Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk.  The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and he refuses to let the audience sit still.  With serious funk solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is through the roof when this band takes the stage!

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Brooklyn Bowl presents Big Sam's Funky Nation September 6The band is comprised of Andrew Baham on Trumpet/Vocals/Keys, Andrew Block on Guitar, Chocolate MILK on Drums, and Eric Vogel on Bass in addition to Big Sam on Trombone/Vocals.  BSFN’s signature Powerfunk sound combines a rock sensibility paired up with jazz improv and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.

Big Sam began playing with the Dirty Dozen at the tender age of 19 before striking out on his own and creating the Funky Nation.  Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in “Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade” the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.

BSFN is a festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN is a favorite on the festival circuit and has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.

BSFN is “soul food to get us through the week.”
- Eric Podolsky, Jambase (

“..the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz these days is Sammie “Big Sam” Williams.”
- Joel Selvin, Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic (
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