Rock, Psychedelic, Funk
From: Orlando, FL, United States

Band Members

  • Dave "the cat" Mann - guitarist, vocals
  • Adam Freeman - drums, vocals
  • Dave Whittaker - bass, vocals
  • Sharif Mekawy - keys, vocals

About Band

funkUs is one of Orlando's most prolific and enduring bands.  Their charismatic stage show and unique blend of musical genres, (dubbed "flavor rock" by the Orlando Weekly and declared "a guilty pleasure" by OW music critic, Jason Ferguson), have earned them a loyal following since their inception in 1998.  They perform regularly in the Central Florida area at music venues and festivals from coast to coast.

A leading figure in the Orlando music scene, the band is also responsible for organizing Jambando @ Hard Rock Live, a monthly showcase featuring the area's top jam bands, and regularly perform at the world famous venue to hundreds of fans each year.  Other accomplishments include a celebrated appearance at the inaugural Bluesfest in downtown Orlando, heralded as one of the best of the festival; the establishment of now legendary late-night jams for annual music festivals in DeLand and Daytona Beach; and multiple performances with original Grateful Dead keyboardist, Tom Constanten, who also appears on their latest CD release.

Toni Brown, former publisher/editor of Relix Magazine, writes:
"funkUs fits neatly into the eclectic jamband musical melting pot.  The band possesses powerful blues leanings and intense R&B and funk rhythms.  With an emphasis on meaningful songwriting and freeform jam exploration, their songs range from quirky and catchy to emotionally moving.  The combinations result in highly danceable, energetic grooves that reach dizzying, intoxicating highs or soothing, spiritual lows."

1.  flavour - LP release August 2001
2.  strobe light - LP release November 2002
3.  free - LP release May 2005
Features Tom Constanten of the Grateful Dead, members of Orlando bands The Legendary JCs, Refried Confusion, Bluelegs & Soul Cactus plus an exerpt from The Philips Phile, Real Radio 104.1 FM
4.  bread (tentative title) - In Production


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