The Funky Knuckles will make their triumphant return to northwest Arkansas next week for a Saturday show at the Sunrise Stage.
The Dallas-based electro-funk-nu jazz fusion six-piece is loud, explosive and just a whole lot of fun in a live setting. If you’ve seen them before, you understand what we mean. If you haven’t, be sure to check them out at Sunrise Stage, at 2781 N. College Ave., in Fayetteville.
The band has been together for six years, with a revolving roster of members that now sits at six, including founder Wes Stephenson on bass, Cedric Moore on drums, Phill Aelony on guitar, Ben Bohorquez on saxophone, Evan Weiss on trumpet and Kwinton Gray on keyboards.
As individuals, the band’s members have enough accolades and talent to make any musician envious, with several members either having played with or worked with some of the biggest acts in music. McCampbell has co-produced records for artists such as Beyonce, Talib Kweli and others in the band have worked with acts like the Polyphonic Spree and Erykah Badu, to name a few. Yet as a full unit, the band combines their talents to deliver a style that combines elements of a blend of soul, funk, jazz and R&B and brings it all to the next level. The Funky Knuckles move together musically as a school of fish, never complacent and always stretching the boundaries of improvisation and composition.
They are currently touring internationally and working on their fourth studio album.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and music is scheduled to begin at 7:30. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.sunrisestage.com.