Tweed Funk – Saturday February 25 8pm
For Tweed Funk, 2016 was year of highs and lows. The band released their 4th album, “Come Together”, on April 29, 2016 and received excellent critical acclaim and worldwide airplay. One month prior to the release of the album front man, Joseph “Smokey” Holman, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer. Tweed Funk continued to tour the east coast and Midwest through the summer of 2016 in support of the album, working their tour dates around Smokey’s chemotherapy and a couple of hospitalizations. During that time their latest album was featured as Dan Aykroyd’s “blues-breaker” on The Bluesmobile.com radio program; hit #11 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Album Chart; hit #19 on the Living Blues Chart; nominated for 4 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards; and Smokey was nominated for a Living Blues Most Outstanding Blues Singer Award.
The band stopped playing shows at the end of July while Smokey underwent a successful stem cell transplant. The Milwaukee community as well as the national blues community really pulled together during this time to support Smokey financially, emotionally, and spiritually. The show at Anodyne marks Tweed Funk’s triumphant return to the stage after a 7 month hiatus. The band looks forward to building on their success with another east coast tour in the summer of 2017. Through the fall excellent reviews on “Come Together” continued to roll in including being named to American Blues Scene’s “14 ‘New Old-Soul’ Acts You Need to Hear Right Now” – the list includes the late Sharon Jones, Leon Bridges, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and many more. Come out and celebrate Tweed Funk and Smokey’s return to the music!