provide R&B show band swagger on the strengths of lead vocalist Joseph "Smokey" Holman. Smokey is a seasoned pro, and it shows...His (JD Optekar) All Over You is a fiery freight train that features his exquisite work. Elsewhere, he shows a propensity for slinky funk, powerful blues licks, and overall expertise.
Folk World CD Review - Europe
Smokey has a perfect soul voice, the trio of drums, bass and guitar create the infectious groove and the first-class guest musicians complete the cast. The result is a classic and worth listening to Soul Funk Rock Album.
La Hora Del Blues CD Review
This faultless cd, which shines with deep elegance and good taste from the beginning to the end. GREAT.
Buddy Guy and Tweed Funk Show Review
On Saturday night, blues legend Buddy Guy opened his concert at Loeb Playhouse with a short guitar solo and said that he and the band were going to play so funky, you could smell it. The show opened with Wisconsin act Tweed Funk. Frontman Smokey Holman was charismatic as he danced around the stage in his Sunday-best pastel purple suit.
RockWired Magazine - 25 Guitarists You've Gotta Know
Tweed Funk's JD Optekar is on the cover of the October issue of RockWired Magazine and profiled in 25 Guitarists You've Gotta Know!!!
ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE - Exclusive Interview
Smokey and J.D. Optekar of Tweed Funk talk to ROCKWiRED about their latest release, Love Is, working with producer Greg Koch, and finding the groove that has sustained them as a band.
Vintage Guitar Magazine - CD Review
With J.D. Optekar and producer Greg Koch supplying the guitar oomph, Tweed Funk takes the listener on an aural tour of various soul and blues roads without diluting any of the strength of those various avenues. Whether it's J.B. funk, old-school horn driven R&B, or a simple shuffle, the fellows know how to work it.
Blues Revue Magazine - CD Review - Bringin It
Performing a muscular blend of blues and funk that evokes groups like the Kinsey Report, the Bone Shakers, Funkadelic, Living Colour, and early Red Hot Chili Peppers, this Milwaukee quartet knows how to lock into a groove with equal parts fury and finesse.
Dr. Funkenstein Review of Dancemaker - DJ Corps
Tweed Funk has the setup and chemistry of a classic funk/soul/blues band, with a revitalized sense of creativity and respect for the listener. They understand the importance of making a song catchy, but not just maintaining the same four bars for five minutes. You've got to keep the listeners on their toes, you got to make them want more, make them NEED more, and Tweed Funk does just this with "Dancemaker".
So, are you ready for some funk tonight?
So, are you ready for some funk tonight?
Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine Review of Love Is
The quartet's sophomore outing (7 originals, 3 covers), buttressed by some code-red horns (mainly Jon Lovas and Kevin Klemme), dynamite organist Jimmy Voegeli and guitarist Greg Koch, proves most thrilling on numbers like the salutary shuffle 'Fine Wine', a rhythmic call-out called 'Dancemaker' (that Sam and Dave would have fun with), a Jimmy Reed styled, bluesy advisory titled 'Pick Em Early' (nice gritty guitar courtesy of Optekar) and the appropriately titled 'Fragile'.