Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band returns to Vail Wednesday
VAIL CO, Colorado
The memory is still quite fresh. The last time Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band performed in Vail, they drove straight from Asheville, where they’re based, to Vail, in a newly-purchased 1966 Diesel tour bus.
“Only two guys in the band could drive a stick shift bus at the time, so they took shifts back and forth for about 40 hours,” said J.P. Miller, the guitarist and vocalist for the funk band. “We thought we were going to miss the gig. We called the club and the owner said the club was packed with people waiting for us and to floor it and get there as soon as possible.”
It started to snow hard just about the time the van got rolling down a steep hill, Miller said.
“Everyone was delirious (it’s hard to sleep when you’re scared for your life). We were literally using a flashlight to read proper braking procedures in the bus’ owners manual. We got there, loaded in, set up and rocked the house from about midnight til they had to kick everyone out. It was rowdy! That was on a Wednesday night. We are playing again on a Wednesday night and we expect the same amount of rowdiness.”
Miller took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.
Vail Daily: Where have you guys been touring lately?
J.P. Miller: We just did a Florida Panhandle run. We played Nashville on Wednesday night. Tonight (Feb. 25) we play at the infamous Tipitinas in New Orleans with Leo Nocentelli, guitarist of the Meters. We drive straight through the night to get to Austin, Tex. to play Saturday with Robert Walter’s 20th Congress with special guest Karl Denson. It will be a funk-packed weekend. My only regret is having to leave New Orleans so quickly.
VD: Any funny tour stories you can share?
JM: 2011 has started off great! We toured so much in 2010, that we decided to stay close to home for the first part of the year. It’s been nice. Now we are back to the craziness of tour life. Last time we were in Starkville, Miss., the bar closed its doors and our late night “after party” got pretty hilarious. Our bass player Al Al was dancing around one of the support beams in the bar. One of the female employees tried to show him up and ended up sliding down the pole, landing upside down, on her back. She was OK, and we all had a good laugh. I missed it, but apparently there was a re-match last night.
VD: What can people expect from your show at Samana Lounge?
JM: Any show that we put on is going to be high energy, guaranteed! People should expect to feel exhausted from dancing and smiling non stop. The might find themselves consuming more alcoholic beverages than usual. They might find their soul mate, or maybe just one for the night. We can’t promise that, but we do promise a great time. We are a band that is taking funk to a whole new level! People should come out if they like to have fun. If you don’t like to have fun, it might not be the show for you.
VD: How do you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
JM: We call it “Nu-Funk” (see wikipedia definition). It’s highly danceable, horn driven music. We mix elements of rock, electronica and many other styles into our songs, but it is primarily based around funk.
VD: How did you come up with your band name?
JM: The band members all entered statistical information about themselves into a computer program that generated the name based on our answers to a wide variety of questions.
VD: Describe your favorite type of audience.
JM: My favorite type of audience is a diversified audience. I love playing festivals, because you will see people from 7 to 70 years old, from all walks of life, hanging out, having a good time. It amazes me to see some of the kind of people that come out to our shows. It just goes to show that you cannot judge a book by its cover.
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