Funky Spuds is a funk band with something to prove. Created to demonstrate the possibilities of brass, Funky Spuds crafts performances to maximize funkiness; from the extended techniques of the sousaphone, to the dynamic soloing displayed by the band's veteran leader on both saxophone and guitar.
Collectively members of Funky Spuds have played with Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Zigaboo Modeliste, Jazz Mafia, and The Purple Ones, to name a few. Bandleader and founder, Shane Cox, creatively expands the traditional use of tuba using harmony, beatboxing, improvisation, and more. Saxophonist and guitarist Paul Branin fronts the band adding unique jazz and rock elements. Other featured members include some of the Bay Area's greatest up and coming musicians including Julian Hogan, Ian McArdle, Joe Cohen, and Kevin Wong.
About the founders
Straight out of high school, Shane spent his college savings to buy and car and travel the greatest city in the world to learn about brass, New Orleans! Starting music on trombone in Boise, Idaho, Shane knew from a young age that he wanted to use music to see the world. He has since landed in San Francisco and has continued exploring brass music (inside brass bands and outside of them). Inspired by funk bass players, including James Jamerson and Marcus Miller, Shane brings that same energy to the sousaphone in creative ways that push the technical limits of the instrument.
Shane is a full time performer in the bay area, having played with Jazz Mafia, The Purple Ones, La Misa Negra, and Inspector Gadje. Shane has also opened for many notable acts including The Wailers when he was only 17 years old. He has since opened for The Funky Meters, Albarosie, and Kermit Ruffins.
Paul is a full time musician who has achieved an equal level of proficiency on both guitar and sax. He's worked and toured with Levon Helm and backed up Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and others while working with Levon, as well as playing with Rick Danko and Garth Hudson. He's also worked with jazz legends like Jimmy McGriff, Hank Crawford, and Jack DeJonette. Other bands include Orleans, Robbie Dupree as well as numerous local and regional acts on both the East and West Coasts. He plays saxophone with Bay Area legend Lydia Pense and Cold Blood as well as New Orleans funk drummer icon Zigaboo Modeliste.
He is well versed in many styles from blues to rock to modern jazz and others. He consistently wows audiences with his prowess on both instrumetns and is told he plays each as if it was his only one.
Other musicians in the Funky Spuds lineup:
Ian McArdle - Keys
Kevin Wong - Keys
Jerwayne "Jpaul" Macklin- Drums
Mike "Wolf" Quigg- Drums
Julian Hogan - Drums
Alex Attard - Saxophone
Joe Cohen - Saxophone