"Upping the ante with their new CD "Love Is" Tweed Funk returns and proves they are better than ever. Smokey, JD, Marcus, Saxophonist Jon Lovas, Trumpet-man Kevin Klemme are joined on the project with some amazing guest musicians (including the CD's producer Greg Koch on rhythm guitar). "Love Is" has something for everyone - Blues, Soul, Funk, and Rock and is sure to please even the most discerning music fan. "Love Is" will make Tweed Funk a household name!" - Kevin Hardy, Music Director, Kansas City Online Radio
- 2012 WAMI R&B/Soul Artist of the Year
- Chicago Blues Guide Hot Pick of the Week (3 times)
- 2012 International Blues Challenge Competitor
- 2012 WAMI Nominee - Male Vocalist of the Year (Smokey)
- 2011 WAMI Nominee - New Artist of the Year
- Debut CD 18 Weeks on the Roots Music Report Blues Internet Chart including 6 weeks in the Top 5
- Debut CD Airplay on 150+ Stations Worldwide
On March 15th, 2011, Tweed Funk released their debut CD, ‘Bringin It’, which has spent 18 weeks on the Roots Music Report Blues Internet Chart including 6 weeks in the Top 5.
“The Milwaukee quartet that call themselves Tweed Funk have just released an eye-opening debut entitled ‘Bringin It’, that combines elements of jazz, neo-soul, funk, and the blues to create a high-energy, versatile sound, and includes nine originals and one cool cover…Tweed Funk have taken the traditions of the blues and today's music to successfully forge a unique sound all their own.”– Nashville Blues Society
Formed in the fall of 2010, Tweed Funk has quickly gained recognition nationally with the release of their debut CD, ‘Bringin It’. The band brings an edge to the music of their forefathers by wrapping together blues, soul, funk, and elements of hip-hop in show band style. Tweed Funk has performed at some of the top venues including: International Blues Challenge - Memphis; House of Blues – Chicago; Waukesha BluesFest; Paramount Blues Festival After-Party; BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups; River City Blues Society; Summerfest; and Famous Dave’s Bluesfest. Additionally, the band toured in the Midwest/South in support of their CD release.
Fronted by Smokey's sweet, soulful vocals, audiences can quickly hear how Smokey was a pick to hit the Billboard Soul Top 20 back in the 70’s on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records with the band Love’s Children. JD Optekar’s tasteful guitar lines and roots-rock vocals lend versatility to the band. Eric Madunic is the group's newest member laying down the groove, singing harmonies and some lead vocals. Eric's passion for Memphis-style soul in the tradition of Donald "Duck" Dunn can be heard in his bass playing. Marcus “MG” Gibbons rounds-out the line-up on the drums as one of the area's hottest session drummers who has worked and toured extensively with national acts. This 4 piece band generates a sound much fuller than you would expect all while leaving the space in the music that defines top-shelf blues bands.