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Brian Culbertson Releases New Album "Funk"

After achieving 28 #1 Billboard singles, Brian Culbertson is back with his new album "Funk!" a throwback to the funkadelic era featuring the lead single "Been Around the World" (#3 on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Songs) and a 64-show tour

Brian Culbertson

(Los Angeles, California - September 20, 2016) After achieving 28 Billboard No. 1 singles, and over 100k social media following, hit-maker Brian Culbertson has been in the studio conspiring with his cosmic group of musical soul brothers on his second funk collection, Funk!. The award-winning multi-instrumentalist who has released 15 studio albums will launch a coast-to-coast 64-date concert tour where the vivacious showman will be flanked by the same band showcased on the album.


Brian Culbertson sets his sights on a new canvas as he embarks on yet another exhilarating sonic excursion with Funk! A 14-track opus dedicated to a venerable and indisputably influential genre, Funk! finds Culbertson stretching beyond the boundaries of the jazz world while paying homage to a litany of funk pioneers from yesteryear. Buoyed by the lead single “Been Around The World" the new album features Culbertson lending his superb jazz chops to a dynamic stew of cover tunes and original compositions certain to make Funk! one of the most feted albums of 2016.


Born in a crucible of George Clinton’s patented hyperbolic wit, James Brown’s super syncopated soul, and the unmistakable groove of the Minneapolis sound, Funk! is a praiseworthy journey into sound that raises the roof at every turn. Furthering his mission to the masters, Culbertson approached the recording process in a way that stays true to the warmth and resonance of hits from a bygone era.


As the album’s lead single, “Been Around The World” is a celebration of funk’s international influence and undeniably vast reach. The single is currently sitting at #4 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Charts. Culbertson says, "In our travels, we realized that funk music has traveled the globe as well. Anywhere you go around the world, they know about funk. From China and Korea to Mexico and across Europe, everyone loves funk.” Culbertson and the crew also put their foot into a brilliant rework of the late Marvin Gaye’s 1976 classic “Got To Give It Up.” Funk! was recorded at Culbertson’s own newly reconstructed BCM Studios in his native Chicago with the help of his band members Marqueal Jordan, Tyrone Chase, Eddie Miller, Rodney Jones, Jr., Chris Miskel, Michael Stever and Chance Howard.


Culbertson says, “The concept for ‘Funk!’ was to make an old-school, throwback funkadelic record in the style of P-Funk meets Prince and to tour with the same band that appears on the album - my band plus Chance (Howard). The show we will be taking out on the road is unlike anything anyone has ever seen from me before. It’s on an entirely different level."


Tickets are currently on sale for The Funk! Tour. For more information, visit http://www.brianculbertson.com/tour


The Funk! Tour Itinerary:


9/22 thru 9/24              Seattle, WA                    Jazz Alley                                            

9/26/2016                    Portland, OR                  The Aladdin                                       

9/27/2016                    Bend, OR                       Tower Theatre                        

9/28/2016                    Sacramento, CA             Red Lion Hotel

9/29 thru 10/2              Oakland, CA                  Yoshi's

10/5/2016                    Fresno, CA                     Tower Theater

10/6/2016                    Santa Barbara, CA          The Lobero Theatre

10/7/2016                    Newport Beach, CA        Hyatt Newporter

10/8/2016                    Temecula, CA                  Thornton Winery

10/9/2016                    Scottsdale, AZ                  Live Wire

10/11 & 10/12             Denver, CO                      Soiled Dove

10/13/2016                  Salt Lake CIty, UT           The State Room

10/14 & 10/15             Las Vegas, NV                 Aliante Casino

10/16/2016                  Catalina Island, CA            Jazz Trax

10/19/2016                  St. Louis, MO                   The Pagent

10/20/2016                  Indianapolis, IN                 Murat Theater

10/21/2016                  Cincinnati, OH                   Ludlow Garage

10/22/2016                  Akron, OH                        Civic Theater

10/23/2016                  New Albany, OH               Schottenstein Theatre

10/25/2016                  Pittsburgh, PA                    Manchester Craftsmen Guild

10/26 & 10/27             New York, NY                  BB Kings

10/28/2016                  Cranston, RI                       Park Theatre

10/29/2016                  New Haven, CT                 John Lyman Center

10/30/2016                  Boston, MA                       Scullers

11/1/2016                    Dunham, NC                      Carolina Theatre

11/2 & 11/3                 Alexandria, VA                   Birchmere

11/4/2016                    Collingswood, NJ               Scottish Rite Auditorium

11/5/2016                    Mount Pocono, PA             Mt. Airy Casino Resort

11/6/2016                    Annapolis, MD                    Rams Head

11/9/2016                    Louisville, KY                     Henry Clay Ballroom

11/10/2016                  Milwaukee, WI                   Potawatomi Casino

11/11/2016                  Minneapolis, MN                Dakota

11/12/2016                  Kansas City, MO                NLB Museum

11/13/2016                  Royal Oak, MI                    Royal Oak

11/16 & 11/17             Chicago, IL                         Vic Theatre

11/18/2016                  Peoria, IL                            Limelight

11/19/2016                  Greeneville, TN                   Niswonger PAC

11/20/2016                  Atlanta, GA                         Symphony Hall