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Funk Rush And Mac Arnold To Play In Brevard This Weekend - Brevard, NC


October 12, 2017

Funk Rush, a dynamic instrumental quartet blending funk, form and improvisation, takes the stage at 185 King St. this Friday at 8 p.m. Their debut full-length album was released in August.

Scott Newell (guitar) started his musical life as an elementary school student, playing trumpet in school band and quickly gravitating towards the guitar. In his 20s he fell under the spell of Miles Davis and all the connections that sprung from the Miles Davis legacy.

Rob Bowser (keys, synths) started playing drums at the age of 8 in his hometown of Reading, Penn. His early influences were mostly gospel and R&B musicians from the greater Philadelphia area. Rob transitioned into self-taught piano and organ at the age of 17. His more recent influences include popular mainstream and jazz players such as Taylor Eigsti, Cory Henry, Robert “Sput” Searight and Robert Glasper.

Donté Forsythe (drums) of the Raleigh area is a relentless groove machine. His rock steady time and brilliant yet effortlessly placed accents allow the band to explore new territory as soloists.

Michael Pressley (trumpet, flugelhorn) is a Berklee College of Music alum and most recent addition to the band. He brings with him fantastic chops and musicality that’s opened up new melodic and harmonic possibilities within the group. Michael connected with Funk Rush while on tour with Phantom Pop in 2016.

Funk Rush has been heard on WNCW, on-air for their “Live in Studio B” sessions and continues to perform in the Carolinas and southeast region.

Mac Arnold plays Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Arnold was born in Ware Place, S.C., one of 13 children born and raised on a sharecropper’s farm. His musical journey began in the 1950’s when he and his brother Leroy fashioned a guitar from a steel gas can, wood, nails and screen wire.

His early career included working with a young James Brown in the band, J. Floyd & the Shamrocks. Arnold moved to Chicago in 1965, where he worked with A.C. Reed prior to joining Muddy Waters’ band in 1966.

Arnold formed the Soul Invaders in 1967, finding work backing up BB King, The Temptations and others.

His studio work in the 1960s includes playing bass on several notable blues albums, including Otis Spann’s “The Blues Is Where It’s At,” and John Lee Hooker’s “Live At Cafe Au Go Go.” He performed in various session works after moving to California in the 1970s.

Arnold’s distinctive bass line can be heard on the theme for the TV show “Sanford and Son.” His TV work also included a four-year gig as part of the set band on “Soul Train.”

Arnold is now back on tour with his latest band, Plate Full O’ Blues.


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