Fans of music in the Hostess City have cause to celebrate as a band born and bred in Savannah, A Nickel Bag of Funk, prepares to release its first full-length studio album.
Titled "Melodic Schizophrenic," it will contain 14 original tracks recorded and mixed right here in Savannah at Dollhouse Productions.
The band consists of frontwoman Leslie Adele on lead vocals, Anthony Jones on keys and backup vocals, Jermaine Baker on drums and Tre "Trestyle" Moore, also on vocals. Numerous others have collaborated with the group over the years as well, including Lloyd Harold, Randy Cuba and Jim Shaffer on trumpet and piano.
Other than occasionally singing in church, Adele had limited experience with music. Her decision to branch out and shoot for a musical career actually came from a dare eight years ago.
Adele was working as a bartender and waitress at North Beach Bar and Grill on Tybee Island and one night was dared to go up and sing with a musical group that was performing. From there, the rest is history.
"I went up there and sang and everybody loved it; the customers loved it, the band loved it," Adele said. "That started to get me thinking about a career in music, and the tips weren't too bad that night, either."
A Nickel Bag of Funk has opened for Nappy Roots and Dwele and was voted Savannah's best R&B/Funk band in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. They have also been featured on Jesse James' "Monster Garage" and have performed in Las Vegas and toured up and down the southeast.
Adele touched on how her own musical tastes are infused into the music she and her bandmates create.
"I like everything. I like it all," Adele said. "Whether it's reggae, funk, rock 'n' roll, gospel, jazz, Southern rock, pop or hip hop, I like it all and we try to incorporate all of that into what we do."
A quick visit to the group's video section online confirms this. Visitors will find a small sampling of some of their cover work, which includes Jill Scott, Bruno Mars, The Isley Brothers, Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Chaka Khan and more.
"Music is one of those things that can be without race, without gender, without socioeconomic status," Adele said. "I think you do yourself a disservice if you box yourself into a corner and don't branch out and explore the music and the sound."
In conjunction with the album release, there will also be a release party hosted at Dollhouse Productions. Tickets for the event are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP. Students with IDs from SCAD, Savannah State, Armstrong or Georgia Southern will receive a $10 discount at the door.
All ticket purchases come with a copy of the album and five drink tickets. Zunzi's will provide food.
Performing in addition to A Nickel Bag of Funk will be Danni Cassette, KidSyc, Basik Lee, Randy Cuba and The Royal Noise. Doors open at 9 p.m. with TreStyle Moore hosting the evening and CJ the DJ Hero on turntables.
"I want fans and even those unfamiliar with us to come out and celebrate with us," Adele said. "It's going to be a fun night with a full-fledged concert, free drinks and food."