October 4, 2018

JOIN US, WON’T YOU?

If you want to find out more about us and where we’re playing next, this is a great place to start. But you can also keep tabs on us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you have photos or videos from one of our shows, we hope you’ll share them with us. We love making new friends and getting feedback on our performances, but mostly we just like looking at ourselves. There are a lot of great shows coming up to wrap up the year, and our 10th annual Holiday Brasstravaganza is seemingly right around the corner. We’ll be doing our usual holiday thing at Off Broadway on Friday, December 14th and Saturday, December 15th, with a kids’ matinee on Saturday afternoon. This year, to celebrate our 10th year, we’re adding another kids’ matinee and early evening show on Sunday, December 16th. As 2018 glides to a finish, we hope to see you soon!

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July 21, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

We’ll be hitting the road the weekend of July 27-29, and if you’re anywhere close to Chicago or chilling up in northern Michigan, we hope you’ll come see us. We’ll be at Club Arcada in St. Charles, IL on July 27th, heading up to play a barn concert at Lavender Hill Farms in Boyne City, MI on July 28th, and closing out the weekend at Evanston Rocks in Evanston, IL on July 29th. Tickets are going fast for all three dates, so click the links at right to grab yours ASAP. Hope to see you up north!

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June 11, 2018

SUMMER OF LOVE

We love summer (see what we did there?), because despite humidity that makes the Amazon rainforest say “Daaaamn,” we get to play a lot of outdoor shows and new venues. Take this summer, for example: You can come see us on the occasional Wednesday at 1818 Chophouse in O’Fallon, Illinois, somewhere we’ve never played before. Or you might opt to catch us at Summer Gras, an annual halfway-to-Mardi-Gras event at Old Rock House on June 30. If your Fourth of July plans haven’t fully materialized, grab a blanket and come to the Missouri Botanical Garden for our Whitaker Music Festival performance. Provided you’re not tired of us by then, you could also visit Eckert’s Farm in Belleville and see us on July 6th. Finally, if you have friends in the Chicago area, we’ll be at Club Arcada in St. Charles, IL on July 27 and at Evanston Rocks on July 29, with a trip to play a summer concert series at Lavender Hill Farm in Boyne City, Michigan in-between. Wherever you see us, we appreciate your support and will always keep you apprised of future gigs right here on this very website!

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May 7, 2018

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR A BOIL!

On Saturday, May 12th, Ballpark Village does the crawfish thang! The 5th Annual Crawfish Festival at the Budweiser Brew House Beer Garden is back again, featuring all-you-can-eat crawfish, great beer specials, live music by Funky Butt Brass Band, giveaways and more. It’s the perfect festival for all ages. Don’t miss your chance to experience a taste of New Orleans right here in St. Louis. Get your tickets at https://ticketf.ly/2IrWFb8.

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March 8, 2018

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE…

Spring has more or less sprung, and that means time for our annual friend-fest at Jazz At The Bistro. On March 9th and 10th, we took the stage at our fair city’s premier jazz club with special guests galore and a whole bunch of new and new-ish tunes. The very special weekend featured Roland Johnson (Friday only) in his first performance with us outside our holiday brasstravaganza; the lovely and talented Anita Jackson, who graced the stage with us last year; and El Monstero’s Jimmy Griffin, making his debut with us and rocking the Bistro to its core. We were also lucky to have Dave Grelle on keys, Derick Tramel on baritone sax and flute, and the inimitable Matt Henry on percussion. Give it a listen on our MUSIC page or check out the sidebar to the right!

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February 6, 2018

OH, YES, IT’S CARNIVAL TIME!

They’re still saying St. Louis has the third largest Mardi Gras celebration, after New Orleans (duh) and Mobile. We can’t vouch for that statistic, but we do know it’s a crazy, funky, cool, raucous time of year. And it’s here! Look for us here and there during the big Mardi Gras party — at the Blues City Deli on Thursday, February 8 at 6 pm, the high-tone Mayor’s Ball at City Hall on Friday, February 9 at 7 pm (with our friends Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players), at Beale on Broadway on Parade Day, Saturday, February 10 at 3:30 pm (with a whole host of local talent) and wrapping things up with our annual Fat Tuesday show at Broadway Oyster Bar (with the Boudin Brothers Band). Grab your feathers, throw on your beads, lace up those dancing shoes and we’ll see you at Mardi Gras!

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January 3, 2018

NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS!

Holy cow, it’s 2018. The good news is, it’s no longer 2017. That year kinda sucked, if we can be honest with you. So now it’s time to set some new goals, and we don’t mean the gotta-lose-weight-gotta-lay-off-the-booze-gotta-buy-the-wife-flowers-more-often kind of resolutions, although all of those are certainly worth shooting for. We’re talking about loftier goals, like cooler and smarter heads in government, actual equality for all humans, and real help for those less fortunate than ourselves. From a band perspective, those lofty goals might include more shows, more travel and maybe even a new record by summer. Here’s hoping we all strive to attain our goals, and that you, dear friends, enjoy a 2018 full of peace, love and music.

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November 16, 2017

CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE.

At least our new Christmas record is! We are very excited to announce the arrival of “A Funky Butt Family Christmas,” featuring eight of your holiday favorites performed by some of St. Louis’s premier artists. We are blessed to have an amazing extended musical family, and honored to have them contribute to this record. It features vocal performances by Emily Wallace, Brian Owens, Al Holliday, Roland Johnson, Big Mike Aguirre and Steve Ewing. Other very special guest performers include Dave Grelle, Matt Henry, Derick Tramel, Ben Reece, Matt Brinkmann, Emma Tiemann and Andy Hainz. The CD is available at all upcoming gigs and is coming soon to iTunes and CDBaby.com. Thomas Crone of St. Louis Magazine was kind enough to write a feature article about the record and our holiday shows. Our Holiday Brasstravaganzas are scheduled for December 15 and 16 at Off Broadway, with a kids’ matinee on the afternoon of the 16th. Tickets are going fast, so grab yours now!

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October 24, 2017

WINTER IS COMING

We know what you’re thinking — hey, hold on now, it’s not even “fall back from Daylight Savings Time” yet! True, but like most things, it’ll be here before we know it. And winter means one important thing to us — another Holiday Brasstravaganza (our 9th) at Off Broadway! Shows are Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th, with a kids’ matinee on Saturday afternoon. We are putting the finishing touches on our brand-new Christmas record, which will be available at those shows and features some very special guest performers: Emily Wallace, Dave Grelle, Brian Owens, Big Mike Aguirre, Al Holliday, Matt Henry, Derick Tramel, Matt Brinkmann, Ben Reece, Roland Johnson and Steve Ewing, along with newcomers Emma Tiemann on violin and Andy Hainz on cello. Sure, mid-December isn’t exactly right around the corner — all we’re saying is, it’s not too early to get your tickets. Because it just might sell out, and you don’t want to miss this show.

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July 15, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

We throw a little holiday party every year at Off Broadway, a just-right-sized club in St. Louis, and invite a number of our friends to join us to play and sing Yuletide songs. It’s turned into kind of a must-see event, with sold-out crowds in their pajamas singing along and really digging the holiday spirit. About five years ago, we put out an EP of some of our favorite songs, and we thought it was high time to do it again. So we’ve been working this summer on bringing our special guests into the studio, and are very close to having a second as-yet-untitled holiday record. We couldn’t be more excited — it’s been so much fun recording with Emily Wallace, Big Mike Aguirre, Roland Johnson, Al Holliday, Steve Ewing, Dave Grelle, Matt Henry and Derick Tramel, and we can’t wait to get it all wrapped up. Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you posted on a release date. In the meantime, you might want to start thinking about planning for this year’s Holiday Brasstravaganza, December 15 and 16 at Off Broadway. When tickets go on sale, you’ll find them here.

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