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Jam Central Station – The Pimps of Joytime

September 29, 2018 | Posted by Jeff Modzelewski



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 Jay 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 Jay 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.

It was another 4 years before the band’s next studio album, Jukestone Paradise. In the gap they continued playing over 100 shows a year and making their way to major festivals. Jay also spent time producing other artists, mostly New Orleans artists that he had shared the stage with as a member of Pimps of Joytime at one time or another. 2017 saw the release of the smooth and funky Third Wall Chronicles and continued touring.

The band has continued to make their primary impact through live shows. The festival circuit has been very good to the Pimps, and they play multiple major events a year. But they also keep a solid pace for their own shows, as well as venturing down other musical avenues. While they haven’t reached the same heights of popularity as some of their peers, they continue to do steady work and don’t look to be slowing down.



Lockn’ announces 2019 dates
Lockn’ has wasted no time preparing for 2019. The festival will be held from August 22-25, again in Arrington, VA. They also announced a loyalty program for festival fans who want to purchase a super-early bird ticket at a discount.

Phish announce New Years run
Phish will return to Madison Square Garden for a 4 night New Years Eve run. They’ll be at the Garden from 12/28-31. The ticket request period for fans runs through 10/8.

Dave Matthews Band announces fall tour
The Dave Matthews Band announced a fall arena tour. The band will be on the road from the end of November through early December, starting in Columbus, OH and hitting much of the east coast, including 2 nights at MSG. They’ll wrap up the year with a pair of hometown shows in Charlottesville, VA.

Nov. 27 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Nov. 29 – New York City – Madison Square Garden
Nov. 30 – New York City – Madison Square Garden
Dec. 2 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 4 – Manchester, NH – SNHU Arena
Dec. 5 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
Dec. 7 – Boston – TD Garden
Dec. 8 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Dec. 11 – Philadelphia – Wells Fargo Center
Dec. 13 – Washington, DC – CapitalOne Arena
Dec. 14 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
Dec. 15 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena

Phil Lesh announces Halloween run
Phil Lesh will perform 3 shows at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY over Halloween. He’ll be joined by members of his Terrapin Family Band, Twiddle, Jimmy Herring, and others. The run is from 10/31-11/2.


The Festy Experience
October 5-7
Arrington, VA
Greensky Bluegrass, Gillian Welch, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, Billy Strings, Della Mae, Fruition, Carbon Leaf, Bonnie Paine, The Lil’ Smokies

Hillberry Music Festival
October 11-14
Railroad Earth, Trampled By Turtles, Sam Bush, Lettuce, The Wood Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Strings, Split Lip Rayfield

Suwannee Hulaween
October 25-28
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
The String Cheese Incident, Jamiroquai, Odesza, The Revivalists, STS9, Lettuce, Trampled by Turtles, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Galactic, Turkuaz, The Wood Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

Hangtown Music Festival
October 25-28
Placerville, CA
Railroad Earth (3 Nights), The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Trampled By Turtles, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe presents Eat a Bunch of Peaches, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Strings, Pimps of Joytime

Strings & Sol
December 7-11
Puerto Morelos, MX
Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon

December 12-16
Puerto Morelos, MX
The Disco Biscuits, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Lotus, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Ghost Light

Winter Wondergrass Vermont
December 14-16
Stratton, VT
Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, Keller & The Keels, Fruition, Billy Strings, Kitchen Dwellers, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Rumpke Mountain Boys

Tropical Throe.down
January 10-14
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
moe., The New Mastersounds, Big Something

Jam in the Sand
January 15-19
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Dark Star Orchestra, The Wailers, Green Leaf Rustlers

International Incident
January 25-28
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
The String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams

Panic en la Playa Ocho
January 25-29
Riviera Maya, Mexico

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Riviera Maya
February 15-17
Riviera Maya, Mexico

Phish in Riviera Maya
February 21-23
Riviera Maya, Mexico

Winter Wondergrass Colorado
February 22-24
Steamboat Springs, CO

Winter Wondergrass California
March 29-31
Squaw Valley, CA

Bender Jamboree
April 11-14
Plaza Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, Billy Strings

Lockn’ Festival
August 22-25
Arrington, VA


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