Big Sam's Funky Nation is notorious for starting a relentless "NOLAdelic" funk party in every city that the band touches down in. A masterful blend of funk, rock, hip-hop, jazz and R&B captivates the audience while the powerful brass harmonies of the trombone and trumpet bring the groove to a different level. Big Sam Williams flaunts an electric stage presence while singing, dancing, and playing his horn in order to keep the show fully charged.
Big Sam is no stranger to the stage, having honed his skills at the tender age of 19 with the world renowned Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Since then, he has excelled as a band leader, toured with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint in support of the Grammy Nominated "River in Reverse" recording following Hurricane Katrina, appeared in a recurring role on the acclaimed HBO series "Treme", and has performed at some of the most popular national and international music festivals.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The San Francisco Chronicle calls Big Sam “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk. Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. When you add the band’s solos, to Big Sam’s dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!