Biography: The Funky Fritters
"With undeniable chemistry and chops, this band guarantees capital 'GT' good times!"
-Dan Herman (Radio Crystal Blue)
I really enjoyed the good tunes and jamming. The music is executed creatively and with a lot of heart & soul! - Robert Putignano ( President NY Blues and Society, SoundsofBlue.com)
When was the last time you walked into a club and saw a big, powerhouse band, complete with horns and backup singers, filling the room with rockin', down 'n' dirty blues, New Orleans classics, soulful R&B, and infectious funk - the kind of music that makes you want to leap from your seat and dance?
For the founders of the revived Funky Fritters, guitarists Danny Drexler (Whooz Blues, Whisky River, Catfish John) and Jay Gracin (Whooz Blues) and lead singer Isaac-Davy Aronson, it had been far too long, and in 2005 they decided to start playing the kind of music they wanted to hear.
"When I would tell friends to come down and see my band," Isaac recalls, "they'd agree reluctantly, preparing themselves for some alt-rock or emo-pop imitation that most young musicians they know are involved in. One of the most fulfilling things about being in The Funky Fritters is to see people come for the first time and be blown away by the kind of band they didn't even think existed anymore - an 11-person blues powerhouse that plays the kind of music that you feel deep down in your bones. Then they're hooked, and they can't stop coming back!"
The Funky Fritters have been proving for years that the blues is alive and well, entertaining audiences across New York City with their fun, soulful, and house-rockin' performances of blues and New Orleans classics. Their following has grown exponentially as they've brought the blues to some of New York's hottest live venues, including The Baggot Inn, Parkside Lounge, and Kenny's Castaways. Their annual Fat Tuesday show at Ace of Clubs is a huge draw and one of the best Mardi Gras parties north of the Mason-Dixon!
Originally founded by Danny in 2003 as Ma Skillet and the Funky Fritters, the new Funky Fritters are back and better than ever! The core band is rounded out by bassist Robert Gingery (Visible From Space w/American Idol finalist Judd Harris, Lou Volpe, Matthew Puckett), drummer Craig Stewart and Dan Nachimson on keyboards. They're joined on backing vocals by the Funky Frittatas, Cheyenne Picardo and Shira Silberg, who add a dash of doo-wop on tunes like "The Weight" and belt the blues on classics such as "Something You Got."
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