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Washington, Washington, D.C., United States | Established. Jan 01, 2003 | INDIE

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2003
Band Rock Funk


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Papashake @ Ocracoke Community Center

Ocracoke, North Carolina, United States

Ocracoke, North Carolina, United States

Papashake @ Rock The Lot @ Rocketeria / Olney Days

Olney, Maryland, United States

Olney, Maryland, United States

Papashake @ Mercury Lounge

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

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"‘Best Of Emergenza USA 2004 Compilation CD’"

”PAPASHAKE has been chosen (for the cd from) amongst the over 585 bands participating in the festival this year in the USA. We have chosen to use the track Funky Love Song...(the) song will be included on this (year’s) compilation along with several other bands selected from the USA. It will be re-mastered in Europe before being included on the compilation.” -


…Papashake will be featured on WOTA Radio. We (originally) listened to your songs on web site and will be featuring “The Crunch” during the show. Keep up the GREAT music! - Will Swann - WOTA Radio

"Review of Emergenza – Washington, DC"

“...lots of highlights...Papashake pumped up the night and got the crowd dancing with their electric funk rock sound.” - Sean Robinson

"Review: Music Monthly Magazine"

“Another unique musical voice has risen from the depths of Washington, DC in the form of Papashake. This funky four-piece takes the best parts of Livng Colour, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Fishbone and mixes it all together to create their bass-heavy sound. This sound is captured on Papashake’s independently released debut EP, The Horse is in the Pool.
Led by the charismatic Kobie Ali on vocals, Papashake’s line-up is rounded out by Rob Portillo, Spy, and Jon Weed. Together, these musicians create an infectious blend of heavy funk rock that can induce a smooth groove or can incite an audience to tear it up on the dance floor.
While all five songs on the EP are excellent, a real highlight is the band’s laid-back cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic ‘Fire’. They manage to take a song that everyone knows and make it their own while staying true to the spirit of the original composition.
Along with a great debut EP, Papashake has built an excellent reputation with their live performances. If you are looking to have a good time with some great music that will get you moving – Papashake may be the local band for you.”
- Greg Yost - Music Monthly

" Awards"

Shake (wuchopapagavya) -Track of The Week June 20, 2005 (Funk), Track of the Day - June 9, 2005 (Funk)
Best Male Vocals, Best Guitars, Best Drums, Best Production, Best Melody, Best Beat, Best Mood, Feel Good Track, Grooviest Rhythm

Dirty Little Secrets - Track of the Day - June 13, 2005
Best Male Vocals, Best Guitars, Best Drums, Best Melody, Best Beat, Most Original, Grooviest Rhythm

Ms. B - Track of the Day - June 22, 2005, #5 Best Male Vocals in Groove Rock all-time, #10 Best Melody in Groove Rock all-time, #13 Feel Good Track in Groove Rock all-time,
Best Bass, Best Male Vocals, Best Production, Best Lyrics, Best Melody, Best Beat, Best Mood, Feel Good Track -

"Music Monthly - November 2005"

"Another band that was featured in this column last year is back with a strong new album. Washington, DC's Papashake has just released 'Dirty Little Secrets' on (the) Harmony Row Entertainment (label) and this album is full of the same big sound you come to expect from these masters of funk rock.

With the same line-up intact, Kobie Ali and company pick up right where they left off on the previous EP. But while that short disc left you wanting more, this full length release satisfies your funkiest urges. From the first sing-along chorus 'Shake (wuchopapgavya)' the whole way through to the slow, semi-rap of 'Get Some', this disc is packed with great tunes.

Papashake knows that you don't mess with a good thing. The band proved it could play down and dirty funk rock with the best of them on their last EP and they haven't chaged a bit on 'Dirty Little Secrets'"
Music Monthly
November 2005 - Music Monthly

"Papashake "Dirty Little Secrets""

"This quirky group has a sound you won’t be hearing on mainstream radio anytime soon, and that’s too bad. Their songs combine elements of George Clinton like funk with a little ska and some early 80’s style rap thrown in. Listening to the CD straight through is like hearing a soundtrack from an old Starsky & Hutch episode – so you have to be in th right mood. That said, there are some serious standout songs on this CD – “Shake (wuchopapagavya)”, “Suck U Under” and “Get Some” are songs that you will want to add to your iPod playlist."
Production – 4.0
Lyrics – 4.0 (catchy, well-phrased)
Music – 5.0
Vocals – 4.0
Musicianship – 5.0
Total - 4.4 (out of 5)
Papashake – Dirty Little Secrets review
Unsigned Magazine – December 2005 (year-end reviews) - Unsigned Music Magazine

"Dirty Little Review"

Funky rock outfit Papashake hails from the land of politics and dirty lobbyists in Washington, DC. They sprouted their roots in 1999 but became their current configuration in 2003. The band’s vocalist reminds me a bit of the dude that sang in The Urge back in the day. His lyrics are bouncy, fun-loving, and light. But don’t think you’ll get away without dancing if you go see this band live; indeed this is one groovy funk rock band that can rock your socks off without leaving a stain on your trousers. You can hear some of the influences of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and G-Love in there but there’s elements of Motown and blues to give “Dirty Little Secrets” its own special sauce (sorry bad G-Love pun I know).
Smother - December 2005 -


Big Round Things (LP) - July 2013

Dirty Little Secrets (LP) - July 2005

Dirty Little Secrets (Single) - March 2005

Miracle Maker (Single) - February 2005

Hmmmm - What do we have here...??? (live) - May 2004

The Horse is in the Pool (EP) - November 2003



Papashake is a 4 piece rock band that defies the typical labels in today’s genre-driven music and media world.  An eclectic melting pot of rock, funk, and blues, makes this band anything but run-of-the-mill.  Together this brotherhood of musicians, destroy the mold of the over-produced, “assembly line” songs that are being force fed to the masses these days, with a unique style that hearkens back to the days of record stores selling vinyl, and (real ) radio station program directors savvy enough to put a finger print on breaking the “next big thing” .  Never satisfied with the status-quo, Papashake is constantly evolving; poised to please music lovers of all kinds with smart song writing and electric shows.

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