Fusebox Funk is a powerhouse 6 piece Funk/Hip Hop phenomenon! Hailing from Jacksonville FL, Fusebox Funk has thrilled tens of thousands of fans at clubs and festivals across the country since 2001. Featuring a full horn section, 3 vocalists, and one of the tightest rhythm sections in the region, Fusebox Funk is guaranteed to be a standout at any venue or festival and can appeal to any type of audience.
The group features a plethora of talent, including gold record artist J. Dash on keys and vocals.
Past performances of note include:
Yamaha showcase at 2011 NAMM show - Anaheim, CA
Blackwater Music Fest - Suwanee, FL
Bear Creek Music Fest - Suwanee, FL
Bele Chere Music Fest - Asheville, NC
Real Big Deal Music Fest - Gainesville, FL
Talleyrand Music & Arts Fest - Jacksonville, FL
Mossy Headz Music Fest - Niceville, FL
Headliner for Dancing in the Streets, Atlantic Beach FL
Pensacola’s NYE Pelican Drop- Downtown Pensacola, FL
Florida/Georgia Tailgate Party - Everbank Field
Performance with Ozomatli - Jacksonville, FL
Performance with Chali 2na - Mobile, AL
Performance with Galactic - Mobile, AL
Performance with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic - Jacksonville, FL
Performance with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra - Jacksonville, FL
The band has a collection of recent discs, with derived singles obtaining air-play in competitive markets nationwide.
Fusebox Funk has also received impressive reviews from URB magazine. The publication has a pronounced reputation as being the forefront media to acknowledge development bands on the verge of mainstream success. Fusebox Funk was esteemed to be noticed in URB's "Next 1000", along with artists like Sage Francis, The Black Keys, and M.I.A.
Fusebox Funk holds their relationship, and hand-selected production achievements, with acclaimed producer and double Grammy-winner Ross Hogarth at the top of their attainments. The band’s latest EP, "The Subterrestrials", was also produced by Hogarth.
The band holds a high-media value which is beneficial to both promoters and venues alike. Fusebox Funk is championed with endorsements from Yamaha, Warwick, Gallien-Krueger and Snapjack. For a detailed outline of accomplishments, and media clippings, please request a press correspondents tear sheet.
Fusebox Funk's live show has already been sustained by both fans and recognized pillars within the music industry. Their high-energy persona compliments an array of musical tastes within and outside of their genre.
Members of Fusebox Funk have shown full support for their respective endorsers through performances at the Yamaha, Warwick and Gallien-Krueger booths at the Summer and Winter NAMM shows. Most recently Fusebox Funk was invited by the Yamaha Corporation to perform a Yamaha product showcase in Anaheim, CA for the 2011 Winter NAMM show.
J. Dash - Vocals, keys
ChrizP - Vocals, Percussion, Saxophone
Jstarr - Vocals, Trombone
Cary the Label Guy - Bass
ByrDog - Drums
Starrcophagus - Trumpet
Ladd Acree - Guitar
The Subterrestrials (2010, Extra Medium Productions)
Live and Limited (2009, Extra Medium Productions)
DashBox Mixtape Vol. 1 (2008, Independent) out of production
The Next Obsession (2006, Independent) out of production
The Solution (2004, Independent) out of production
Move It: Fusebox Funk's master plan is to get your mind thinkin' while your butt is shakin'
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By Danny Kelly Funk Music is tough to do half-assed. It sounds either fantastic live, or it sucks. ...By Danny Kelly
Funk Music is tough to do half-assed. It sounds either fantastic live, or it sucks. Luckily for local boys Fusebox Funk, they know how to translate their sounds from the stage to the dance floor.
The band also rocks the pseudonyms: guitarist-vocalist Dr. Concussion, keyboard-vocalist, J.Dash, saxophonist-vocalist ChrizP, trombonist-vocalist Jstarr, trumpeter Starrcoughogus, bassist Cary the Label Guy and drummer ByrDog. After investing a decade of recording their music with tireless local gigs, Fusebox Funk is now enjoying the payoff. The septet has parlayed ambition into multiple projects while gaining new fans in Cali. The band has also learned how to save some cash on all those broken drumsticks and guitar strings, garnering endoresement deals from heavyweight music companies like Yamaha and Warwick. Fusebox guitarist Dr. Concussion recently spoke with Folio Weekly about Duval love and balancing social consciousness with funky-bootyliciousness.
Folio Weekly: What is Fusebox Funk all about?
Dr. Concusion: Fusebox has around nearly a decade now, and putting on a top-notch show has always been our priority. It's the only arena you can't fake your value, as opposed to albums or videos. We like to think we're good at those things, too, but withoug the live element, those other things don't mean quite as much.
F.W.: I noticed you are playing in California. That's a long way from Jacksonville.
D.C.: We love to play out of town. It's always an adventure and we get to meet some amazing folks. Right now we're in Anaheim, Calif., about to perform at NAMM for the Yamaha 2011 Product Showcase. They've been one of our most generous sponsors and we love working with them.
F.W.: Your music is upbeat and the songs are very danceable. Does a song's topic or lyrical content ever get lost in the music itself?
D.C.: That's actually a really good question. Early on in the band's history, we struggled with the idea of being a socially conscious funk ensemble; it wasn't a hugely popular concept at first. Mostly because audiences don't really want their party music full of social commentary, they just want to party. But as we became better lyricists, and the music improved, the divergence just sort of faded away. Now we four-plus vocalists and everyone also plays an instrument, so everyone can just innately feel where the vocals and instruments need to sit in the mix.
F.W.: Fusebox Funk has splintered into more than one side project. How are those creative influences manifested in the band's work?
D.C.: Having this many talented players in one group requires a form of "artistic maintenance"; that is to say, trying to get all of our music ideas into one project just isn't realistic. So we have of really creative side projects. J. Dash has a hugely successful solo career, a few of us are in a rap/metal/punk band called Black Drum and hopefully this year I'll be releasing a solo folk/alternative album entitled "JacksonVegas".
F.W.: What are the highs and lows of being a gigging band in Jacksonville?
D.C.: We're all really proud to call Duval home, but like any place, there are pros and cons. We're rich in venues that have great production values. We've also seen a recent explosion of supportive media outlets pop up in the last couple years locally. Entities like CW17's "YourJax Music" and folks like David Luckin and Tracy Collins have been really instrumental in helping local artists, such as ourselves. The downside to a city like Jax is that it's gigantic and there are a ton of voices creating noise. In order to be heard over the din, you've got to speak so loudly that things like promotion become almost more what you're known for. It can be a fickle town if you don't bring your A-game.
F.W.: When did you realize this was something you wanted to do with your life?
D.C.: There isn't a single member in our group that didn't know they wanted to be a performer as a child. It sometimes feels like it's our collective destiny. The music found US too... All we did was make ourselves available to discover it.
Fusebox Funk Releases “The Subterrestrials”
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Kevin Johnson Fusebox Funk has released their fifth EP, The Subterrestrials, via Extra Medium Produ...Kevin Johnson
Fusebox Funk has released their fifth EP, The Subterrestrials, via Extra Medium Productions. The four-track EP was produced by two-time Grammy winner Ross Hogarth, who has also worked with Ziggy Marley, Motley Crue, Jewel, and Jimmy Eat World.
The band itself has shared venues with the likes of Parliament/Funkadelic, Smash Mouth, Against Me!, and Ozomatli. The Florida based group creates a genre-bending fusion of funk, hip-hop, and rock that is held down by bassist Cary “The Label Guy” Jordan. The Label Guy endorses Gallien-Krueger amps, as well as Warwick, having his own ‘Cary Jordan’ Custom Streamer Stage I bass.
Jacksonville's Fusebox Funk celebrates new EP on Thursday
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By Heather Lovejoy Fusebox Funk is a different band than when it formed in 2001. After years as a j...By Heather Lovejoy
Fusebox Funk is a different band than when it formed in 2001. After years as a jazz/funk instrumental combo, the lineup changed in 2007-08 and its music went in a new direction — rap.
The horns and funky rhythms are still prominent, but they're combined with quick, assertive voices and lyrics charged with social commentary.
On its latest recording, a four-song EP titled "Subterrestrials," the band takes command of a redefining and rousing hip-hop/funk sound. To celebrate the release, Fusebox Funk will play Thursday at the Ocean Club in Jacksonville Beach. Doors open at 8 p.m., and Greenhouse Lounge is the opening band.
Ross Hogarth, a Grammy winner who has worked with major acts such as REM, Jewel, Ziggy Marley, Keb Mo and Motley Crue, produced the EP. Guitarist and vocalist Dr. Concussion described the experience of working with Hogarth as "extremely humbling and reaffirming."
Recordings, of course, are essential, but Fusebox Funk considers live shows the most important part of its work. Despite playing in Jacksonville only about four times a year, the band has gained a reputation here as putting on energetic, well-choreographed shows. For a long time, Dr. Concussion said, playing live was its "entire identity."
"Playing live is the reason I play music," he said. "It's absolutely the most important thing to us."
It's apropos, then, that the group put out a live album last year, "Live and Limited," of its headlining show at the Mossy Headz Music Fest in the state's Panhandle.
"We have a lot of songs that we'll never record and will only play live," Dr. Concussion said. "They only work live."
The band approaches recording music and playing live from different angles, so they're not a perfect match of each other. Listening to the new EP gives fans one experience, and a live show gives them another.
Florida Band, Fusebox Funk, to Release 'The Subterrestrials' EP
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By Helene Vece 'The Subterrestrials' EP will be released by Extra Medium Productions and Fusebox Fu...By Helene Vece
'The Subterrestrials' EP will be released by Extra Medium Productions and Fusebox Funk. 'The Subterrestrials' is the fifth EP accomplishment for the band, who have played venues with A-List performers such as Smash Mouth and George Clinton.
Fusebox Funk is quickly gaining press momentum by reason of not just of media value but sound quality too. 'The Subterrestrials' has been produced by Ross Hogarth of Hoax Productions. Hogarth is highly regarded within the entertainment community. He has worked on, and produced, albums for RoadRunner Records and RCA/BMG. He also co-produced 'Love is my religion' with Ziggy Marley. The disc won a Grammy for Best Reggae Record of The Year. In addition, Hogarth has engineered and mixed discs for Motley Crue, Jewel, and Jimmy Eat World. Fusebox Funk are honored to be listed on Hoax Production's official website along side names like Roger Waters, The Black Crowes, and R.E.M. Fusebox Funk's ability to secure a producer, such as Ross Hogarth, speaks volumes to their musical ability.
Fusebox Funk will launch the debut of 'The Subterrestrials' on July 1st, 2010 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The band will be accessible to speak with fans and the press after their live show at The OceanClub. The EP release party is located at 401 First Street. The live music portion of the event kicks off at 8pm. The OceanClub is an 18yr old + venue. A supporting tour is currently being considered with future national dates in mind.
iTunes is executing the climate in which 'The Subterrestrials' is launched. The cost of the EP is $3.96 for fans. Preview MP3 song samples are available to the media upon request. Fusebox Funk chose to utilize iTunes as their medium of choice because of the iTunes brand's ability to digitally distribute music to a diverse market of music aficionados.
This funk band from Florida, who are considered "cross-over artists" may be defined by their sound but not limited within their genre. The band's incommensurable sonancy is what defines their popularity. Fusebox Funk upholds their endorsing brands- Yamaha, Warwick, Gallien-Krueger, Snapjack and Tradition. URB magazine listed the band in their "Next 1000" category , along with artists like Sage Francis, The Black Keys, and M.I.A. Fusebox Funk demonstrates the essence of a true human interest story for feature writers while attracting the interest of seasoned music reporters.
Fusebox Funk is inviting both traditional and social media press to review 'The Subterrestrials'. Interviews with the band are accessible to qualified media only. A limited supply of press and photography credentials will also be made available for the EP's launch party in Florida on July 1st 2010.
'The Subterrestrials' promises to be the vehicle which drives the band's burgeoning career right into the limelight.
This week in Tampa: Silversun Pickups, Hawthorne Heights, Fusebox Funk and more
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By Jay Cridlin Musically speaking, the only thing funky about Jacksonville is the scent of Gregg Al...By Jay Cridlin
Musically speaking, the only thing funky about Jacksonville is the scent of Gregg Allman’s beard. At least, that was the case until Fusebox Funk boogied onto the scene. The J-ville sextet is Florida’s low-ridin’ answer to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jurassic 5 and Rage Against the Machine, blending slick rhymes, Super Fly horns and El Camino-bouncing bass into an irresistible melange of rock, hip-hop and outer-space funkadelia. Tampa’s own ska-pocalyptic Johnny Cakes always bring a thundrous presence to the stage, so this should be one nonstop, all-night party.
Fusebox Funk and Johnny Cakes & the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso to play at the Crowbar in Ybor
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By Keith Wilkins Friday June 18, 2010 Fusebox Funk will be teaming up for an amazing show in Ybor C...By Keith Wilkins
Friday June 18, 2010 Fusebox Funk will be teaming up for an amazing show in Ybor City with Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso. The show Crowbar is certain to be a spectacle to behold as Fusebox Funk and Johnny Cakes have a history of stellar performances together dating back to Johnny Cakes’ roots in Jacksonville.
Fusebox Funk (Jacksonville, FL) has been receiving major media attention and radio play throughout the Southeast and is currently touring on the release of their new EP “The Subterrestrials” recorded with two time Grammy Award winning producer Ross Hogarth.
Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso just finished a three major music festival run throughout Florida which began with them opening for Less Than Jake on the Main Stage at the Florida Music Festival. This show was followed by Sunfest in West Palm Beach which had an attendance of over 300,000 people and featured acts such as Weezer, ZZ Top, Damian Marley, Flogging Molly, Rise Against, and many more. Johnny Cakes’ festival run concluded with WMNF’s Tropical Heatwave where they played an over the top performance to A packed house at the Crowbar that had a line out the door with people waiting to get in.
Now these two bands will team up to put on an amazing show at the Crowbar in Ybor City. The doors are at 9pm, the cost is $5, and the show is 18+. DJ Craig Heneveld will also be performing.
Fusebox Funk and J. Dash blow my mind
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Kyle Hemker If you all listen to the podcast regularly, I was the only member of Random Frequency t...Kyle Hemker
If you all listen to the podcast regularly, I was the only member of Random Frequency to attend Bele Chere this year. This means that I am responsible for making sure you all get some music education this summer. First on my list to share with everyone: Fusebox Funk and J. Dash.
Fusebox Funk was one of the afternoon shows at Bele Chere. Fusebox Funk is made up of six excellent musicians. Together, they create a sound that at times is relaxing and smooth funk, and other times is in-your-face rock or impressive hip-hop. I prefer to let their music do the talking, so I found a live performance for you all to enjoy.
If you enjoyed that video, I hope you all listen to the rest of their music on MySpace, Stereofame, and their homepage. Keep an eye out for these guys, they are rising fast.
Now, I hope by now you have realized that J. Dash is a part of Fusebox Funk. He is also a solo artist, and after the Fusebox Funk show at Bele Chere, I picked up his solo album, Music for the Colorblind. If you know me at all, then you know I am not a huge rap or R&B fan, but this album is quality. He really amazed me at Bele Chere when he rapped the alphabet. Listen and have some fun.
Once again, you can find J. Dash and his music at MySpace and Stereofame.
Support real talent.
Symphony's gotta have that funk
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By Roger Bull On one side you've got the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. It's big, formal and . . ...By Roger Bull
On one side you've got the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. It's big, formal and . . . symphonic. On the other side, you've got Fusebox Funk, five local guys playing some decidedly non-orchestral hip-hoppy funk.
And bringing the two of them together is a nice, polite 22-year-old living in the dorms at Jacksonville University.
Meet Andrew Chopra. When the symphony plays with Fusebox Funk in the first of the JSO's Plugged In series Saturday night, they'll be using the music that Chopra wrote down. During the Plugged In series (later concerts are with Mofro, Seven Nations and a Grateful Dead tribute band), the symphony and Fusebox will each play a set of music on their own. But they'll also get together to play five of Fusebox's songs.
But the symphony works from sheet music, and Fusebox's funk is not written down.
"We write down the words," said Jim Starr, trombone player with Fusebox. "But not the music. We just remember it."
So the symphony hired Chopra to work that out. He listened to each of the five songs and transcribed the basic stuff: chords and changes and rhythm. That itself is tough enough.
"I couldn't do it," said Alan Hopper, the symphony's executive director. "I don't have a good enough ear. I was a performing musician, and I played my instrument well enough. But I can't just listen to other people's music and know exactly what they're doing."
But Chopra isn't done there. He's writing the symphony parts for about 20 different instruments. And that's not just copying what Fusebox is doing or turning the symphony into an 83-person rhythm section. He's creating new parts, even solos for the symphony's musicians.
Hopper said they've had trouble sometimes in the past with Plugged In arrangements that went too far in turning the band's work into something orchestral. The identity of the band's music has to remain intact, he said.
"It is tricky," he said. "But we told him 'Do whatever you want, but make sure the band agrees with what you do.' "
So the Fusebox guys have met with Chopra a couple of times in the JU studio to hear computerized versions of what he's come up with.
"It's pretty amazing to hear," Starr said, "Because I've only heard our band as five pieces.
"The coolest thing is that since we have so many opportunities for parts," he said. "We can make counter melodies, things we hadn't thought of before. But as soon as we got in there and starting hearing it, it was 'Wouldn't it be cool to add this or that?' "
It's been time-consuming. Chopra figures he's been spending six hours a day, five days a week for the past month, hunched over the keyboard and computer. That's working around classes: major in music composition and theory, minor in aviation management and flight operations. Yes, he's an instrument-rated pilot.
He also plays in a couple of ensembles at JU and is the associate music director at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, playing the organ every Sunday. And he's involved in a couple of cancer organizations, since he's been leukemia-free for almost 10 years now.
Down the road, he said, he wants to get write music for movies, a far cry from the funk of Fusebox.
"Actually, I'm not too familiar with that genre," Chopra said. "It's kind of ironic that it's working out so well."
Setlists vary dramatically from show to show. Here is a list of originals:
Gotta Slow Down
If I don't give a
Somethin you Aint Heard
Blow Your Mind
El Camino Powerslide
In the Mood
Part of the Solution
Same Old Song
What Does it Matter
Do You Want the Funk
The Declaration of Funk
Pass On By
The One You're Lookin' For
This One's for You
Fair Weather Friends
Philly Cheese Break