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Charles Walker Band with Marvin LeRoy & The Gold Marquees
October 6, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$8
Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful. Grounded in
soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The
Brand New Heavys, and James Brown. The Milwaukee based band has refined
their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk infused rhythms with pop
melodies. The three-piece band rehearses tirelessly in Charles’ basement,
amidst couches and low ceilings, Charles having to stoop the entire time.
The questions he always poses to the band are: How can this be tighter?
How can this song look different? How can we get fans involved? Fans love
the band’s positive energy music and attend shows because they feel better
than when they arrived. The Charles Walker Band is Deliciously Stanky.
Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful.
Charles grew up literally in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by dairy
farms and apple orchards, the closest town miles away, he found music in
six grade. After being presented with various instruments, he desperately
wanted to play trombone. However, his music teacher asserted he had the
perfect mouth for saxophone, and his career was started. Walker started
the Charles Walker Band 15 years ago, initially as a blues band. When
Porsche Carmon joined, a Columbus, OH native and female vocalist and hand
percussionist in the band, the sound begin to shift towards funk.
Eventually, Charles and Porsche became a couple, and together laugh, cry,
and argue about how best to plan shows that compete with cell phones and
tablets. As a testament to their ability to create an engaging show, one
fan said at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, “I had to go to the bathroom for two
hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!”
The core of the Charles Walker Band is a three piece band. Besides
Charles and Porsche, Paris Howard nails down the drums.
The group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire, the
Commodores, BB King, Cameo, Aaron Neville, and Richard Marx. They have
been featured on Fox News, NBC Live in the Morning, The Morning Blend,
Discover Wisconsin, were the featured artist on the Blues Review and Soul
Bag sampler CD’s, being nominated five years in a row for best soul/R&B
act by WAMI, winning in 2013.
Counting Ghetto Prophet, the band has released eight albums, each an
evolution of sound while retaining roots in positivity. Walker says of
Ghetto Prophet, released on Ehlona Records, “One in a Million, where the
album’s title originates, tells the story of an impoverished child
becoming a success. This child ignores his circumstances because his
vision is strong. He holds onto the belief that his dream is possible.
That he could be that one in a million. Ultimately he represents the
greatness in us all.”
Marvin Leroy & The Gold Marquees plays funk, soul and blues dance tunes, from classic hits to forgotten nuggets, with even a little low down dirty blues thrown in the mix. The band is composed of longtime Bloomington, Indiana music educators, musicians and music historians, whom have played in a vast number of bands over the years. The core of the band is Marv Druin on vocals and guitar, Jeff Shew on bass and vocals, Niko Albanese on drums, and splitting gigs between Joe McCadden and Matt Boat on guitar, along with having special guests on horns, harmonica and vocals.