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Jam Central Station: The Pimps of Joytime
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 08.23.2014

Over the past 7 years, the Pimps of Joytime have exploded onto the music scene with their high-energy performances, excellent albums, and their own unique blend of soul and funk. The band has had a rotating cast of musicians, but Brian J, Chauncey Yearwood, and Mayteana Morales have formed the core of the band since its inception. With a variety of styles and experiences behind them, they've brought Pimps of Joytime to the forefront of the modern soul and funk scene.

The band got its start in Brooklyn, although they split time between Brooklyn and New Orleans. They started out with exceptional live performances, playing for bars and clubs but quickly gaining a following. By the time they released High Steppin' in 2008 the band was already gaining popularity. The release helped solidify their fan base as well as give them opportunities to play larger events. They began to collaborate with other similar artists, play major festivals, and generally gain exposure wherever they could. They averaged well over 100 dates a year around the country, maintaining a packed schedule and putting on spectacular shows.

They didn't record again until releasing 2011's Janxta Funk!, but the band continued to make a name for themselves. Brian J in particular developed both as a musician and a songwriter, tailoring his music to the band's strengths. By allowing each member to play to their unique strengths, the Pimps of Joytime have been able to stand out from the crowd significantly. Because of this, Janxta Funk wasn't so much an evolution for the band as it was becoming more what they already were, a diverse set of solid musicians and vocalists.

The band has continued to make their primary impact through touring. The festival circuit has been very good to the Pimps, and they play multiple major events a year. But they also do over 100 shows a year, keeping up a solid pace. Surprisingly, the band hasn't felt a need to record since their 2011 release, although there's no telling when a new album may be out for these guys. The good news is that their lack of recording doesn't seem to be a problem for their success, and fans are happy to see them live instead of listening to them on a record. They seem to be a band that's still getting off the ground, so it won't be surprising to hear a lot more from these guys in the future.

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Big Gigantic will be heading out on tour starting on October 4 and running through early November. The Touch the Sky tour will feature the duo headlining clubs around the country as well as supporting Bassnectar and Skrillex at their events.

October 4 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden*
October 8 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues^
October 9 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection^
October 10 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant^
October 11 Kansas City, MO – CROSSROADSKC^%
October 12 Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club^
October 15 Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room^
October 16 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall^
October 17 Birmington, AL – Iron City^
October 18 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29^
October 20 Colombus, OH – LC Pavillion
October 21 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors
October 22 Syracuse, NY – F Shed At The Market
October 23 Amherst, MA – Mullins Center
October 24 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre^#
October 25 Detroit, MI – Freaky Deaky @ The Masonic Temple^#
October 28 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater^
October 29 Norfolk, VA – The Norva^
October 30 Colombia, SC – Music Farm^
October 31 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle#
November 1 Live Oak, FL—Hulaween
November 2 – TBA
(*) Supporting Bassnectar
(^) w/ Manic Focus
(#) w/ Paper Diamond
(&) Supporting Skrillex
(%) w/ The Floozies

Camp Barefoot
August 21-23, 2014
Bartow, WV
Performers include: Beats Antique, Papadosio, Lettuce, Kyle Hollingsworth Band performing a tribute to Motown, Dopapod, Kung Fu, The Motet, Zach Deputy, and many others.

August 29-31, 2014
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Turin, NY
Performers include: moe. (3 headlining nights), Lotus, O.A.R. Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, Soulive, Twiddle, Aqueous, and others.

North Coast Music Festival
August 29-31, 2014
Union Park
Chicago, IL
Performers include: Bassnectar, Kid cudi, STS9, Snoop Dogg, Dada Life, Zeds Dead, Dr. Dog, The New Deal, and many others.

Lockin' Music Festival
September 4-7, 2014
Arrington, VA
Performers include: Furthur, The String Cheese Incident, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, Wilco, Bob Weir & Ratdog, and many others.

Phases of the Moon Festival
September 11-14, 2014
Kennekuk County Park, IL
Performers include: Widespread Panic (2 nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and many others.

Farm Aid
September 13, 2014
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Raleigh, NC
Performers include: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack White, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many others.

Catskill Chill
September 5-7, 2014
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band with Allie Kral, Lettuce, Shpongle, Karl denson's Tiny Universe, Papadosio, Dopapod, Particle, The Heavy Pets, and many others.

Grand Point North Festival
September 13-14, 2014
Waterfront Park
Burlington, VT
Performers include: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (headlining both nights), Lake Street Dive, Trampled by Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Dr. John, Caroline Rose, and many others.

Harvest Music Festival
October 16-18, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band with Jerry Douglas, Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth, Lettuce, The Devil Makes Three, Dumpstaphunk, Elephant Revival, Cornmeal, and many others

Hangtown Halloween Ball
October 24-26, 2014
Placerville, CA
Performers include: Railroad Earth (3 nights), The Meter Men, Leftover Salmon, The Jeff Austin Band, The motet, and many others

Suwannee Hulaween
October 31-November 2, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Performers include: String Cheese Incident (3 nights), Thievery Corp., Big Gigantic, Beats Antique, EOTO, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others

Bear Creek Music & Art Festival
November 13-16, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Performers include: Umphrey's McGee, Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, Break Science, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Turkuaz, The Main Squeeze, Tauk, and many others

Strings & Sol
December 11-15, 2014
Puerto Morales, Mexico
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Greensky Bluegrass

Jam Cruise
January 6-11, 2015
Departs from Miami, FL

Tropical Throe.down
January 9-13, 2015
Grand Lido Resort
Negril, Jamaica
Performers include: moe., Floodwood, Conehead Buddha Horns, and Ha Ha The Moose.

Island Exodus
January 14-18, 2015
Grand Lido Negril
Negril, Jamaica
Gov't Mule will host the event

Panic en la Playa Cuatro
January 24-28, 2014
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Widespread Panic will host this event

One Big Holiday
January 31-February 4, 2015
Hard Rock Hotel
Riviera Maya, Mexico
My Morning Jacket will host the event

Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!


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