Big Sam’s Funky Nation is returning to St. Louis to play at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at the Schlafly Tap Room.
The free performance will be part of the Tap Room's annual Stout and Oyster Festival, and will cap a two-day event also featuring sets by the Funky Butt Brass Band and others.
Led by trombonist "Big Sam" Williams, the Funky Nation (pictured) has been visiting St. Louis at fairly regular intervals in recent years, and last performed here in August 2016 at the Broadway Oyster Bar. Shortly before that show, they were named “Best Band In New Orleans” by the local magazine Where Y’At in the publication's 19th annual writer’s poll.
Williams, a great-grandson of legendary New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden, previously played with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and with famed singer/songwriter and pianist Allen Toussaint, and from 2010 to 2013 also had a recurring role on the HBO series Treme.
You can check out some videos of Big Sam's Funky Nation in action via this post that ran on StLJN before their last gig here.
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