Get ready Knoxville, because the funk revolution is coming to the Old City. Local independent artist Jaystorm will be performing live at Patrick Sullivan’s tomorrow night with special guest Skinny Little White Girl.
Jaystorm is one of Knoxville’s own rising musicians, noted for his soulful sound blended with undertones of hip-hop and funk. As a musician, Jaystorm said he feels confident in performing a wide variety of styles.
“I have a solid combination in the delivery of all my songs,” Jaystorm said. “I can sing and rap — like Lauren Hill and Missy Elliot do. I put all my energy and emotion into each song.”
Noted for his onstage presence and versatility, Jaystorm has quickly risen through the ranks of a genre that is relatively new to the region. Drawing from such influences as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, Jaystorm’s abilities as an artist have allowed him to open for such major label artists as The Nappy Roots, Mystikal, Young Joc and Petey Pablo.
After completing two full-length albums with his former R&B group PD-6, public demand forced Jaystorm to release his first solo album “Let’s Do This” in 2004. Since then, he has worked for various fundraisers and charity events throughout the upper east Tennessee region.
While promoting the album, Jaystorm racked up some noteworthy credentials, including a nomination for 2005 Southern Entertainment Awards’ Independent R&B Album of the Year, a nomination for a Chicago-based Battle of the Bands national competition and a music video that saw regular rotation among several television stations. Currently, Jaystorm is preparing for and promoting his much anticipated sophomore release “TwentyFourSeven,” which is due this spring.
“Jaystorm definitely has the gift of groove,” Mike Allison, a sophomore in engineering said. “I’m looking forward to getting my funk on Friday night.”
Opening for Jaystorm will be another of Knoxville’s own intensely funk bands, known as Skinny Little White Girl. The band is made up of seven musicians and adds a stylistic edge by featuring three vocalists and a saxophone. Skinny Little White Girl has been performing regionally for several years and seems to pick up more funk followers everywhere they go.
So start the weekend right by supporting two of Knoxville’s rising stars, and expect nothing short of a good time. Whether you’re a funk band lover or just looking for the party, Jaystorm and Skinny Little White Girl are sure to provide it. For more information on the event, check out www.jaystorm.net or Jaystorm’s page on MySpace. The concert starts at 9 p.m. at Patrick Sullivan’s on Friday with a $7 cover.