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2011 RFT Music Awards Winners: Best Jam/Funk Group: Funky Butt Brass Band



Sounds Like: While firmly rooted in the tradition of the New Orleans brass band, FBBB often adds elements of funk, soul and Southern rock during their playful and spirited sets. The infectious bellowing of the horn section and the sousaphone's booming bass-line provide the band's orthodox brass/jazz foundation, while the rhythm guitar and drum kit allow for more flexibility on their less conventional tracks.  The end result is upbeat, feel-good music accessible by all.

Recommended If You Like: Treme Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band

Instrumentation: Drums, guitar, saxophone, sousaphone, trombone, trumpet

Crowd Response: Funky Butt's set on the Main Stage took place during the heat of the day, which undoubtedly had much to do with the relatively thin crowd. But that didn't stop them from having a great time — and it caught on with the audience. Both young and old could be seen head-nodding, toe-tapping and full-on partying during the show.

Year Formed: 2008

Influences: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Bonerama

Do you have any pets? "I have a very cool seventeen-year-old cat named Gabby I took possession of after my mom passed. Gabby's pretty spry for her advanced age; sometimes I'm convinced she still thinks she's still a kitten," says guitarist and vocalist Tim Halpin.

Next St. Louis Show: June 23 at Strauss Park

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