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Jam Central Station: The Pimps Of Joytime

November 19, 2016 | Posted by Jeff Modzelewski

Over the past decade 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 continued to make their primary impact through touring. The festival circuit was very good to the Pimps, and they continued to play multiple major events a year. But they also played over 100 shows a year, keeping up a solid pace. After a break from recording, the band finally released Jukestone Paradise in 2015. The album had a very retro feel, like a classic throwback to the 70’s disco era. They’ve continued to bring a dance party wherever they go, making them a band that fits into a variety of settings. With a decade of dancing behind them, there’s no evidence that they’re slowing down.

Mountain Jam announces lineup
Mountain Jam announced their initial 2017 lineup. The festival will be bringing out some classic rock with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, and Peter Frampton. Other artists on the initial lineup include Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gary Clark Jr., Elephant Revival, The Infamous Stringdusters, Shovels & Rope, and The Revivalists.

Umphrey’s McGee announce March dates
Umphrey’s McGee announced a run of dates in March out West. The dates include stops throughout the west including several in California.

March 1 Sandpoint, ID—The Hive
March 2 Sandpoint, ID—The Hive
March 3 Missoula, MT—The Wilma (Polecat)
March 4 Missoula, MT—The Wilma (Polecat)
March 9 Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot
March 10 Stateline, NV—Montbleu Theater (Spafford)
March 11 Oakland, CA—Fox Theater (Spafford)
March 12 San Rafael, CA—Terrapin Crossroads
March 16 Tempe, AZ—Marquee Theatre (Spafford)
March 17 Las Vegas, NV—Brooklyn Bowl (Spafford)
March 18 Los Angeles, CA—The Wiltern (Spafford)
March 19 San Diego, CA—The Observatory North Park (Spafford)

Lettuce announce tour dates
Lettuce announced a run of dates to support their new Mt. Crushmore album. The band starts out on New Years and the dates run through mid-March, taking Lettuce literally across the country in the process.

December 30 Portland, ME – State Theatre*
December 31 Boston, MA – House of Blues*
January 3 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
January 4 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
January 5 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
January 6 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
January 7 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
January 8 Richmond, VA – National Theater
January 10 Wilmington, NC – Throne Theater
January 11 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
January 12 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
January 13 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
January 15 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
January 17 New Orleans, LA – The Republic
January 18 Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
January 19 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
January 20 Miami, FL – Jam Cruise 15
February 22 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue Theatre
February 23 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
February 24 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
February 25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
February 26 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
March 1 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
March 2 Aspen, CO – Belly Up
March 3 Aspen, CO – Belly Up
March 4 Park City, UT – Park City Live
March 7 Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
March 9 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
March 10 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
March 11 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
March 15 Tahoe, NV – Crystal Bay Casino
March 16 Tahoe, NV – Crystal Bay Casino
March 18 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
March 19 San Diego, CA – Music Box
*w/ Tauk

Dominican Holidaze
December 1-5
Breathless Beach Resort & Spa
Punta Cana
Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, STS9, Joe Russo’s ALmost Dead, Lotus, Lettuce, Shpongle, The Floozies

Strings & Sol
December 9-13
New Sapphire
Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Yonder MOuntain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller & The Keels, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass

Jam Cruise
January 20-25
Sailing from Miami, FL
The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Benevento Russo Duo, Lettuce, Kamasi Washinton, The Revivalists, The Motet, Beats Antique

Los Muertos Con Queso
January 25-28
Riviera Maya, Mexico
The String Cheese Incident, Bill Kreutzmann & Bob Weir with Dave Schools, Jeff Chimenti, and Tom Hamilton, Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds: Three Concerts On The Beach
February 23-25
Riviera Maya, Mexico

Winter Wondergrass Colorado
February 26-27
Steamboat, CO
Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, Brothers Comatose, Steep Canyon Rangers, Billy Strings

Panic En La Playa
February 27-March 3
Hard Rock Hotel
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Widespread Panic, Orgone, Southern Soul Assembly, Playa All Stars

Winter Wondergrass California
March 31-April 2
Olympic Valley, CA
Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, Hot Buttered Rum, Fruition

Wanee Festival
April 20-22
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL

Sweetwater 420 Festival
April 21-23
Centennial Park
Atlanta, GA
Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Ween, Lettuce, Slightly Stoopid, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Anders Osborne, Dark Star Orchestra, Twiddle

Bonnaroo
June 8-11
Manchester, TN

Mountain Jam
June 16-18
Hunter Mountain, NY
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr., Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Elephant Revival, Shovels & Rope, The Revivalists, The Infamous Stringdusters

Electric Forest I
June 22-25
Rothbury, MI

Electric Forest II
June 29-July 2
Rothbury, MI

Floydfest 17: Freedom
July 26-30
Floyd, VA
Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul & Broken Bones, Railroad Earth, Shovels & Rope, Turkuaz, Fruition

Lockn’
August 24-27
Arrington, VA

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!