Funk and Soul at the Knickerbocker Saloon

March  2019 / 20 No Comments

This Friday People’s Live brings the sounds of Chicago Funk and Soul with Bumpus at the Knickerbocker Saloon! This is the real deal, a 9 piece band that will get you out of your seat and moving! So do yourself a favor and be at the Bocker in Lafayette, Indiana on March 22nd! Bumpus will not disappoint!

Bumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energy of Sly & the Family Stone, the energy of James Brown and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together funky big beats, deep bass, lush JB Horns and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane musical funk frenzy.



Chicago Funk and Soul act Bumpus

This show is 21+ / $10 cover at the door

Doors 8:00pm / Music 9:00pm more information can be found on the Facebook event page.

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Bumpus has done something few modern bands have done. Tapping into the deeply buried vein to rediscover the sound of timeless soul music.”
– Chicagoist

“Bumpus has earned their funk degree!” – Fred Wesley

Chicago-based funk and soul outfit Bumpus has been a mainstay in the Midwest for a couple decades now and it’s easy to see why- from their inception in the early 2000s up to now, almost two decades later, this band has been pumping out nitty-gritty stylings that draw comparisons to Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament, and other legends of the funk.

“The blueprint for Bumpus really comes from Sly & The Family Stone. The original members of Bumpus were all obsessed with Sly’s 1973 masterpiece, “Fresh.” We play funky music, we feature different voices throughout our show, and we shine the spotlight on each member of the band in every performance. We started straight out of high school and have had 3 distinct versions of the band, but we’ve been a band for over 20 years. As for the name, many people think it has to do with A Christmas story (“The Bumpus Hounds” being the main source of consternation for the protagonist’s “Old Man”) but our original name was Natty Bumpus and the Booty Wompers. That name lasted for exactly one show.”


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