January 5, 2021

EARLY THOUGHTS ON 2021.

It’s just begun, but we’re hopeful things will gradually get back to some kind of normal in the new year. A lot of venues are still closed, but seem to be aiming for a rebirth in late spring, which seems logical and symbolic. There are a lot of great summer festivals we’re hoping to play, along with many local outdoor shows in parks and pavilions. Plus our regular gigs at places like the Broadway Oyster Bar. But it all starts with everyone continuing to do his or her part in being cautious and protective of others. Keep wearing a mask, keep social distancing and keep washing your hands. Speaking for all bands everywhere, we want to get back to playing for you every bit as much as you want live shows to return. But it’s not magic; it’s science. Let’s pull together and whip this thing. Whip it good.

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December 29, 2020

NEW YEAR, NEW SHOW!

We’re starting off 2021 with an all-ages brunch show on January 3, as part of the Open Air concert series in Grand Center, and hope you’ll join us. We’ll all stay warm under their well-ventilated, heated tent outside The Grandel. Masks are required, capacity is limited, and food/beverage ordering is contactless. Find tickets on MetroTix or learn more at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation website. Happy New Year, everybody!

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December 13, 2020

BECK THE HALLS.

It’s a Christmas miracle! We felt bad about canceling our holiday shows, so we wanted to offer you a very special gift. This is our sultry tribute to the most famous reindeer of all — Rudolph, a parody of “Debra” by Beck. You can listen or download it for FREE here. We hope you’ll enjoy it as you’re celebrating this very unusual season. Many thanks to Dave Grelle for his keyboard wizardry, and to Jason McEntire at Sawhorse Studios for his recording, mixing and mastering prowess. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Funky Butt Brass Band!

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December 4, 2020

AS 2020 CONTINUES TO DISAPPOINT…

It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the cancellation of our annual Holiday Brasstravaganza this year.  We are bummed. We don’t want to cancel, but we feel like it’s the best thing to do right now. All ticket holders will receive refunds, including all fees. The Pageant has done a wonderful job with distancing and Covid safety. But safety isn’t our only concern. We LOVE performing our Brasstravaganza show for you. We look forward to it every year because we know we’re gonna have a great time, but this year wouldn’t have felt the same. Brasstravaganza is so much fun because of the people who show up every year. Because of the fans…because of you. Thank you for helping us build an annual concert event that ushers in the Christmas Spirit. For bringing your families and celebrating the Holiday Season with us year after year. We’ll be back as soon as it’s feasible…and who knows…maybe we can still convince Santa to bring you some kind of Funky Butt Brasstravaganza Miracle.
In the meantime, we hope we can help make the season merry and bright with our Christmas albums. You can find them on Bandcamp.com, Spotify, Youtube, Amazon and iTunes. Remember, the best way to celebrate Brasstravaganza this year is to turn Funky Butt up LOUD for all to hear. So please wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance so we can be together with you as quickly as possible. Merry Christmas from the Funky Butt Brass Band!

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November 18, 2020

PLEASE, JUST WEAR A MASK ALREADY

By now, you should realize that COVID-19 cases are climbing in most states. And here in Missouri, it’s especially bad. We all want the virus to go away. We all want to go back to our normal lives. We want to see live music shows, and bands like us want to play live music shows. You can help make that happen. We shouldn’t have to repeat this after all these horrific months, but listen to actual scientists who have spent a lifetime studying these things, and stay six feet apart. Don’t attend functions with large groups of people, even if the governor says it’s OK. Most of all, just wear the damn mask. It’s not for YOUR protection, it’s to protect others. And if everyone does it, we’re all protected. Simple, right?

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September 20, 2020

GIGS. REMEMBER THOSE?

The memories are a bit hazy, but we recall a time when we played more than one gig every six months. Of course, there wasn’t a global pandemic back in the day. The good news is, some venues are being creative and finding new ways to bring bands and audiences together while keeping both safe and socially distant. We’ll be playing one of them on October 16The Lot is a bunch of four-person “pods” spread out in a parking lot near Busch Stadium. Sounds reasonable, right? And the following Sunday, October 18, we’ll be at Mount Pleasant Winery in Augusta, where we’re told the day-drinking crowd capacity has been lessened and the scene is much more COVID-safe and mellow (apparently they’ve cut back on the number of drunken bachelorette parties, or something like that). In any event, you’ll need reservations for both, and we hope you’ll get your tickets and come see us. We promise, as always, to deliver a fun show, even if we’re a little bit further away than we used to be.

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July 16, 2020

LIVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA.

Venues are closed, gigs have dried up, so you have to take your fun where you can find it. And for us, on Saturday, June 11th, fun was a live-streamed concert from the stage of The Pageant. We had a blast with our special guests Dave Grelle, Anita Jackson, Matt Henry and Jim Peters. It’ll be up awhile longer, so check it out at hyfi.com. Thanks to The Pageant staff and sound crew, 201 Productions for their video wizardry, 4Hands Brewing for sponsoring, and to everyone who tuned in. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to stick around to the end, for a special new tune we dedicated to Dave’s dad Frank. It was a moving moment for all of us, and the perfect way to close the show. Hope to see you all again when it’s safe. Until then, please wear a mask.

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June 26, 2020

LIVE (STREAM) FROM THE PAGEANT, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!

On Saturday, July 11th, we’ll be performing a live-streamed concert from the stage of The Pageant. We’ll have special guests like Dave Grelle, Jim Peters, Anita Jackson and Matt Henry with us for a 90-minute romp featuring your favorite tunes and plenty of social distancing. Just go to www.hyfi.com/pageant to stream the show live. It’s brought to you by 4 Hands Brewing Company and produced by 201 Productions LLC. Donations are suggested to help support the Gateway Resilience Fund. We’re looking forward to getting back onstage and playing our music. We hope you’ll join us from the comfort and safety of your own home.

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June 11, 2020

HIGH PRAISE INDEED.

If you’re looking for the 411 on New Orleans music, you can’t do better than Offbeat Magazine. It’s considered the Bible of the genre, and we were honored to see a review of our latest record, Onward, in the June issue. Writer Jay Mazza said some very nice things about our music, which has us on Cloud 9. Check it out, and if you haven’t listened to it yet, we hope you will. You can find it on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.

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March 16, 2020

WELCOME TO THE NEW NORMAL.

Like everybody, the Funky Butt Brass Band is feeling the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many gigs have been postponed or cancelled, due to health concerns or local stay-at-home orders, or both. It pains us to not be able to play our music for our friends, but it is absolutely the right action to take. The most important thing is for everyone to listen to doctors and medical experts, take care of your health and that of your family, practice social distancing, self-quarantine and act responsibly. We will get through this if we all err on the side of caution. Don’t put the most susceptible folks at risk. Support your favorite bands by buying their music online. Support local businesses by buying gift certificates online — when things return to normal, you can go out and have a good time, and hey, it’s already paid for! Support your favorite restaurant by ordering curbside pickup or delivery. Support the less fortunate among us with donations to local charities and food banks. Most importantly, take care of yourself and the ones you love, and we’ll see you in better times. Love and virtual hugs from behind a mask, at least six feet away!

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