New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Asteroid Management)
Through a collaborative effort in support of the new critically acclaimed CD release titled "What The Funk?" that is receiving radio airplay globally, Stevie Hawkins, "2012 Artists In Music
Awards Winner as Best Jazz Artist" and Asteroid Funk are on course to blast the planet in full force, with megatons of authentic Funk, Soul, Blues, Jazz and Rock, in a magical, entertaining, high-energy live music experience and show on their "What The Funk? Tour 2012".
"What The Funk" is a fabulous collection of songs with lyrics written by Charlotte
Hannon and Stevie Hawkins, and are performed by Hawkins and some of the world's premier musicians and vocalists. The album is a definitive, timeless and distinctive blend of funk, soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, Latin and rock.
The Super-Group, Stevie Hawkins & Asteroid Funk, will launch their highly anticipated tour, playing festivals and arenas throughout the summer and fall in Europe, the U.S.A. and beyond. An elated Hawkins says, "The band is incredibly tight, delivering a high-energy, thrilling fan concert experience, capable of producing awe-inspiring, emotion-filled moments both visually and musically. We will soon be announcing a surprise, legendary blues artist that will making special guest appearance performances at select shows. The excitement level for us is extremely high!"
Host Uncle Earl on KCLA-FM and KLED-FM Los Angeles recently expressed with regard to Stevie Hawkins & Asteroid Funk's music, "I've been waiting on a miracle, and here it is. A must for anyone serious about great music." Skip Dillard, program director of WBLS-FM Chicago
says about the "What The Funk" album, "This is the kind of music performed "live", that people will pay for!"
On the upcoming tour, Stevie Hawkins on lead vocal and drums, is supported by a stellar backing band, including original members of the Blues Brothers Band, Tom "Bones
" Malone on trombone, Blue Lou Marini on saxophone, and Rusty Cloud on keys. Also in the line-up is Don Harris on trumpet (Tower Of Power-Chaka Kahn), Jarolsav Jakubovic on saxophone, (Lionel Hampton-Bette Midler), Chuck Webb on bass, (Stevie Wonder-Grover Washington Jr), Butch
Taylor on guitar, (Brecker Brothers-Patti Austin), Nate Wingfield on guitar (The Family Stone-Jimmy Castor) at select shows, Van Abbott on keys (Reba McEntire-Dolly Parton) at select shows, and BB Brown on percussion and backup drums (Gregg Allman-Leon Russell). On background vocals are Ula Hedwig (Robert Plant-Al Green) at select shows, and Tabitha King (Usher-Keith Sweat). Marini, Harris, Jakubovic, Webb and Taylor performed on "What The Funk."
Through the artistic vision and direction of the incomparable choreographer Lacy Darryl Phillips, a captivating fusion of visuals, dance, and music immerses the audience in a show not soon to be forgotten. Phillips' professional background as Choreographer and Director
for Television, Stage and Film includes: Bette Davis, Gregory Hines, The Academy Awards, Vanessa
Reaves-Phillips, "Sister Act II", "A Chorus Line", "The Wiz" starring Peabo Bryson and Grace
Jones, CeCe Peniston, and was Associate Choreographer/Director for Mariah Carey's "Around The World
This is a show not to be missed. Limited tour dates are available for this Super-Group for festivals and arenas throughout the summer and fall in Europe, the U.S.A. and beyond. Secure Stevie Hawkins and Asteroid Funk for your next concert event.