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!
Jon Batiste is a musician who transcends any genre with his modern take on American music, Batiste has collaborated with musicians from across the spectrum – Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and Wynton Marsalis among them. Also known for his acting and composing, Jon has been featured on the HBO series "Treme” and in Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer," for which he co-wrote the score with Bruce Hornsby. Batiste and his Stay Human Band just released their debut album, Social Music, and are currently on tour playing festivals this summer.