Cathead Birthday Jam featuring Keller Williams + More

Cathead Birthday Jam featuring Keller Williams + More

The Hip Abduction, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Vamps

Jun 03 Saturday

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 3:30 pm

Cathead Distillery

Jackson, MS

$12.50 - $20

This event is all ages

No refunds or exchanges. Rain or shine.

Tickets are $15 advance. Children 10 and under receive free admission.

Gates open at 2:00pm, music starts at 3:00pm.

You are welcome to bring chairs & blankets. No coolers allowed.

Keller Williams - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Keller Williams
Keller Williams, the ultimate one man band, has made his mark playing from coast to coast with his Boss Loop Station. Creating kaleidoscopic tunes one layer at a time, Keller is a one man jam band and a legend in the making.

A mainstay on the festival circuit, and a favorite in all of his various incarnations, Keller is one of the most diverse performers in the jam scene, keeping his schedule full with dates all around the country and releasing albums almost annually.

For his Warehouse debut, Williams will be playing with his newest group, Keller Williams KWahtro. The foursome is made up of Williams, Gibb Droll, Danton Boller and Rodney Holmes.
The Hip Abduction - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
The Hip Abduction
The Hip Abduction is an afro-pop/ indie-rock band hailing from St. Petersburg, FL. The sextet places a heavy emphasis on African stringed instruments (kora, ngoni) mixed with dub-reggae bass lines and funky afro- beat percussion making their tropically influenced high-energy performances stand out on festival lineups nationwide. In 2013, The Hip Abduction released a self-titled debut album which landed them at the top of the iTunes and Billboard reggae charts. THA is currently in the studio and looking forward to a follow-up full-album release in early 2016.
Big Sam's Funky Nation - (Set time: 5:00 PM)
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Noladelic PowerFunk. That's the sound Big Sam's Funky Nation have been whipping up for more than a decade. It's high-energy music that mixes funk, rock & roll, hip-hop, and jazz into the same pot, glueing everything together with the brassy influence — and heavy grooves — of New Orleans.

From national performances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits to hometown appearances Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest, Big Sam's Funky Nation have built their reputation onstage. The band's live performance are legendary, filled with blasts of brass, bursts of electric guitar, and the charisma of Big Sam, a frontman who sings, plays, dances, and involves the audience in everything he does. You don't just watch a Funky Nation show. You become part of the show, singing along with Big Sam whenever he demands a call-and-response.

A native of New Orleans, Big Sam first rose to fame as a member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose touring schedule kept the young trombonist on the road for 300 days a year. The group performed with bands from all genres, backing up Widespread Panic one minute before sharing the stage with Dave Matthews Band the next. A fan of diverse bands like Parliament Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour, and Prince, Big Sam loved the variety that Dirty Dozen Brass Band offered. He wanted to front his own group, though. He needed to sing, to engage the crowd, to write his own songs. Inspired to chase down that dream, he formed Big Sam's Funky Nation, reaching out to some of his favorite players from around the Big Easy — including Joshua Connelly, Chocolate Milk, Jerry "J Blakk" Henderson, and Drew "Da Phessah" Baham — to create his own supergroup.

Big Sam isn't the only member of the Funky Nation to sport some serious credentials. J Blakk kicked off his career as a trumpet player, even performing with Southern University's marching band — Human Jukebox — before finding his love for bass. Horn player Da Phessah established himself around town as an in-demand producer and multi-instrumentalist. Guitar player Connelly grew up on rock & roll, eventually growing into a world-class musician whose style dips into rock, funk and jazz. Chocolate Milk began drumming in church. Together, those five musicians make up Big Sam's Funky Nation, a group that knows no boundaries, no limits, no restrictions — only the thrill that comes from playing music inspired by the thrills of their New Orleans hometown.

"We don't cater to one demographic," says Big Sam, rattling off a list of jam band festivals, jazz shows, rock clubs, and funk gigs that his band has played since 2007. "We play music for everybody. It's not just funk; that's the foundation, but the music goes from funk to rock to wild jazz. It's music about love and partying. Everyone can get down with that."
The Vamps - (Set time: 3:30 PM)
The Vamps
Imagine if Cannonball Adderley…
… set out from his home in Florida on a cross-country trip and swung through Mississippi and Memphis on his way up to New York City where he encountered John Scofield at a Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting. The result would yield something resembling The Vamps. Earthy, yet sophisticated, The Vamps offer something simultaneously for both your brain and your rump. With instrumentation that can scale fluidly from a trio to an octet, and a lineup that consists of B.B. King and Stax alumni among others, the group are stalwarts of the Jackson, Mississippi club scene. They are purveyors of an encyclopedia of styles ranging from Latin,Deep Funk, New Orleans, Bebop, Reggae, Memphis Soul, Jazz Standards, and Blues.
Venue Information:
Cathead Distillery
422 South Farish St
Jackson, MS, 39201