Why book Phunkplayah?

High Energy Party/Dance Band bringing "Ol Skool" Funk-Classic R&B-Classic Pop / Neo Soul from the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond......
...."Grown Folks Music".
Top Quality Entertainment for a fraction of the cost, thanks to today's technology. DJ included (if neeeded)

Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Jazz Funk also available for those events that have a "meet and greet" or dining before the party starts.





Phunkplayah (AKA Kirby Hamilton) brings the funk

Phunkplayah has brought the funk all the way to Durham NC for several years as a participant in Durham's funkiest street music festival -- Phoenix Fest. He wowed the funk-loving audience with his big sound and non-stop pulsing base line. The get-up-on-the-floor performance was tight and professionally produced. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the entire set.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Denise H.
Organization: Phoenix Fest (Durham NC)
Event: Festival in Durham, NC
Event Date: Oct 5, 2012
Hired As: Funk Band

Response from Phunkplayah:

Denise as I told you AND the crowd....Durham is the Funk Capital of NC as far as I'm concerned. It was an honor and a pleasure to perform for a crowd like that. It is an incredible feeling to see all ages feeling the Funk.....but when a senior citizen with a walker, gets up and jams to some Roger Troutman..... I almost fainted with joy......thanks again for such a wonderful event!!!!!


Excellent Performance..
Phunkplayah is the Best

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: s.thornton
Organization: N/A
Event: Bar/Lounge in Winston-Salem, NC
Event Date: Aug 1, 2013
Hired As: Funk Band

Response from Phunkplayah:

Thank you so much for allowing me to "brang dah Funk" to your event. I had a wonderful nice I think we should do it twice. Thanks again!!!

Phunkplayah: Great Entertainer

North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Inc., producer of the National Black Theatre Festival highly recommend Phunkplayah for your entertainment needs. Audiences of all ages enjoy his creativity and sound.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Sylvia
Organization: NC Black Repertory Company
Event: Other in Winston-Salem, NC
Event Date: Aug 1, 2013

Response from Phunkplayah:

And may I add, it is always a pleasure to perform and be involved with this organization. I am so proud of what they have accomplished, and what they represent......thank you for your is greatly appreciated.

Professional Work!!!

Versatile, high energy, crowd pleaser, professional and a love for all types of music. Our crowd had various aged people. They all enjoyed and did not want to leave. Coordination of the event was handled in a professional manner and all involved carried and dressed themselves professionally.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Nancy C.
Organization: First African Baptist Church
Event: Religious Celebration in Goldsboro, NC
Event Date: Jun 10, 2012

Response from Phunkplayah:

This was my first Smooth Jazz/E Z Listening show at a church event and I enjoyed every minute of the event and the audience. It was totally different from my usual high energy dance show, but it was a great learning experience. Phunkplayah's alter ego Kirby had a great time....thanks so much for your support.

You and The Faculty BROUGHT IT!!!!

It was a very specual event. It started and endend on time. The party-goers had a wonderful time. They want to know when we can do it again!!!

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: E. E.
Event: Birthday Party in Goldsboro, NC
Event Date: Jun 24, 2011
Hired As: Funk Band

Response from Phunkplayah:

Thank you ever so much Earlene!!! It was a pleasure and the band (THE FACULTY) also had a great time. We might need to hire YOU as our official line dance instructor because you really got the crowd going....thank you so much for your us anytime

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 120 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Languages: English


Performance comes as "One Man Band" (with the sound of an eight piece band) or Duo...Trio....or full band (THE FACULTY) depending on your budget. We specialize in "Classic R&B-Neo Soul-Pop "Ol Skool Funk" with a taste of Pop-Rock and Blues. We also do a Smooth Jazz / Contemporary Jazz show which is perfect for "Meet & Greets" or dinner before the dance music. We have audience participation, and can also provide gifts and prizes (PhunkShades= glasses that light up) for your guests if budget allows.....great party booster and looks floor packed with everyone flashing, dancing and having a ball. We also have a "Blue Eye Soul" song list for diversity. We also do a tribute to ROGER TROUTMAN & ZAPP (with Phunkplayah playing TALKBOX) which is a crowd favorite and separate us from most bands.

Additional Booking Notes

Self contained with PA 4000 watt system, however we ask that funding be provided to transport, or I can hire a sound crew that travels with us occasionally with the bigger shows. This will depend on the size of your event. We usually use the following:
Behringer or Yamaha PA Boards with a minimum of 10 mike inputs. (for full band) 4000 watts or more
18 inch subs (2) ....... 15 inch mids (2 per cabinet)....with horns that can handle the power listed above
Monitors (5)
We prefer seated audience to be at least thirty feet from the stage or band. Dance floor can be a little closer
Everything listed in this section depends on the type of event and the numbers attending. If it is just a light Smooth Jazz show, we can get by with less however you'd rather have and not need than need and not have. We prefer to set up and do sound check TWO HOURS before show time. Hotel rooms and meals depends on how far we have to travel. Some shows don't require this.

Past Booked Events

12/31/13 HELLAS Restaurant & Entertainment Center
10/26/13 Club 30/30
10/17/13 The Rock Shop
10/12/13 Southern Roots Restaurant
10/05/13 Harley-Davidson Concert
10/04/13 Club Barcelona
09/14/13 Deep South The Bar



Born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Kirby L. Hamilton, Jr. (aka “Phunkplayah”) has been active in the music industry for over three decades as Artist, Studio Musician, Producer, Arranger, Entertainment Director, Special Events Coordinator, Promoter, Nightclub Manager, Director of Marketing, and Educator. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music from Winston-Salem State University, and during the same year of graduation, recorded with platinum R&B/Funk recording artists “Brick,” known for such hits as “Dazz”, “Ain’t Gone Hurt Nobody”, and “Dusic”. After a brief stay in Atlanta, he returned to North Carolina where he recorded his first single “You’re In Good Hands” and “I’m Trying”, followed by the LP “RIP Life”. After receiving regional airplay in the southeast, and being recognized by Billboard Magazine as “Pick Hit of The Week” with the single “A Different Place” (from the RIP Life LP), he relocated to Palm Springs, California where he continued his musical career as drummer (and later bass player) for the local favorites “Tonal Eclipse”. During this time he was recording Muzak and local television theme songs, while teaching in the public school system. The group disbanded after their sold out debut performance at the famous Hollywood Palace in Hollywood California.

Staying active in the industry by way of recording, producing, and writing, Phunk then started his career in gaming (casinos), and with a strong entertainment background, he held positions as Nightclub Manager, Director of Marketing, Entertainment/Special Events Coordinator and finally Asst. General Manager. During this time he hooked up with Dr. Dre’ (Death Row Records) who was producing platinum hits back to back. Phunk performed on Snoop Doggy Dog’s debut CD “Doggystyle” which debuted double platinum and sky rocketed his career. Phunk also was in Snoop’s first two videos “What’s My Name” and “Gin and Juice”. Dr. Dre is responsible for introducing Phunk to the talkbox, made famous by artist such as Roger Troutman, Peter Frampton, Sly Stone and others. Now he is hooked on the Roger/Zapp sound that he had always loved. Phunk continued producing up and coming Black and Latino Hip-Hop artists throughout southern California that were in search of that “Ol Skool” Roger/Zapp sound. While still “dunked in funk”, Phunk played drums with The John-Stanley King Band (one of Palm Springs local favorites in classic rock) and performed on their debut CD.

Relocating back to North Carolina, with years of experience behind him, along with today’s technology, he has put together an exciting one man show concentrating on “GFM” (Grown Folks Music) where takes you through a musical journey of Dance/Funk hits from the 70s, 80’s, and 90’s and beyond, along with his own originals. His Funk show includes a “Tribute To Roger Troutman” which is a crowd favorite. This is after delivering some Smooth Jazz for your listening and toe tapping pleasure.

He has also put together a Gospel show that has the energy and flavor of “Ol Skool Funk (Parliament, Roger, Bootsy, Gap Band, Rick James, The Time, Prince, and many other funkateers), but with a message of spiritual awareness, praise, and worship.

Kirby Hamilton aka “Phunkplayah” completed his debut Contemporary Jazz/Funk & Smooth Jazz CD in March of 2010 where he produced and performed the entire CD.
It is entitled “ISOLATED” and can be found and purchased at CD Baby.

Phunkplayah has shared the stage with such artists as:
Frankie Beverly & Maze / The Emotions / Bootsy’s Rubber Band / Roger & Zapp / One Way / Marvin Gaye / The Dramatics / Ice Cube & Westside Connection / Herbie Mann / Art Blakely / Vince Neil / Phil UpChurch

The team providing the talent:

Kirby Hamilton aka PHUNKPLAYAH

Leader / Keyboards / Vocals / Talkbox

Joe Daniels

Keyboards / Vocals / Tech

Vic Shaw

Guitar / Tech

DJ Whitted

DJ / Sound / Tech

Henry Bernard

DJ / Roadie / Driver

Michael Bennett


Terrell Hamilton

Bass / Vocals

Set List

We play to the crowd so we don't have a definite set list, however here is a sample of the songs that are usually crowd pleasers. Because of the nature of our show we DO NOT TAKE REQUEST...but for weddings and special private functions we can discuss your musical needs while in negotiations.
KOOL & THE GANG=Celebration / She's Fresh / Get Down On It / Hollywood Swinging / Ladies Night
Herbie Hancock=Rocket Curtis Mayfield=Give Me Your Love Al Green=Love & Happiness
Christopher Cross=Ride Like The Wind / Theme From Author
Rick James=Super Freak / Mary Jane / Cold Blooded / Give To Me Baby
Commodores-Brick House / I Feel Sanctified (remix) Temptations= Standing On The Top / Don't Let The Jones Get You Down
Earth Wind & Fire=Kalimba / September Chic=Good Times Chuck Brown=Busting Loose
The Time=777-9311 / C.O.O.L / The Bird / Jungle Love Brick=Dazz / Ain't Gone Hurt Nobody Confunkshun=Fun Fun Fun
Prince=I'm A Star / Purple Rain / When Doves Cry
Roger & Zapp=More Bounce / Computer Love / So Ruff / Dance Floor / I Can Make You Dance Play Some Blues
Parliament/Funkadelic=Atomic Dog / Freek Of The Week / Mothership Connection / Ah The Name Is Bootsy
The Wooble / Electric Slide O'Jays=For The Love Money James Brown=Sex Machime / Good Foot
Ohio Players=Skin Tight / Fire / Roller Coaster War=Slipping Into Darkness / Me & Baby Brother / The World Is A Ghetto
Steve Miller Band=The Joker / Fly Like An Eagle Doobie Brothers=Long Train Running ZZTop=Sharp Dressed Man
Robert Palmer=Addicted To Love / You"re In My System / Some Like It Hot Phil Collins=Su Sudio / Easy Lover
The Whispers=Tonight / Rock Steady / And The Beat Goes On Beatles=Get Back
KC & The Sunshine Band=Get Lifted / Get Down Tonight / That's The Way I Like It


Influences & Inspiration

Sly Stone, Prince, Rick James, The Time, Parliament/Funkadelic, Phil Collins, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang, ROGER TROUTMAN, Steve Miller, Tom Browne, George Duke, Robert Palmer, James Brown, Temptations, The Whispers, Ohio Players, War,

Setup Requirements

Need Stage Lighting

Sound Self Contained

Stage / Drum Stage