“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

The Band

The 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 cover. Funk Rush has been heard on WNCW, on-air for their “Live in Studio B” sessions and continues to perform in the Carolinas and throughout the southeast.

Scott Newell

Scott Newell

guitar

Scott started his musical life as an elementary school student, playing trumpet in school band and quickly gravitating to the electric guitar. He 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

Rob Bowser

keyboards

Rob 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. He 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

Donte Forsythe

drums

Donte, 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

Michael Pressley

trumpet

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

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