Bump Kitchen, a Tacoma, Wash., six-piece band that pumps out the hard-hitting funk and deliciously smooth soul, are known for their tight performances and inteteraction with the audience.
Formed just over nine years ago by Everett James, Bump Kitchen was founded on the idea that there’s still a place for real musicians playing funk and soul in the Pacific Northwest. Tony Harper’s rich vocals are backed by powerful four-part harmony reminiscent of the Neville Brothers. Keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and saxophone combine to provide delectable, danceable funk to an audience that’s always begging for more!
Their first album, Big Ol’ Bones, was released in 2002. Chock full of tasty, bluesy originals like “Big Ol’ Bones” and the rhumbarific “Don’t Say Don’t.”
The sophomore album Who Ordered the Waffle came in 2009 and showed off a funkier, more soulful sound to the group. Howard Dukes of Soultracks.com recommended the album and wrote, “Casual fans might not care about hearing a band where the musicians demand equal billing with the vocalist. And that’s not because lead singer Tony Harper can’t hold his own. Nothing can be further from the truth. Harper has a raspy, throaty tenor voice that’s perfectly in sync with the high energy brand of rock infused funk that is Bump Kitchen’s forte. These guys have the skills, and they aren’t ashamed to show it.”
Fast forward to 2011 for the release of Live at The Yale, which just hit the streets in July, Combining original songs from Big Ol’ Bones and Who Ordered the Waffle along with a hot instrumental track, the world will finally get to carry around a portable version of the funktastic, delectable live sound of Bump Kitchen. Bill Buckley of the UK’s SoulandJazzandFunk.com says; “They “do” funk with consummate ease but in TONY HARPER they possess a superbly soulful front man ”
For more information on Bump Kitchen, visit www.bumpkitchen.com. Already hungry for more? Visit iTunes or cdbaby.com and pick up a copy of any of their albums right now.
Tony Harper – Vocals and Percussion
Everett James – Drums and Vocals.
Mark Bittler – keyboards and Vocals
Joe Bevens – Bass and Vocals
David Broyles – guitar and vocals
Aaron Dressler – sax and flute
- Big Ol’ Bones (2003)
- Who Ordered The Waffle? (2009)
- ‘Live at The Yale’ 2011
The release of Who Ordered the Waffle? has been announced on local radio networks and several cuts have received airplay.
EVERETT, a native of Harlem, picked up the sticks at age 8, and they’ve never left his hands since. The Head Chef of Bump Kitchen, Everett has shared his powerful musical talent with many fabulous artists. His chops got him voted “Drummer of the Millennium 2000″ by the Tacoma Blues Society. Everett’s travels around the country have brought him to the stage and studios of many musical legends, all part of gathering the recipe to make Bump Kitchen cook!
MARK has been playing music for as long as he or anyone else can remember. From bigbands to jazz combos to heavy metal to pop to classical to new age, Mark has done it all. He has even written several scores for films! HOWEVER….there has always been something at his core that he has nurtured and shared with all that are willing to listen: THE FUNK! Are you next?
DAVID is a Washington native, making his home in Olympia. He is a veteran northwest musician having played with numerous bands for the past 30 years, including Sweatband, Reunion, and Mother’s Friends (with Tony Harper on vocals). He’s played on a variety of film and video soundtracks, including the film “It’ll Be Better Tomorrow” with Robert Downey, Jr narrating. An avid funkster, he is very excited to be adding his special blend of groove ingredients to the Bump Kitchen recipe!
JOE began his musical journey playing guitar but eventually he picked up the bass and realized his destiny. Mr. Bevens has played with hard hitters such as Mike Japp, and Northwest rock and blues guitarist Steve Stefanowicz. Joe has also collaborated on many projects with his longtime friend Everett James. Beside a good reach-out-and-smack-ya-across-the-face bass riff, Joe is also fond of motorcycles, good food, and of course, women…
AARON is a Seattle area native, but has spent much of his professional career on the east coast. He studied Saxophone and Flute at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has performed and recorded with many professional artists and producers, spanning most popular styles of music. Aaron has shared the stage with the likes of Ryan Leslie, Usher, Brother Ali, Slick Rick, Guy Oscious from Sly and the Family Stone, James Carter among many others. He has also recorded for Anthony Hamilton, India Arie, Grammy Award Winning Producer Ken Lewis, Audible Mainframe, Bad Rabbits, and the Lifted Crew.