the band

"There's no false advertising when it comes to Charlotte-based Funk Rush. The lively instrumental quartet stays true to its name onstage and in the studio." - Edwin Arnaudin, Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC

Funk Rush's music is an intense mix of old school funk, rock and jazz. It's a dynamic blend of funk, form and improvisation, with an emphasis on original compositions and the occasional stylized covers.

Scott Newell started his musical life as an elementary school student, playing trumpet in school band and quickly gravitating to the electric guitar. Scott grew up under a broad influence of 70's rock, funk, soul, disco and pop music. Later in his 20's he fell under the spell of Miles Davis and all the connections that spring from the Miles Davis legacy.

Rob Bowser started playing drums at the age of 8 in his hometown of Reading, PA. 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. Now residing in Charlotte, NC he's been a part of several original and cover projects; his more recent influences include popular mainstream and jazz players such as Taylor Eigsti, Cory Henry, Robert "Sput" Searight and Robert Glasper.

Donte Forsythe of the Raleigh, NC area is a relentless groove machine and brings a pocket to Funk Rush it has never experienced with anyone else in the chair. His rock steady time and brilliant yet effortlessly placed accents allow the band to explore new territory as soloists.

Michael Pressley is a Berklee College of Music alum trumpeter and most recent addition to the band. Michael brings with him massive chops and musicality that's opened up new harmonic avenues within the group.

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.

Friday, Sept 21

Sylvia Theater (York, SC)
27 N. Congress St., York, SC
Tickets $12/adv, $15 day of show

Saturday, Sept 29
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Summit Coffee
129 S. Main St, Davidson, NC
no cover (tips always appreciated)

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