Traveling the USA coast to coast, hitting all the funnest music festivals, and exploring the nations best music cities…Jam in the Van records some of the most talented musicians on the touring scene today in the world’s first solar powered music discovery vehicle. And, they will turn you on to tons of bands you haven’t heard of yet, but will surely love. Check out their archives here.
I love that Jam in the Van has made a music discovery website & YouTube Channel that allows for discovery of all types of music…and in an intimate live format. Their vision for Jam in the Van is similar to my intent for Funkish, in that, they wanted this to be a place to find something you might never have the occasion to find, and to take that and make it your next favorite song or musician.
This post highlights some of my favorite videos from the Jam in the Van archives. Many of these musicians have been featured in Funkish, and appear in my Spotify playlists, as well as artists I like, and yet haven’t fit them into any Funkish playlists yet. I tried to select the funkiest, most soulful songs, some New Orleans music, a little world beat music, plenty of genre-benders, and a couple old favorites.
This is the first playlist of all music videos for Funkish. Watch them below, and follow this YouTube playlist to see them all there, with extras (and I’ll keep adding to it in future).
I hope you enjoy. Now watch the videos…
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And, I’m especially happy to see my old friend Tato in this video playing bongos. We were friends when I lived on Maui, and he even generously played congas at my first DJ gigs as I spun world beat house music. Tato’s a real cool cat from Uruguay. I’m stoked for their success, and the opportunity that Tato gets as the percussionist with this outstanding band. Promise Of The Real is most definitely the real deal!
Growing up, the music of his Puerto Rican, Cruzan and Irish heritage was cooked up in the South Carolina heat. The Calypso rhythms and folk songs of St. Croix competed with the R&B/soul of pioneers like James Brown and Ray Charles for space on the family stereo.
As Deputy honed his craft, a unique hybrid of these influences emerged, ultimately creating the signature Zach Deputy sound. To bring this sound to the stage, the big, impossibly upbeat South Carolinian with the infectious smile puts on a solo show — enhanced by looping technology — that is essentially a one man dance party offering up what he calls “Island-infused, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul,” which you can experience in all its glory here.
One thing I love about the Jam In The Van music videos is that the musicians give amazing performances.There are several examples where the bands KILL IT in The Van, giving us awesome live versions of their songs which are far superior to their albums. This is the perfect example because you get to see how the band totally gets into it live, especially their two cute singers that move the groove with their sexy smiles & little dance moves.
If you like Mali music, or are simply a fan of powerful guitar playing, then you’ll surely love his modern music, made up of driving rhythms & soaring guitars. The Jam In The Van guys caught up with him & his band when they were on the lineup at New Orleans Jazz Fest, so you know the dude’s got chops.
Singer & lyricist, Lech Wierzynkski, writes & sings fun, funky soulful tunes. I’ve never seen them live, but you can just sense from listening to their records that it’s all about the live show — the proof is right here. The band is tight as a drum too. They expertly evoke the Motown sound, while never sounding cliche or derivative. The instrumentation is always absorbing, compelling, and stimulating. Listen to their tribute to soul singer Bobby Bland here.
I was immediately impressed with the quality of the video, and that this is a stellar version of Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers tune, “Ashley’s Roachclip,” which doesn’t appear on any Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe albums. I knew then that I’d stumbled on an incredible resource, and that I’d return to Jam In The Van repeatedly.
Now signed onto the always excellent Easy Star Records, this hard-working band continually tours the USA spreading good vibes. Jambase says, “The band’s five masterful musicians weave layers of complex music within a reggae framework and may be one of the most diverse bands in the genre.” See them rocking The Van in this video for “OK OK.”
Chali2Na definitely has a commanding stage presence. I’m glad I got to see him live with Galactic on their Corner To The Block tour once in NYC.
Watch them perform “Comin Thru,” which is based on a dope sample of “Kabaluere,” a funky, rocking 1970’s Brazilian song.
If you love soul music, you’ll love Desi Valentine. You may not have heard of him yet, but he’s poised to become one of the next top soul men. Watch him perform “One Night Stand” here, and say you heard him before everybody else on Jam In The Van.
Let’s close out this playlist the way we started it…with Pimps of Joytime. The PJTs are one of America’s top touring bands, and funkiest, most dynamic, exciting live acts. They’re always on tour, performing at lots of music festivals, bringing the funk to the people. They “Keep That Music Playing” for you non-stop.