Pimps of Joytime give dance concert Nov. 12 | TheUnion.com

Pimps of Joytime give dance concert Nov. 12

Brooklyn-based funk band, The Pimps of Joytime return to Grass Valley for a show with Con Brio opening presented by The Center for the Arts on Nov. 12.
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Brooklyn-based funk band The Pimps of Joytime return to Grass Valley for a show with Con Brio opening presented by The Center for the Arts on Nov. 12.

Established as one of the most acclaimed live funk acts, The Pimps of Joytime have toured nonstop since forming in 2005. Their eclectic mix of funk, soul, reggae, Latin, and electronica easily stir up any crowd on any night into a full blown dancing frenzy within moments of taking the stage.

On the album, “Jukestone Paradise,” The Pimps of Joytime crafted ten cohesive songs pulled from lead guitarist and singer Brian J’s deep discography of influences.

“It’s a sonic tapestry that’s representative of this time and place that we live in,” said Brian J.

The Pimps of Joytime mash up 70s funk tones with modern dance beats, mixed with original samples to create their mosaic sound.

“At our core, the Pimps of Joytime are not just dance music. My first vocal mentor was a doo-wop singer, so I have a long-time love affair with vocal harmonies,” said Brian J of the band’s three-part harmony attack.

The band’s touring lineup features dual female vocalists and percussionists Mayteana Morales and Cole Williams X. Forming the rhythmic backbone is bassist/ keyboardist David Bailis and drummer John Staten. The touring schedule includes festivals like Voodoo, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo and High Sierra.




Con Brio is a living, evolving testament to the power of soul. Propelled by gifted showman Ziek McCarter, Con Brio’s sound draws a clear lineage from the dance-heavy funk legacies of legends like Sly & the Family Stone and James Brown, while keeping an eye on R&B trailblazers like D’Angelo and Prince and a focus firmly on the future.

Based in San Francisco and named after a musical direction meaning “with spirit,” Con Brio has a relentless drive for experimentation.

The band has shared the stage with artists such as: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fishbone, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Trombone Shorty.


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