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Freakjams is your source for independent music! You will not find a collection of musical deities anywhere else in the world. Freakjams goal is to put forth the lifestyle of Freakjams itself and to expose original Freakjams to people and aliens across the planets.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

35 - Packway Handle Band

Genre: Folk/ Acoustic/ Bluegrass
Location: Athens, GA
Website: www.packwayhandleband.com

Bio: The poignant poignards of Packway Handle's poetic political diatribe stabs through their badass Bluegrass freakjams and drives deep into the epicenter of your life-force. They bring an environmental and enlightened conciousness to their lyrical endeavors. Lets not forget their ho-down style acoustic jams for one second. Packway handle strokes out four part vocal harms over driving mandolin, finger pickin banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar and stand up bass. Their live show whisks you away to Bluegrass heaven with an old school Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs jam session complete with the Devil went Down to Georgia hog-stompin fiddle work. Having seen them at a few venues including but not limited to the Olde Auburn Ale House; The Event Center in Opelika, AL; and the old 280 Boogie in Waverly, AL; I have experienced Packway Handle whipping a rowdy crowd up to freak out, jam and get nasty as well as seen them emit a serene zen-like essence enveloping the audience while simultaneously seeping into their chi. Packway handle will store these life-essences deep in your chakras and once called upon the spirit of Packway will uplift the gonads and unleash new energies that remain and power you up in all future lives and life situations.

In addition to their secret life mana, they have a cool website where you can check out tour dates and links. Packway Handle is constantly out there putting their smart and topical hillbilly mountain jams in front of mad domes. Already slammin festies and rockin larger and larger venues, The Packway Handle Band will soon be at the top of the charts (if not Billboard then at least the Freakjams charts!). Also they have a powerful message about nuclear waste and the state of the environment. Here at Freakjams we like the environment and dont like improper nuclear waste storage and disposal. So reduce, reuse, recycle and remember the name Packway Handle Band.

Friday, April 15, 2011

34 - Mojoflo

Genre: Jazz/ Funk/ R&B/ Soul/ Hip-Hop/ Freakjams
Location: Columbus, OH
Website: http://mojoflo.net/

Bio: Mojoflo is a slam packed punch of funk and soul energy surging out of Columbus, OH. This band has a two-piece horn section, keys, bass, drums, lead guitar and a smooth but powerful lead singer to top it all off. Together creating a steamy Columbus, Ohio chili bowl of soul, they mix in the freshest morsels, tidbits and spices of Reggae, Hip-Hop and Funk to create a brain satiating taste explosion of run-on sentences. These guys recently funked the funk out down at the Nowhere bar in Athens, GA last Thursday and are continuing on their grueling tour of the southland throughout the month. Checkout their homepage for tour dates! This is their first time rocking down here in the heart of dixie and they're generating a well-deserved buzz.

Although MJF has an extended repertoire of cover material, their originals really get the party poppin! Their influences range from new school R&B singers like Rihanna, Cee-Lo and Jill Scott to the golden old school sounds of Chaka Khan, AL Green, Curtis Mayfield and Al Green and Al Green. You can also hear a lot of Jazz influence in their improvisations. Mojoflo invokes sounds of new funk bands like Lettuce; Soulive; Medeski, Martin and Wood; Adam Deitch and Break Science; and Philly Style funk like: Fatback, Jill Scott, and the Roots. Don't forget the Hip-Hop! Mojoflo's drummer switches up the flow busting out lyrical gems all the while keepin time and letting beats flow. His tongue-twisting verbal ability over a pulsating funk groove is comprable to Miyamoto Musashi's ambidextrous stylings. Another high point in their show is when they mash up Hip Hop tunes with the song that beat was originally sampled from. Mojoflo goes from Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up" into "Touch The Sky" by Kanye West with agile horns, harmonious vocals and radical rhyme-kicking mic skills. If you need some new vibes to jam to, or better yet Freakjam to, then go flo with Mojoflo!

33 - The Boat Wizard

Location: Nomadic but frequently found in Nashville, TN; Auburn, AL; Troy, AL; and Atlanta, GA.
Genre: undisclosed
Website: Unavailable at this time.

Bio: News Flash! The Boat Wizard is Back! He is currently finishing worktapes for his debut album. We don't know when his face will be revealed because he is a wanted man in several dimensions, time zones and galaxies. In addition to making the Kessel run in under 4.3 parsecs the Boat Wizard has many tricks up his proverbial sleeve including but not limited to: an extended knowledge of Boat Wizardry (actually holding a degree from Columbia in the subject); Mad skills; Extended flossability; and an excellent sense of style. The Boat Wizard has finally made his first official appearance on Freakjams. Stay tuned for more info...

(Looking for a different boat wizard? Find out more here: A Different Kind of Boat Wizard?