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Grippo Funk Band (BTV)
The Grippo Funk Band got its start at Burlington VT’s Red Square in 1999 when alto saxophonist Dave Grippo gathered some of his favorite musicians together to jam on Monday nights. This humble beginning led to an unbroken string of Mondays at the Square that lasted nearly seven years. These legendary gigs served as a funk-style bootcamp where the GFB explored the deep cuts of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly Stone, and countless other R&B legends. Musicians touring with Dr. John, Soulive, Maceo, Beyonce Knowles, The Neville Brothers, and saxophonist Chris Potter would often make it a point to stop by and jam when in town on a Monday night. The GFB took it in, mixed it up, stirred the pot, and as months turned to years they developed their own ensemble sound and ‘heartbeat in unison’ deadly locked-down grooves.
The GFB has also been exceptionally fortunate to benefit from the contributions of many outstanding performers through the years such as drummer Kenny “Sweet Sugar” Gulfield; MC’s Fatty B (of Belizbeha), Reko The Mighty Konflik, and Manus; singer/songwriter/trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick (of Trey Anastasio’s band and solo artist); trombonists James Harvey, Ben Smeltzer, and Andy Moroz (also from Trey’s band); guest guitarists Nick Cassarino and Benny “JFC that’s good chicken” Yurco (of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals); DJ’s A-Dog, Nastee, and Zach “ZJ” Johnson; and many more. This extended family often grows the band to 7, 8, 9, or 10 strong at area nightclubs but these six core musicians remain a constant.
DJ Rekkon (BTV)
Hailing from the DC/B-More area,living in Vermont. Walter Peterson aka Dj Rekkon is one of the true pioneers of digital/analog DJing. Starting in the gutters of the DC/Bmore “rave scene”, going to Fever, Buzz, Rise and Lonnies Wharehouse parties. It all started when he heard his first Drum and Bass track on a massive system. From that point on….he was hooked. He started Digilog Studios in 1997 combining digital and analog forms of music to make a truley unique sound. Producing music and playing it live started in 1997 before mp3’s were even really around. Cd decks had no place in the DJ culture at the time as future thinkers are always misunderstood. Later he moved over to event DJ’ing working hard to destroy the stigma of event/wedding djs. A true head who knows how to “rock a party”.
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