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Big Sam's Funky Nation &

Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans

Big Sam's Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is "tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!" The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls "the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz." Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band's solos, Big Sam's signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!

The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN's signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that's the hallmark of big band funk.

With special guest, Irma Thomas.  Since 2007, Thomas can proudly be called a Grammy winner following a lifetime in the music business and giving the world great tunes like "It's Raining" and "I Wish Someone Would Care." The Soul Queen of New Orleans always gives her many fans a strong show, bringing her all to every tune.


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu