FunkyBatz Streaming Hub

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When it comes to finding the funkiest streams to enjoy from home, we’ve got you covered! Here are our latest finds so you can couch tour like the VIP you are:

Week of May 25th:

Tuesday, May 26th:

TAUK – Don’t forget to catch “TAUKing Tuesdays” this week at 6:00 pm CST – Click Here to catch the stream on the band’s Facebook page!

Phish – On this week’s “Dinner and a Movie” series, Phish will broadcast their 12/29/2018 Madison Square Garden show plus a vegetarian recipe from bassist Mike Gordon. Head to the YouTube streaming page at 6:30 pm CST and enjoy!

Wednesday, May 27th:

Bob Weir – For this round of “Weir Wednesdays” we’ll be treated to Bob Weir Live from the Archives at 7:00 pm CST – catch the free pre-recorded show on the streaming page.

Thursday, May 28th:

Tedeschi Trucks Band – This Thursday at 7:00 pm CST you can treat yourself to Tedeschi Trucks Band Live From The Archives. Click Here to catch the pre-recorded show and consider donating to MusiCares!

Friday, May 29th:

Anders Osborne – Our favorite New Orleans guitar hero is at it again, this time putting the setlist in your hands! Anders presents “Your Set” this Friday 6:30 pm CST on Facebook live! He’ll pick one lucky fan’s dream setlist and you won’t want to miss a minute.

String Cheese Incident – Catch another pre-recorded and free Incident this Friday at 7:00 pm CST! Click Here to get the re-broadcast from the archives.

Saturday, May 30th:

Skerik – Are you ready for this? You won’t want to miss out on what brilliant madman Skerik has been preparing for this livestream – this show will feature insane soundscapes, stages with real actors, the works – go here at 10:00 pm CST, turn off all the lights, and thank us for the Skerik Livestream tip later.

Live Music & Social Distancing

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With all the new restrictions in place due to the spread of COVID -19, many of the shows and events we all love are being cancelled or postponed. We at FunkyBatz take responsible social distancing very seriously.  If you still choose to attend a show that is listed on our site, you should contact the venue’s website to learn of its status.

In the meantime, we encourage all to do their own couch tours, buy band merch and stay safe!

FunkyBatz Welcomes Pike & Sutton

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On Friday, December 13th, FunkyBatz welcomes the incredible Pike & Sutton to the stage at One2One Bar.

As connoisseurs of Austin music, our readers can easily recognize the mind-blowing vocals of Patrice Pike.  2019 marks the release of the first album written and recorded by Pike and her longtime musical partner, guitarist Wayne Sutton, Heart is a Compass.  This project is a long-anticipated culmination of musical experiences the pair gained both apart and together, and Austin is ready.

Known to the jam-band scene of the 90’s, Pike and Sutton were the founders of Little Sister, aka Sister 7.  Through the years they continued playing live together; those decades of partnership can be heard in their live show.  Mixing hard rock, R&B, blues, funk and world music together in their own unique concoction, they’ve come to the place where their groove flows organically.  Though Pike’s vocals have been likened to Janis Joplin and Sutton’s guitar style has the seductive textures of blues greats, the live experience proves that they’ve created a blend that is all their own.  

On Heart is a Compass, the theme of surrendering to where the spirit takes you is a hint to what you’ll see on Friday – two veterans of the road and stage, who let the music lead them to where they are today.  Experience it for yourself – this will be their last show in ATX for a while, so you can bet it will be epic. 

Join us for this magical night – get your tickets here.

Rather win tix? Visit the home page at and register!

For a taste of what you’ll see onstage: 

Pike & Sutton Live

Check out Pike & Sutton’s new single with John Popper, a rendition of the soulful classic, “New Year’s Resolution” on Spotify. Save and follow HERE to be registered to win a brand new turntable!

The Howlin’ Wolf Fest By Nite 2018

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Pretty much every artist we hope to see during Jazz Fest is part of this insane line up of night shows starting Friday Apr 27 and running through Sunday May 6. FunkyBatz has all the details PLUS a pair of tickets to give away to EVERY show in both the main room and the den. Check it out and lock down your tickets!  See you in New Orleans!

Foundation of Funk: featuring Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr. with special guests Anders Osborne and Jojo Herman atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
MEGALOMANIACS BALL 2018Michael Jackson v. Stevie Wonder • Featuring members of Lettuce,  • Mike Dillon and the Mallet Men featuring Brady Blade, Rob Ingraham of The Revivalists and Reed Mathis Jesus' Peasant Party atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
The Hot 8 Brass Band atThe Den at The Howlin Wolf New Orleans, LA
The Daze Between Band featuring Eric Krasno, Dave Schools, Duane Trucks & Special Guests Marcus King & Deshawn "D'Vibes" Alexander atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Dumpstaphunk performs "Dumpsta Sugar Sex Majik"Naughty Professor w/ Chali 2na atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
16th Annual Bayou Rendezvous atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Anders Osborne • Rebirth Brass Band atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Mike Dillon Bandfeat. Brady Blade  • Hildegard (feat. Sasha Masakowski and Cliff Hines) with Chris Bullock of Snarky Puppy atThe Den at The Howlin Wolf New Orleans, LA
7th Annual Nolafunk Series During Jazzfest Anders Osborne and Friends featuring  • Eric Krasno and more TBA • plus special guest Marc Broussard and his band atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
The Southern Belles • Gina Sobel`s Choose Your Own AdventureEmily Julia Kresky atThe Den at The Howlin Wolf New Orleans, LA
Papa Mali`s All Star Birthday Bash atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
The Hot 8 Brass Band atThe Den at The Howlin Wolf New Orleans, LA

Anders Osborne at The Howlin Wolf

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Among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Osborne’s masterful guitar work, intricate songwriting, and emotive vocals have earned him countless awards and endless troves of fans new and old.
To see Anders perform LIVE is truly transcendent.
Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly has honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.

These two shows at The Howlin Wolf are our picks to get our Anders fix!

Anders Osborne Livestream ‑ Your Set! atYour Living Room Austin, TX
Anders Osborne atYour Living Room Austin, TX
Anders Osborne • Rebirth Brass Band atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
7th Annual Nolafunk Series During Jazzfest Anders Osborne and Friends featuring  • Eric Krasno and more TBA • plus special guest Marc Broussard and his band atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA


A Sanctuary for Our Souls in The Daze Between:  Erica Falls CD Release:

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This may very well be the best thing I do this year during Fest and here’s why…

“Wash, rinse, repeat” becomes our motto as we foray night-after-night into the clubs that host the shows during the New Orleans Jazz Fest.   From sundown to sunrise we tend to seek the funkiest collaborations that make up the core of our show selections, and even for the most seasoned Fest veterans, it can become a blur.   It is downright addictive.

So when we hear about a little known performance to take place outside of a traditional venue — by a vocalist who feeds our souls in a way that brings tears to our eyes — our ears perk up!  That’s what happened when I heard about Erica Falls and her ”soft” CD release of HomeGrown to be performed in the courtyard of a private home in historic uptown New Orleans.  Erica calls it ”The Sanctuary” and I suspect it will be just that for us fans too.

Most know Erica from her performances with Galactic, but here’s a chance to meet this soul singer in her own surroundings where she performs her new record HomeGrown in its entirety and covers a few of her all-time favorite songs.  It is R&B, soul, rock, and so much more!  I conjure up a history lesson of sorts about a beautiful soul singer and her life and destiny in a setting that is heady, sweet, and very much New Orleans.    It isn’t just about her range of high soprano moments to deep sultry tones, it’s how she looks each and every one of us in the eye and touches something deep inside us all.

Erica told me that this record is a reflection of her life growing up in the 9th Ward in New Orleans with her family, the church and their music together.   She was the youngest of eight children and she grew up under the musical tutelage of her mother and the church choir.     When I asked about how she became a vocalist she told me that it was after she initially played both the piano and the violin.   “I was so in awe of my mother’s singing that at times I felt intimidated to sing.”

With  unwavering love and discipline,  her gift prevailed and like all great talent,  something fired deep inside her that pushed through the barriers to make Erica one of the most poignant modern day soul singers we will ever have the chance to witness.  We will be able to tell our great grandchildren, nieces and nephews… ”We saw her when…..”

Catch this ‘very special’ performance on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8 p.m. at “The Sanctuary”.   Limited advance tickets are available and there will be a pop-up food vendor serving authentic New Orleans fare, Vintage Soul Martinis and other icy cold beverages to refresh.  I have compiled all the details and links at

Howlin’ Wolf 2017 Fest By Nite

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As we click-and-ponder the night show grids, we would be kickin’ ourselves later if we missed the “Howlin’ Wolf 2017 Fest By Nite” stellar line-up! It’s nicely situated in the New Orleans warehouse district, starting on Thursday, April 27 and running through Sunday, May 7th. Just about every artist we hope to see brings a unique groove to this long-standing venue — in both the main room and the den.  Fans definitely want to pick up some advance tickets so they won’t miss out!

Check out this year’s shows – They’re all nicely laid out for our readers, along with links and more.  Plus FunkyBatz has a pair of tickets to give away for just about every night show!  Check it out! See you in New Orleans!

Howlin’ Wolf 2017 Fest By Nite Shows

Dumpstaphunk • The Motet • Roosevelt Collier • Gravy atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Live For Live Music Presents Breakscience (Live Band), The Russ Liquid Test and The Werks in The Den atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Live for Live Music Presents Fu*k 2016 Tribute with Members of Turquaz and The Motet atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Lady Peace Productions & The Howlin' Wolf present Funkify Night at The Howlin Wolf atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Live For Live Music Presents "Earth, Wind, and Power" ft The Nth Power + All Brothers Band and Organ Freeman atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Megalomaniacs BallMike Dillon Band • Mike Dillon's Punk Rock Percussion Consortium • Stanton Moore Trio atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Jurassic 5 • plus Blackalicious atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Satisfied Productions Presents The 15th Annual Bayou Rendezvous atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Anders Osborne & Friends, The Pimps of Joytime, The NO Suspects and more! atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Live For Live Music Presents Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonderfeaturing Eric “Benny” Bloom, DJ Williams, Adam Deitch, Will Blades, Nigel Hall and MonoNeon atThe Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA

On Robert Walter, His 20th Congress, The New Record & Jazz Fest in New Orleans

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It’s challenging enough to describe live music in words that entice the reader to go out and buy a ticket to a show.   Try describing a record you have never heard!  But when it comes to funk and soul-jazz and the artists who play in this genre, nothing is certain except that they perform a groove that is familiar to us and one that we want to come back to time and time again.

One minute we have a notion as to what the music will be like and the next minute our pre-conceived ideas are in the wind.   That is one reason we keep following the artists we love and continually get surprised with each and every note, rhythm and transition.  It’s the same as it never was!

I caught up with Robert Walter, master of the B3 and most any keyboard he puts under his fingers for that matter, and asked him to tell us about his new 20th Congress record that’s planned for release this fall.  You may know Robert from his works with the Greyboy Allstars, Stanton Moore Trio, and recently Mike Gordon.   I had noticed his photo from his session at The Parlor in New Orleans that he recently posted on Facebook, and of course like all super- fans with inquiring minds and no advanced tracks to listen to… I asked “What’s it like”?

The answer was surprising:  “Barb – it will be like nothing you have ever heard from me before.   Wild, unique and not the ‘usual’ funk you will expect.  This is a new sound for me and I haven’t been this excited in a long time.”

Keep in mind that Robert Walter is first a composer and then a collaborator.  He crafts melodies that we can’t help but play over and over in our heads. He is brilliant that way.   Add some funk to it, you know the danceable, syncopated, in-the-pocket kind with the heavy organ that Robert is known for, and we all get why it’s hard to miss any of his performances.

And now add the wild-card description from Robert himself, that it won’t be like anything we have ever heard and now –as Super-Fans we have a show not to be missed!

Catch the ONLY Robert Walter’s 20th Congress performance during the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest on Saturday April 29, 2017 at the Blue Nile presented as part of the 12th Annual Backbeat Jazz Fest Series.  For more info and how to buy tickets visit us at

Where’s the Funk at SXSW 2017

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year here in Austin, TX. South By Southwest (SXSW) is upon us and the music choices are limitless. Official showcases, unofficial showcases, free shows and parties you may or may not have to RSVP to and every venue in town is fully booked. It is a blast, but it is also difficult to navigate all the options and find that sweet funky spot you long for. Never fear FunkyBatz is here to help. Make sure you check back often this week, as we are sure to add more funky discoveries to our list of picks.

Have a funky fun time ya’ll and we hope to see you at FunkXFunk Fest our annual unofficial SXSW party and funk extravaganza.

FunkyBatz SXSW picks:

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds atHoly Mountain Austin, TX
Papa Mali's SXSG Record Release PartyCarolyn Wonderland • Eric McFadden • Angelo Moore of Fishbone • Con Brio atFreedmen's Austin, TX
Funk X Funk Fest 2015with Papa Mali • Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds • Funk X Funk Fest 2015 • Matt Hubbard Trio • Flyjack atDogwood Austin, TX
FunkXFunkFest 2016 • Flyjack • Graveltooth • Matt Hubbard Trio atDogwood Austin, TX
Cilantro Boombox atMaggie Mae's Austin, TX
Mama K and The Shades atMaggie Mae's Austin, TX
Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears atDirty Dog Bar Austin, Tx
Llamas on the Loose atThe Rustic Tap Austin, TX
Uncle Lucius atMaggie Mae's Austin, TX
Sly Curtis • HeartByrne atDogwood Austin, TX
Golden Dawn Arkestra atHotel Vegas Austin, TX
South by San Gabriel ‑ Day 1 atFreedmen's Austin, TX
Blackfinger Day 3 March 17 • Hector Ward & The Big Time atDogwood Austin, TX
Hard Proof atHard Proof @ Russian House, Mar 17, SXSW
Bassel & The Supernaturals atPalm Door on Sixth Austin, TX
Peterson Brothers atContinental Club Austin Austin, TX
A‑Town GetDown atEsther's Follies Austin, Tx
Los Coast atParish Austin, TX
A‑Town GetDown atLucille Austin, TX
Mama K and The Shades atHalf Step Austin, TX
Funk X Funk Fest 2017 atDogwood Austin, TX
Hector Ward & The Big Time • Uncle Lucius atDogwood Austin, TX
Cilantro Boombox atFlamingo Cantina Austin, TX