King Juba’s New Year’s Eve Funk & Soul Throwdown!

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King Juba’s New Year’s Eve Funk & Soul Throwdown!

12/31/2018 - 01/01/2019 10:00 pm
Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight! $5 Cover
  • King Juba

    Not even dark clouds and pouring rain could dampen the Fourth of July afternoon at Blue Sky Winery with King Juba on stage. And you just can’t help but feel the groove as front man James Barnes shows off his funky dance moves that make you think he’s been possessed by the spirits of James Brown and Michael Jackson. King Juba includes Barnes and veteran guitarist Dave Parish, sax player Shadi Frick, drummer Matt Linsin, and former Jungle Dogs bass player Eddie Chapa. They all have one thing in common – a love of the blues, funk, and soul – and they love to talk about it.

    “King Juba started about four months ago, but I’ve been around the area for about 30 years, playing with Big Larry and my own band back in the 80s,” Barnes said. “I love blues and funk and just love music, period. Some of my favorite blues entertainers are B.B. King and the late Koko Taylor, but I’ve also been influenced by singers like Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Tom Jones. Most of all, I like making people happy with my music.”

    “I just love music in general, but the blues is just fun to play,” said Shadi Frick. “You can let your emotions out and frustrations, especially on a rainy day like this. I’m loading up my gear and getting mud all over my shoes – now that’s the blues.”

    Watch for a CD from King Juba to be released sometime next year.

The Grotto, Carbondale Illinois
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