The Original Stone City Band

The Original Stone City Band

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Grammy and American Music Awards - Platinum and Gold Record Producing… Considered by many of their peers, as being one of the greatest live performing Funk/Rock Bands to ever hit a stage! An adrenaline rush of pure unabashed raw energy! The Original Stone City Band is ready to “Fire Up That Funk!!”

Biography

Grammy and American Music Award Winning… Platinum and Gold Record Producing… Considered by many of their peers, as being one of the greatest live performing Funk/Rock Bands to ever hit a stage! …An adrenaline rush of pure unabashed raw energy!! The Original Stone City Band is ready to “Fire Up That Funk!!”

Formed in 1978, by The King of Punk Funk, Rick James, The Original Stone City Band served as Rick's exclusive recording and touring band from the beginning and through the height of his career. They were responsible for cranking out the memorable sounds to timeless hits such as “You and I”, “Super Freak”, “Mary Jane”, “Bustin’ Out”, “Ghetto Life”, “Fire and Desire”, The Temptations’ “Standing on the Top”, The Mary Jane Girls’ “All Night Long”, “Boys”, “In My House” and many, many more.

This legendary band not only have released their own albums under Motown's Gordy Label, but for more than two decades, have provided the sounds that have been heard on recordings and tours with Rick James, MC Hammer, Teena Marie, The Temptations, Eddie Murphy, The Mary Jane Girls, Smokey Robinson, New Edition and Bobby Brown just to name a few.

Their musical performances can be seen on The Grammy’s, The American Music and Soul Train Awards, as well as appearances on the Arsenio Hall, Tonight with Jay Leno and Lopez Tonight Shows, Saturday Night Live, Dick Clark's Rockin New Years Eve, and many more. Countless samplings are used by many of today’s Hip Hop artists. On any given day, you can watch a TV commercial or listen to your Radio and you will hear that distinctive signature sound of Rick James’ Original Stone City Band. …Pulsating bass lines and irresistible rhythms!!

The Original Stone City Band is made up of original Motown and Gordy recording, producing and touring musicians Lanise Hughes, Tom McDermott, Nate Guido Hughes, Levi Ruffin (although not pictured, he has returned) and Billy Nunn; joined by Jimmy Ali (formerly of Motown, P-Funk and Brothers Ali), Eddie Fluellen (formerly of Switch); along with Randall “R-2” Bostick, Sheli Casana and Mark Love Gonsalves (former background for Rick James) on lead vocals and background vocals.

Along with their hits "Ladies Choice", "Strut Your Stuff", "Freaky" and others; a portion of the show pays a beautifully produced tribute to the late Rick James and Teena Marie with hits such as “Bustin’ Out", “Ghetto Life", "Superfreak", "Mary Jane", "Fire and Desire" and much more. The crowds love the show and coming out in numbers! Time to FUNK'n'ROLL!!

Discography

The Original Stone City Band releases:
"In 'N' Out" Gordy - 1980
"The Boys Are Back" Motown - 1981
"Meet The Stone City Band! - Out From The Shadow" Gordy - 1983

Credits on:
Rick James
1978 "Come Get It!" 2xPlatinum
1979 "Bustin' Out of L Seven" Platinum
1979 "Fire It Up" Gold
1980 "Garden of Love" Gold
1981 "Street Songs" 3x Platinum
1982 "Throwin' Down" Gold
1983 "Cold Blooded" Gold
1985 "Glow"
1986 "The Flag"
"Rick James and Friends"

Teena Marie
1979 "Wild and Peaceful" LP - Charted Top 100 on Billboard
The Tempatations
1982 "Reunion" LP - Charted #2 Billboard
Eddie Murphy
1985 "Party All the Time" - Charted #2 on Billboard
The Mary Jane Girls
1986 "Mary Jane Girls" - Charted #6 US R&B
1985 "Only For You" - Charted #5 US R&B

As individual recording artists, many, many more.... To date - ALL these albums and their top singles get air play...

Set List

The Stone City Band performs all originals from albums on which they have performed. Performance sets are 45 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes.

"Stone City Hi!"
"Give It To Me Baby"
"Hard To Get"
"Mary Jane"
"Ghetto Life"
"Bustin Out (On The Funk)"
"Dance Wit Me"
"Candy Man"
"All Night Long"
"In My House"
"Cold Blooded"
"You & I"
"Moon Child"
"Fire & Desire"
"Super Freak"
"Come Into My Life"
Tribute to Teena Marie
- "I Need Your Lovin'"
- "Lovergirl"