Where Funk And Soul Mix Together Like Fine Wine

A Soothing Elixir For Your Soul

Who We Are

You’ve never experienced funk and soul coming together into a good time until you’ve hung with us for a night.

The Funk Mix

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Brandon Bower
Lead/Guitar

 

Hailing from Augusta, Georgia where funk and soul seems to run in the water, Brandon Bower dove in head first, sunk to the bottom, and came back up with an undeniable force.

He draws from such inspirations as fellow Augustan, the Godfather of Soul himself, Mr. James Brown. In fact a local radio personality said it best “If Elvis Presley and James Brown had a child, it would be no other than Brandon Bower” . He captivates audiences with relentless passion for the sake of the message. He has honed his craft of performing and writing through ten years of gigging and touring. During that time he has shared the stage with James Brown and the Soul Generals, Jennifer Nettles (currently of Sugarland), Colonel Bruce Hampton and The Code Talkers, Tim Reynolds, Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors, Guitar Wizard Monte Montgomery, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Michael Montgomery, Twila Paris, and the list goes on. In conjunction with performing, Brandon is a distinguished songwriter of over 50 originals and has co-written with Charles Kelley, frontman of the chart topping trio, Lady Antebellum.

One of his biggest strengths is his versatility. He can comfortably play and sing Rock, Funk, Soul, Country, Jazz, Jam, R & B, Gospel, Metal, and it is not uncommon to hear a little of all the above in his show. Brandon spent over five years touring as lead singer, guitar player, and writer, for the band The Big Mighty. They kept over 200 tour dates a year rising to the top of their booking agency. The band won Favorite Band of Best of Augusta Awards, as well as Best Vocalist, Best Bass Player, and Favorite Solo Performer. If you ever had the opportunity of catching one of Brandon’s live performances you will quickly see that his tenacity never wains. Whether ministering around the world or singing all night in the deep south honky tonks, whether one fan or a crowd of a thousand, Brandon puts all that he is into his performance.

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J.J. Bower
Drums

JJ was born and raised in Augusta, GA., the home of James Brown and the Masters golf tournament. While attending Westside High School (as well as Greene-Taliaferro High School for one year,) he studied and performed music and also played football, tennis, and golf. He was a member of the all-star Atlanta Olympic Band (Tenors), allowing him the opportunity to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the Georgia All-State Jazz ensemble (Drum Set), and district and county honor bands (Snare, Percussion). He attended the University of Georgia where he was a member of the UGA Redcoat Marching Band, Drumline, Derbies Band, Concert Band, Basketball Band, and Hand Percussion Ensemble. He also studied at Augusta State University, majoring in Broadcast & Film and participating in the rowing crew (Men’s Varsity 8) as well as the university’s jazz ensemble.

JJ’s main instruments are drums and percussion and he has been studying, recording, performing, teaching, and touring for more than two decades. His many styles and influences include rock, funk, alternative, jazz,  latin, indie, metal, punk, hardcore, noise, country, folk, classical, lo-fi, and electronic music. He also enjoys singing, playing guitar, bass, piano, and composing electronic music. He owns and operates a home studio used to cut demos and record bands, most recently the album Songs for Charlie, by Los Angeles recording artists meAndme. He also teaches drum and percussion lessons to players of all ages and skill levels.

JJ moved to Virginia Beach from Los Angeles in February 2014 to perform full-time with Brandon and Levi, 2 of his favorite musicians. During his 5 years in Los Angeles, JJ was a member of the electro-rock band Battle Tapes, releasing two well-received EP’s Sleepwalker and Sweatshop Boys, performing multiple shows at legendary venues including the Roxy, Viper Room, Spaceland, Satellite, the Echo, Bootleg Theater, Observatory, and a slot in the 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival. Their songs have been placed in numerous commercials and movie trailers, including MTV’s Teen Wolf and the video game Grand Theft Auto V.

While in Los Angeles, JJ also toured nationwide with Athens, GA-based band Dead Confederate, including appearances at SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Austin Psychfest. He took part in the recording of their album In The Marrow, drumming on every track.

Other artists JJ has played drums for include: Riff Raff Kings, Blue Blood, Velveteen Pink, Foul Mouth Mitchy, Regatta 69, The Big Mighty, Daniel Dingeldein, John Cougar TrainingCamp, Blue Flashing Light, Kilter, Dames Ferry, The Bee’s Knees Jazz Trio, Brother Grey, David Fagin, Figure Four, Pivot, Hostility Injection, Elliot Holden Group, Jeremy Carr, Mortisphere, Prefontaine, and Rasta Blanca. These bands have given me the opportunity to tour across the U.S., Europe, as well as 3 tours of mainland China. He has performed as an orchestral percussionist for both the Oconee Youth Playhouse and Rose of Athens Theater in Athens, Georgia. In 2005, JJ won the “Ohio Drum Battle” drum solo competition, achieving the title of “Ohio’s Best Drummer,” receiving a mention in DRUM! Magazine Online.

When not drumming, JJ is involved and interested in acting, video production, editing, sound mixing, scoring, and post-production. He has directed music videos for bands, produced comedy shorts, and hosted an “Artist to Watch” video segment for Rolling Stone Magazine. While in L.A., he studied Improv at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater.

Additionally, JJ is a commercial and character voice actor available for t.v. and radio spots, audiobooks, video games, narration, and animated programs.

He currently lives in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife, Luisa.

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Nick “Levi” Pulaski
Guitar

Affectionally nicknamed “Levi”  in his 20’s, Levi has 26 years of experience laying down the funk.  At the age of eight Nick picked up a bass and started learning grooves under his father John Pulaski, who is a music legend in Augusta, Georgia. With his brother at his side playing the drums, Levi spent his growing years gleaning much knowledge from his musical family. He denotes his “pocket groove” to the tutelage of his older brother Michael and their experiences as the rhythm  section for their father.

Some of his influences in music include Jaco Pastorious, Rocco Prestia, Donald “Duck” Dunn and Les Claypool.  He has played countless gigs with numerous bands, some include Josh & Charles Kelley, Elliot Holden, Fun Time Band, Island Boy, Vedette, and The Big Mighty. When he’s not on stage he is in the studio making others sound better with his impeccable groove.

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