Fever Returns to Austin: Friday July 6th… Ruta Maya
Get ready ATX… Fever returns to Ruta Maya on Friday, July 6th!!!
For more information, please visit Ruta Maya’s website: http://rutamaya.net/music
Fever in the Funkhouse lands in Chicago!!! June 13 Martyrs!!!
Fever is heading to the Midwest this summer! The first date had been announced in Chicago at Martyr’s on June 13, 2012.
More dates to follow… including a late summer Texas tour! Stay tuned...
Fever To Headline Dallas’ Lakewoodstock Music Festival 2012, May 20th!!!
Fever In The Funkhouse, with all original members, has confirmed its participation in the Lakewoodstock Music Festival. The festival is Sunday, May 20th with Music from noon – 8pm on three stages.
Fever will headline the festival, performing at the Lakewood Theater Stage (1825 Abrams Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75214). Fever will perform one 90 minutes set starting at 6:30pm.
This year’s festival has a wonderful line up. Sharing the bill with Fever will be Cricket Taylor and The Electromagnetics, Salim Nourallah and The Travoltas, The Sutcliffes, Club Wood, Home Spun Remedies, Local Honey, The Colin Boyd Band and A Hard Night’s Day!!! There is also a singer-songwriter stage that will be showcasing great solo talent all day!
Last year’s fest drew 15,000. It is a family affair, with activities to be enjoyed by all! Come enjoy a great day and rock out with Fever!!!
More information can be found at www.lakewoodstock.com
Very Special Announcement: Fever In The Funkhouse Reunites With All Original Members… First shows in 18 years… January 6-7, 2012!!!
Talk about starting the new year off right!!!
Jim Holbrook, Nikos Brisco, Chris Claridy and Bryan Wakeland, the founding members of Fever In The Funkhouse, have reunited and are scheduled to perform their first shows together in 18 years in early January!!!
"I feel a music like no other I have experienced, when I play/create/perform with Nick, Chris, and Bryan. I feel that their creative musical energy makes my bass playing, songwriting and arranging better; there is no other way I can explain it. I believe all of our musical, and personal lives have healed and grown greatly and I can't wait to express these new connections musically with my friends!", says bassist, Jim Holbrook.
These special shows are the first of many more to come! It also happens to be Chris Claridy’s birthday weekend….. so Fever will be celebrating more than just the reunion!!!
The first shows are Friday, January 6, 2012 at Ruta Maya in Austin,Texas and Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, Tx. Guitar Sensation, Hunter Hendrickson will open the show in Dallas!
NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
Fever and Hunter Hendrickson Team Up for January Texas Shows. Original Fever Guitarist, Chris Claridy, to perform.
Fever returns to Texas this January for a string of shows. Sharing the bill will be Dallas’ own guitar sensation, Hunter Hendrickson. Chris Claridy, Fever’s founding guitar player will be performing with the band(and celebrating his birthday)! Shows will be powerhouse nights of music and are not to be missed…many special surprises to be announce. The bands will be performing in Dallas on Saturday, January 7th at Poor David’s Pub and in Austin at a venue to be announced. Mark your calendars and stay tuned… These will be some fantastic nights of music!
Press Release: Returning to Dallas, Fever In The Funkhouse Reunites with Original Guitarist To Play A Benefit Concert For A Longtime Fan and Friend!!!
Fever In the Funkhouse, featuring members of the Polyphonic Spree, Tripping Daisy, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Café Antarsia Ensemble, Mildred and EL Cento, are returning to Dallas, This Thursday, June 16th, 2011 to perform a Benefit Concert for a long time fan, Tommy Blake.
Chris Claridy, Fever’s original lead guitar and long time Texas guitar icon will be reuniting with Fever for the show. “The powerhouse live shows that Fever is famous for has always been fueled by our friendship as a band and our friendship with our fans. Tommy[Blake} has been part of the Fever community from the beginning and we are going to be there for him through this tough patch” .
Fever Original’s Nikos Brisco and Bryan Wakeland echos Claridy’s sentiments… “Tommy is a brother to us…. We are proud to be able to do this show for him”, says Wakeland. “Yes… doing this event for Tommy , plus having Claridy back on guitar… It is simply going to be an electrifying night of music!... Not to be missed.”, say Brisco.
Fever fan, Tommy Blake recently suffered a stroke and is in recovery. The benefit concert is to raise funds to help offset his massive medical bills and support his long term recovery.
Tommy Fest 2011 will be at the Curtain Club in Deep Ellum (2800 Main Street, Dallas). Three other bands will be sharing the stage with Fever In The Funkhouse: The House Harkonnen, Max Cady and Convoy & The Cattleman. Doors are at 8pm. Cover $10, but there is a suggested Donation of $20.
For any media inquiries, please contact Todd Gallagher at 773.398.2992 or
Fever Announces February Texas Dates: Houston, Dallas and Austin!!!
Fever in the Funkhouse will be returning to Texas for a string of shows in Texas’ major cities:
Thursday, February 24, 2011, Houston, Texas: Continental Club
Friday, February 25, 2011, Dallas, Texas: Club DaDa, with Kevin Mckinney of Soulhat
Saturday, February 26, 2011, Austin, Texas: C3 Presents at Lambert’s, with Kevin Mckinney of Soulhat
Press Release: Fever In The Funkhouse raises over $16,000 from fans and returns the favor with a thank you concert at Club Dada in Deep Ellum.
Press Release: Fever In The Funkhouse raises over $16,000 from fans and returns the favor with a thank you concert at Club Dada in Deep Ellum.
Deep Ellum supergroup, Fever In The Funkhouse returns to Dallas on Saturday, January 8th at Club Dada with a thank you concert for its fans and supporters. The band features members of the New Bohemians, Polyphonic Spree, Tripping Daisy, Mildred and Café Antarsia
On December 14th, Fever’s fans and supporters closed out the band’s Kickstarter.com campaign by blowing past the original goal of 15k and hitting at total of $16,080!
The funding will be used to support the release of the bands first official record release and tour.
As a thank you to its supporters, Fever is hosting a thank you concert, bbq and meet and greet at Club Dada in Deep Ellum. All kickstarter backers and guest will be invited to a special BBQ and cocktail hour meet and greet, hosted and provided by the band.
All Kickstarter(and Guest) backers will then be treated to a free concert from Fever In The Funkhouse and special guests from 10:15 to 11:45. Special guest performing with Fever with be Kevin McKinney of Soulhat. More specials guest will be announce this week.
The show will be open to the general public (cover will apply).
Opening the festivities will be Dallas’ own Clay Pendergrass. He and his band will kick of a set of music following the thank you bbq at 9pm. Mudphonic (tentative), from Austin, will be playing the afterparty starting at midnight.
Fever is very excited to provide this event to its fans and so happy to be doing it at the soon to be reopened Club Dada. Dada and Fever have a long history… January 8th will begin the next chapter!
A letter from Nikos: 2011 & Kickstarter!!!
Dear Funkheads… much news here in the Fever in the Funkhouse camp…. we have many great things on the horizon and 2011 is going to be the year of FEVER!
Our new record is completed! We are in the stages of making a limited run and hosting a huge release party in Texas before the New Year! We are in the process of dialogue with several very cool labels across America and excited about what opportunities this will bring!
In 2011, we plan on hitting the road and touring North America! It took us a bit to spark our sound and get the live jive in the house… but now all the hard work has paid of because if you have seen us live lately, you know we are bringing it and kicking it!
To help us in our endeavors we created a Kickstarter page to raise 15k in 45 days to help support our record release, touring and deep promotion! Many of our fans have already contributed to the cause by pledging…we have made a killer start! However, we need all who support Fever to step up now! If we do not hit our pledge goal of 15K, we get nothing and all pledges are void. Let’s not let that happen, it is as easy as shopping on Amazon, just click the link and pledge with your card. As little as $25 will go along way for us and you are really just pre-ordering the cd… it’s a no brainer, if you love Fever!!!
Here is a link to the campaign (cut and paste in your browser): http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/331058684/you-release-fever-in-the-funkhouses-new-record-0?ref=category
On a side note… Ruth Margraff and I are very thrilled to be participating in the 1st ever International Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan! We are proud to represent our country abroad and this may be the closest we get to Persia in our lifetime! Wish us luck and safe travels and please support Fever’s Kickstarter Campaign… I know we can do this together! The fans are why we are here, without YOU we got Nothing!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Peace, Love & Fortune to All!!!
The latest rattle shaking on the Fever tree…
Dearest Funkheads… here is the latest rattle shaking on the Fever tree….
Back in Texas again, just finished up with shows in Austin at Stubb’s w/ New Bohemians & Mudphonic. It was an epic show in the state capitol, with many guests on stage. Kevin McKinney from Soulhat joined us on acoustic guitar and vocals for a lot of the show. We also had John Bush from New Bo’s with us on percussion for the whole night, as well as Carol Turner from Big Circle TX. I loved our sound! It was very rich and full! It was great to see and play with so many friends… we had a few people come in from Dallas and saw many dear friends!
We started pretty early in the morning by jamming on Fox 7’s Good Morning Austin! It was a little early for us vampire pickers, but well worth the extra coffee in the morn and less the vodka the night before routine. The Fox show was cool and it seemed to go over pretty well for all parties! Here is a link to watch the segment:
On Sat August 28th, we had a beautiful home coming concert in Deep Ellum, at All Good Café’s 10 Year Anniversary Party… Mike Snyder’s place on Main Street! Fever is a true Deep Ellum band and Mike Snyder is a true pilgrim of Deep Ellum! The dude has brought so much to the scene in spirit, soul, food and music!!! We were honored to be able to perform in his house, a packed house I must say! It was a fantastic experience and Deep Ellum was on fire that night!
We have plenty more to come with a big show at Jack’s Backyard this Saturday the 4th, a return to Deep Ellum on the 18th at Lagrange and a powerhouse night in Ft. Worth at Lola’s on Oct 2 with Katsuk!
On a side note my Gypsy/World Folk band, Café Antarsia Ensemble, will have a rare performance at The Kessler Theatre in Oak Cliff on Friday Sept 3rd! This is so off the map of what I do with Fever… so here is a chance for all my Texas peeps to get a listen and look at what I have been building on the East Coast. C.A.E features Ruth Margraff, Rami El-Aasser, Ron Riley. We will proud to have Dave Prez(Fever) joining us on bass for this show. I am very excited and proud of this double show weekend!
Keep your ears open we are very close to having a limited edition of the New Fever cd!!!
Much more to come!!!
Peace, Love and FORTUNE!!!
It is going to be a hot night in the music capital!... Fever at Stubb’s with New Bohemians, Mudphonic and Special Guests!!!
This Thursday, August 26th at Stubb’s in Austin…. a true collection of some of Texas’ finest musicians gather to embark on what will no doubt be an epic night of music!
Fever In The Funkhouse returns to Austin with an incredible bill….New Bohemians and Mudphonic!
Fever(10:30) will be performing many new songs from their new record set to be released this fall and will be joined by very special guests…. Kevin McKinney and Patrice Pike!
Internationally celebrated and Texas music icons, the New Bohemians(9pm), have reformed for this special show! The New Bohemians features Austin’s own Brad Houser, John Bush and Brandon Aly. The New Bohemians, with Edie Brickell, have had massive worldwide success and numerous hits throughout past two decades.
Austin’s own, Mudphonic(12:00am), featuring Topaz, will be bringing down the house with a late night funk fest!
This show is truly a collection of some of Texas’ finest musicians! It is going to be a special night in the Austin! Without a doubt, this is a not to be missed show!
Fever to perform on Austin’s Fox Morning News on August 26th!!!
Fever In the Funkhouse will be an in studio guest and will be performing “As Far as They Know”, a track from their forth coming record, on Austin’s Fox Morning News on Thursday, August 26th. They will be performing sometime between 8:30- and 8:50. John Bush, from the New Bohemians, will be joining the band on percussion!
Great ready for a big dose of pre- 9am rock n roll! Tune in….
BLOG: TEXAS HEAT & DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT!!!
Thanks to all ya’ll who came out to Jack’s Backyard last Saturday to party down with Fever in the Funkhouse! This was our first show at Jack’s and I will tell you the scene there is rocking hard! This may be the best low key venue in Dallas… huge space outdoors and a kicking bar! It was hotter than hell and much weight was shed dancing in the heat of the moonlight… the band was soaked after the show. We rocked for an hour forty five set straight through with El Cento doing a forty five minuet set before us. It was a nice night in the Texas heat.
We are gearing up for more summer shows in August that will take us through Austin, Houston, Dallas and Ft Worth… including a killer Thursday August 26th at Stubb’s in Austin that will feature Mudphonic, New Bohemians and Fever in The Funkhouse!
Keep checking in with us on Facebook, My Space and at our site official www.feverfunkhouse.com for more dates as they come!
As you know we have been in the studio working on our new record or in this new world order, our new mp3s, hehehe! We have completed the tracking and now are in the mixing phase!
We are proud to have David Castell mixing this new Fever project for us. We worked with David a lot back in the day and it is nice to have full circle and come back to him again after all these years. The mixes are kicking so hard and we are stoked about the music we have created this time around.
Here is a sneak peak of one of the new mixes… “Poor Boy”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1NoX_UZLgQ
The video was done by Bobby Jack Pack Jr. Enjoy!
We were also graced to have Patrice Pike come into the studio and join us for Homegirl Strut! At first we were wanting her to come in for a guest vocal, however as the session bloomed it became clear that we had to get her to give the full vocal take! So get ready Fever and Patrice Pike fans… because we will have two versions of Homegirl out soon… one with Patrice as the guest vocal and one with Fever backing her in the lead! It was crazy Patrice rocked it so hard! I was just blown away hearing where a singer of her power could take one of my tunes… it was so real and honest. Being a songwriter herself, Patrice spoke to us in the studio about trying to deliver the story clear in her vocal, so the listener would have it solid the first time through. She brought our Homegirl to life in front of us… seemed to channel the spirit of Janis Joplin… I had goose bumps all over and was truly humbled by her performance!
I am so excited about this project and hope it brings as much pleasure to our fans when they hear it. It has been a different process recording the album in so many different places… so in this day and age never underestimate where a good hard drive can take you!
Looking forward to more rock n roll, remember we can not do it with out your help…Butt Shakers needed!
Let Um Roll!
BLOG: FEVER Loves SISTER 7… Next show... SAT APRIL 24th, Antone’s Austin!!!
Still rockin hard from the last show on April 10th at The Granada in Dallas! What a great night of original Texas music! It was a magical!
Katsuk, from Ft. Worth, opened the show and got things off to a killer start! They have a very original sound and set the tone for the good jams to come.
Fever hit the stage around 9pm for an hour set. I love the Granada, it is such a beautiful venue and the staff is top notch! The crowed was inspiring and we felt comfortable being back home where it all started, Lower Greenville baby…hell ya!
After Katsuk had put in such a strong performance, Fever could not help but drive it over the top and set the pace for Sister 7. We are so happy to be able to pair with them for a couple of special shows. It is hard to find other bands that can match the ferocity of Fever live and Sister 7 is a match made in heaven! If you haven’t seen them live you are missing out. Darrell Phillips, aka “Thumper”, is one of the most solid and steady bass players to come out of DFW… the dude is grounded! Wayne Sutton gave such an emotional performance… tearing up the leads! Rob Hooper was a superstar on drums that night too!
In my opinion, “The world is a better place with Sister 7 alive and well”, they should grab Rob and take it to the top. These great players surround and support Patrice Pike, one of the most dynamic performers you will ever see! She is a lion on the stage and owns it from the first note. I have known her for years and it has been a pleasure to see her transformation! Her vocals are powerful and her vibe is real. She is the star of the show and then gives the light to others… sometimes just grooving on congas, providing the back beat and pocket for the jams and then taking her natural place in the spotlight.
Texas people… Come to Austin and see this show… this Saturday April 24th … Fever in the Funkhouse and Sister 7, at the legendary Antone’s in Austin! I promise this will be a highlight gig of the year! Sister 7 is on their home turf here and this is their house. Fever is always on fire in Austin! This show will rock! Austin’s own, The Inheritance will kick off the night! We are thankful to be a part of this night and hope to share the magic with many Texas music fans.
Fever is back and we are kicking up the dust here in Texas before hitting the national spread! We hope this is the first of many more nights of kicking the jams with Sister 7 and mixing our crowds!
In this day and age, everything is about the “bang for the buck”… If you want a BANG and a lot Butt Shaking… forget the economy, we got some rock n roll for ya! Come see us in the music capitol this Saturday!
Peace, Love & Fortune to All!!!
BLOG: FEVER in the STUDIO & APRIL 10th w/SISTER 7
Hell YES!!! The great Keith Richards once said; “You have your whole life to make your first album”. I kept this running through my head when picking through which songs we would commit to the first Fever in the Funkhouse record.
It was hard to select them… trying to get a good mix of new and old songs that would rock our fans! We grouped together and had about a week of pre-production rehearsal to get the selected 15 songs tight and arranged. From a producers prospective, I could see how to cut down the length of the songs… Those of you who know us, know we love to write 5 & 6 minute songs! We always thrive on the deep jams and when it came down to the wire, it just felt wrong to shorten the jam sections and make our songs into three minute pop gems… it just didn’t feel right. I grew up with Album Rock Radio and it seems to have locked into my core… or at least my musical sense in writing and composing! Thinking of the strengths we have as a band… It serves us, and our fans, better to allow the incredible musicianship to take control and drive us through the structure and form of the songs. With this record and under the polished eyeglass of the studio, we have set out to capture Fever at its best… LIVE!
We kicked off spending three days at TOMCAST Studios in Dallas, where Paul Williams worked with us in capturing Bryan’s drums and Dave’s bass. We focused the sessions on getting drums and bass on priority and also took the chance to try and grab as much of Kenny’s leads and guitar parts as possible. We took the moment to record my electric rhythm parts as well. We wanted to get as much of the rhythm section together as possible and to help the overall vibe of the drums and bass. Having Kenny there doing the solos and tracking with us, added a lot of inspiration to the sessions. Kevin Johnson. from Big Circle TX, was also in the studio with us. Kevin and I have worked together on many albums over the years and we have been both waiting for this one… big time!
We got smoking hot tracks from Bryan and Dave… as well as some great keeper stuff from Kenny! After three days, we loaded the sessions onto the external hard drive and headed to Kevin’s PRO-SONIC Studio in Austin. I never thought I would be traveling with tracks like this… and I have to admit it is really cool!
Kevin and I spent the next week getting my acoustic and electric guitars down. I mostly used my Martin D-18 Golden Era. I thought the dreadnought was a strong sound for Fever. On a few songs, I chose my Martin OM-21 Special… when we need a crisper tone. I was in heaven with the electrics!
Kevin helped fine tune each guitar’s unique tone. I use my G&L Tele’s (ASAT & ASAT Classic) on a few songs, as well as my PRS Starla for two songs. The meat of my takes were done on my G&L S500 and we got a delicious strat tone and sound through my Fender Twin! With those sessions complete, we loaded the tracks back up and headed back to Dallas. We gave the tracks to Kenny, so he could work and do some cleanup with his own system and then we returned to Tomcast and worked again with Paul Williams to get Ruthie’s organ and piano tracks. We took advantage of the piano at Tomcast and also ran Ruth’s Nord through the Leslie cabinet there to get that sweet vintage and classic organ tone. Bryan and Paul were very helpful in helping deliver the key parts in direction and focus… some of you may or may not know, but Bryan is a killer piano player as well!
We closed up again in Dallas and then headed back to Austin, where Carol and I jumped right in on vocals. We had Bryan come up to do his vocals as well and we celebrated his birthday on March 27 with a lot of Beer, Armagnac and a German Chocolate cake!
The next session, John Bush, from New Bohemians, came in and did some enlightening percussion parts for a few of the tunes. It was amazing watching and hearing him work!
It really fits that Fever would be blended with the New Bohemians! They were such a strong influence on us, serving as a main source of inspiration in writing and performing. When we first came out back in the day in Deep Ellum, the New Bo’s were among the first to be at our gigs. They took us under their wing and helped us out quite a bit! Here we are now in 2010 joining forces again, it just fits well!
After Bush laid down his tracks, Carol and I tore through more vocals. Carol is a one take wonder and she really helps me in the studio! Over the past years we have developed a strong bond and I really trust her in helping me get the best performance and recording out of my voice! Fever was always known for the double harmonies that Chris and I did… with this new Fever, I wanted to recapture that sound! When Chris was not able to be with us, it was obvious for me to ask Carol to come in and help take it to another level! For you astrology buffs, Fever in now composed of three Aries, two Scorpios and one Cancer… I won’t say who is what but we are all a perfect balance of FIRE & WATER!
We are in the wrapping phase of this new album and hope to get Kevin to mixing soon. It will be out this summer if not earlier. I am back in Chicago right now chillin (not really, the weather has been great!) and getting ready for our show with SISTER 7 April 10th at the Granada! Dallas people please come out and help us pack this show. Sister 7 rocks hard and this will be a killer night of original jam inspired music! We will be shooting a new video as well!
So that is all for now in a short shake. One thing for sure, FEVER IN THE FUNKHOUSE is back and we are so thankful for our old and new fans! We thank you all for standing with us and shakin that groove thang to our twang! More to come soon… please find us on Facebook and My Space as well… Funkheads Unite!!!
See you on April 10th at the Granada! Spread the word…
Peace, Love & Music
BLOG: FEVER in the FUNKHOUSE-Saint Patty’s Day Greenville Ave. Party!
Still recovering from this one? The Dallas Observer sure knows how to throw a party!
Fever was proud to be a part of the Granada Theatre’s Dallas Observer St Pat’s Parade after party concert. It was a wild day and a great concert!
The show kicked off with R2B2 and then Mudphonic featuring Topaz… we love those guys and have gigged with them before. Fever hit the stage at 4pm. It was our first time playing the Granada. The parking and stage crew all are top notch professionals. The event was run very well! It was a short set for us, but in a nice place between Mudphonic and the headliner Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights. We were back stage through most of the show and could not see the crowd and when we hit the stage… we were so happy to see all the people out there ready to rock! As I mentioned above, the set was short but Sweet!... we did a little less than an hour.
It is good to be working Texas again and getting back to the roots of where we came from!
In the wake of the Deep Ellum scene becoming more of memory of past times kind of thing, when things were killer, it is nice to see a community of music lovers gathering in the lower Greenville area to party and rock out!
We will be returning to the Granada on April 10th performing with one of our favorite bands from Austin… SISTER 7! If you are a live music fan, Do Not Miss this Show!!!
They hail from Austin, but a few of their members have Dallas roots as well. We will be main support for them and it should be a treat for music fans that love to groove, dance and rock out to some serious jams!
More to come soon…we are in the studio recording a Real Full Length Fever record…been a long time coming!!!
Peace & Love,
Dallas Observer: Announcing This Year's St. Patty's Day Parade After-Party Lineup...
Dallas Observer: Announcing This Year's St. Patty's Day Parade After-Party Lineup...
By Pete Freedman in Music News, Show AnnouncementsWed., Feb. 17 2010 @ 8:07AM
There won't be an outdoor concert after this year's Observer-sponsored (what, what?) Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade. Not a hundred percent why--the promotions people say something about the pigs, oink oink. Instead, this year's after-party concert will take place at the Granada Theater--mostly on the main stage, but with a few added performances to take place on the front patio, I'm told.
Anyway with the lineup now official, that side of the office said we could pass along the bill for this year's Saturday, March 13, deal, which will start at 12:30 in the just-barely afternoon.
Just before heading to SXSW and a couple weeks before its scheduled Jimmy Kimmel Live performance on March 31, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights will headline the show, which will also feature performances from Austin's Soulhat and longtime Dallas favorite Fever in the Funkhouse.
In related news, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights' major label debut, Pardon Me, is currently slated for an April 27 release date.
BLOG: Fever In The Funkhouse TEXAS Weekend: Ft. Worth & Austin Jan 15th & 16th
Wow…what a GREAT time it was….it has been years since Fever has played either city and it was killer to get back!
Ruthie, Carol and me drove from Austin to Dallas to rehearse on Thursday at Kenny’s place. It was pretty workmen like; we ran through all our material and got refreshed to the groove. Ruth and I have been in Austin recording our second album for Café Antarsia Ensemble at Kevin Johnson’s Pro Sonic studio and Kenny had been working on the new Electromagnetic's album in Dallas..... So we all closed shop and put our focus into getting Fever back live!
Friday Jan 15th, we kicked off at the Aardvark in Fort Worth! Way back in the day this club was called The Hop… boy has it changed since then! They have a wicked sound system and stage!
Mudphonic was the opening band and they drove in from Austin. I had met John Branch, their guitar player before in Chicago, through our Manager Todd Gallagher… we all had a Great time at Lollapalooza last summer! I had heard John was a killer slide player and was excited to hear him in Mudphonic. They had a sweet set, Topaz has some deep energy on stage and the band is very retro without trying to be retro, if that makes any sense. John’s slide lived up to his rep as well….loved the yellow SG. They had butts shaking and grooving!
It was nice to have a full house and when Fever hit the stage, we felt right at home! We pretty much played a marathon set that went well over two and a half hours… sometimes you just don’t want it to end! Also saw some old friends… shout out to James Croney, Debbie Smitty & the energetic Brian Moody! Ft Worth rocked except for the MASS TOWING!!! Ft Worth people Stop this Madness…Vote often and Say NO!
Thanks to the Aardvark for giving us a special venue to reach our fans….also they have killer BBQ!
Speaking of Killer BBQ… it does not get any better than STUBB’s in Austin! Holy Pulled Pork and Brisket, not only one of the best music venues in Austin.... but definitely the place to chow down on some mighty fine eats!
We hit sound load in at five on Saturday the 16th and were greeted by the house sound man, Danny… who was helpful, professional and very cool…also a picker himself so he knows how to make that room flow! After sound check, STUBB’s feed us up…....Bryan said he felt as fat as Santa after that meal! We went back to Kevin & Carol’s for a late siesta before the show.
The Austin crowd was impressive, as I mentioned above… it has been years since Fever has played there. We were thankful to those who remembered us and those who took a chance on word of mouth!
Kevin McKinney from SOULHAT opened the show with a three piece band that featured him on a sweet tele and vocals with a bassist and drummer. Their set rocked the house! Kevin is such a great songwriter and musician… it was the perfect way to kick off the night! Kevin’s song, “Summer Plans”, is one of the best songs I have heard in a long time…everyone out in the crowd was jamming hard to their groove!
Fever hit the stage at eleven pm and I can’t tell you really how great it felt to be playing up there…Austin is pure magic, the city is a gem and the music fans there just rock…there is so much music in this city at any given time, so many choices out there… so we felt lucky to have a full house! The set rocked hard… we came out fast with some slide stuff (I am a slide guitar junkie) and Kenny was tearing it up…he dropped jaws several times in the set…I love it when the guitar takes us all on a trip from where we are either in the song or life and Kenny is probably the first local guitarist that I remember having the ability to do that back in the day! I must say, even twenty years later…he is like a fine wine, better with age…no Rust on Mr. Withrow!
Fever played an hour and a half set, I really liked the flow of the show…we hit a lot of the songs that we knew the fans wanted to hear and tried out some new stuff like “Wire” and Bryan’s song “So Free”. We also bled “Plane to Boston” into “Sweet Black Angel” by the Stones and closed the show out with “Vampire Blues” by Neil Young. I sent that last song out to Kelly Higgins, a great songwriter from Dallas, now doing law here in Austin. I really liked the middle of the set when Kevin Johnson, from BIG CIRCLE TX, joined us on acoustic guitar for “Snake in the Grass” and “Come Away Together”. Big Circle Tx also features Carol Turner. They have a steady gig at the One To One bar every Wednesday in Austin..... If you are local, take the time to check them out….Killer songs, Killer vocals and Vibe! Also in the crowd that night was Michael Hill and his beautiful wife Cathy. Michael is one of my favorite guitarists and songwriters around. It was inspiring playing with him out there in the crowd! Also got to give a shout to old friends… Timothy Black, James Dean Young and to Dave’s wife Randee, for bringing her beautiful energy from Dallas! It was so fun to be back and in front of the fans that we love so much!
Fever is rising and we are so happy! Thanks to the fans and some key people working so hard to get Fever back in the public view! Very special thanks to Dan Prall, David Little Smith, Bobby Jack Pack and Todd, Chris & Kendall Gallagher!!!
Peace & Love
Fever Launches New Website
Welcome to FEVER IN THE FUNKHOUSE’s first website and if you are reading this...well thank you for thinking of us! 2009 has been a great year… there have been many good changes and new doors opened!
Fever announces Two January Shows…. A Debut in Fort Worth and A Return To Austin!
January is going to be a hot month in Texas after all! We are happy to announce two special January Shows.
First… Friday, January 15th, the Fever mother ship is landing in FORT WORTH, for a rockin' show at The Aardvark on Friday, January 15th! www.the-aardvark.com
Fever announces its debut performance and a Return to Deep Ellum at Trees, November 27, 2009!
It’s Official: The Kings of the 90’s Deep Ellum music scene have reunited and are returning to Deep Ellum for a performance at Trees on Friday, November 27, 2009! Big Circle Tx from Austin and Cricket Taylor & The Electromagnetics will be open the show. Fever will take the stage at 11. Show begins at 9:00.
Fever Welcomes New Bohemian, Kenny Withrow on Guitar!
Fever In The Funkhouse is thrilled to announce the addition of its newest member, lead guitarist, Kenny Withrow!
Withrow’s vicious slide work, roaring jams, tonal perfection and deep grooves expands the boundaries of and will serve as a driving force behind Fever’s music for years to coming.
Fever Reunites: Reloaded and Super Charged!
After a string of widely successful reunion shows in 2008 and 2009 and an onslaught of encouragement from Fever’s cult fan base, original members and co-founders, Nikos Brisco and Bryan Wakeland are proud to announce the return of Fever In The Funkhouse!
Fever In The Funkhouse Reunite for New Year’s Eve Show at Club Dada and release Commemorative CD (Pegasus News)
Club Dada and G2 Music announced today that Fever in the Funkhouse, the legendary band from Deep Ellum circa 1990, will reunite to headline at Club Dada on the night of December 31, 2007. The lineup will include three out of the four original members including frontman Nick Brisco (Café Antarsia Ensemble), guitarist Chris Claridy (Darren Kozelsky band), drummer Bryan Wakeland (Polyphonic Spree), and non other than Brad Houser (New Bohemians) who will sub for original bassist Jim Holbrook. The show will mark the first time the band has played as a foursome in over ten years.