Plunky & Oneness Available for Festivals, Concerts and Clubs Plunky & Oneness, one of the most enduring and versatile funk, jazz, Afro-fusion groups of all time is currently booking 2006 concert, club, and lecture-seminar performance dates. The group has been described as ?the missing link between Pharaoh Sanders and Kool & the Gang!? Onstage, it?s like John Coltrane meets George Clinton?s P-Funk or Grover Washington with Jill Scott. A festive carnival. A party with a purpose. Led by saxophonist J. Plunky Branch, who has been gigging and touring for over 35 years, Plunky & Oneness is a unique combination: exotic smooth grooves, sax, vocals, African percussion, and electronics. This, along with the group?s infectious energy, moves audiences of all ages to celebrate, dance and shout. Over the years Plunky has produced and released 20 albums of original avant-garde jazz, funk, soul, fusion, gospel and African music. His latest release, Plunky & Oneness of Juju - Live In Paris DVD and double CD has been released in Europe and will be available in the US later in 2006. In July Plunky will release Cold Heat, a new CD album featuring his funk jazz singing, playing and songwriting in collaboration with VA hip-hop producers Setworkrz and Danja Mowf. Plunky & Oneness has performed at numerous festivals, including: three times at the National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia; twice at the Hampton Jazz Festival in Virginia; and at the World?s Fair in New Orleans. The group has toured in Africa and Europe, with headline performances at London and Paris. (Plunky & Oneness of Juju toured in the French Riviera in March, 2006. and plan to return to Europe in November, 2006) They have opened concerts for some of the biggest names in Black music, including: Earth Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle, B. B. King, Ray Charles, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Sun Ra, The Isley Brothers and Roy Ayers. In addition to their performances at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA and at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York, Plunky & Oneness enjoys the intimacy and loyalty of smaller venues in their native Mid-Atlantic region. Plunky & Oneness? members includes: J. Plunky Branch, sax and vocals; Tonya Lazenby-Jackson, keyboards and vocals; P. Muzi Branch, bass; Corey Burch, drums and Sir Fire on electronic percussion. They are also available with featured African master drummer, Asante from Ghana, West Africa who formerly played with Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon and Lonnie Liston Smith.
Bad Habit was formed in October of 2003 as a "Country & Southern Rock Band". Through the years the fans have requested many genres of music which has led them to change their genre to "Variety". With their own style they are like no other acts in the area. Though they have seen changes in the band over the past few years, they have only been for the best. They have become the most popular band in Southside Virginia with their polished sound and professionalism. With each show customized by each venue owners request, they are asked over & over to return. If you are looking for a professional group of individuals to perform for your special event(s) you will not be disappointed. With an extensive reference list and repertoire of songs, Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed!
Based out of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, Atlas is a quintet of eclectic musicians that indulges in melding genres into a single musical monolith. Forming in January of 2005, the band, consisting of Graham Todd (lead vocals), Nate Fender (piano/guitar/backup vocals), Walter Pierce (piano/guitar/backup vocals), Cody Zimmerman (bass), and David Brear (drums), had immediate chemistry and in no time wrote nine original songs. These songs tackle everything, from girls ("My Addiction"), to racism ("Love To Burn"), to religion ("Stare Into The Light") with clarity and insight few bands can emulate. Networking, promoting, and booking at CNU and the wider Newport News/Hampton Roads area, Atlas quickly jumpstarted the campus music scene and established itself as one of the premier local bands. Playing everything from a Tsunami Benefit in Franklin County, the Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, a battle of the bands in Keyport, New Jersey, the Norva, and opening for Uncle Kracker at CNU, Atlas refused to let itself fade into the background. As they work towards completing their full-length debut, "Calypso," Atlas will continue to push musical boundaries, already poised to dominate the Virginia music scene...and beyond.
Illusive Dream is an eclectic alternative rock band, fusing rock, reggae, funk & blues into a signature sound that sparks the interest of every music lover. Illusive Dream's debut album "Eleven" is a much anticipated step forward for the Rock genre.