"While following the tradition of bands like Snarky Puppy, Dirty Loops and Vulfpeck, FFRD pushes the boundaries of complex, danceable pop music. With a penchant for DJ culture, new school jazz and old school funk, as well as a healthy dose of improvisation and Baltimore style breakbeat, members of Fake Flowers Real Dirt take great care in how these genres are used and how they interact with each other. After all, bands that boast a vast array of genres are not uncommon these days, its how these genres are melded together that makes FFRD what they are."
We booked Fake Flowers Real Dirt for a post game concert at a minor league baseball stadium in Lancaster, PA. They were very responsive and provided all information, stage plots, etc requested.
When the show day came, unfortunately we got hit with an unexpected rain storm that cause the game to be delayed and ultimately cancelled the concert. The guys took it stride and rolled with the punches. Althought they weren't able to perform they acted very professional and I look forward to booking them for another event in the future.
Drop everything and see this band. They mix everything from experimental jazz to funk & soul, club music, turntables and beats galore. There's nothing to compare them to really. Just likable, danceable, original music with catchy hooks (but not too catchy), rich harmonies and complex rhythms. If your are sick of the super thin junk on the radio these days, this is your thing.
Caught their NYE show and these youngsters are really good. I can see their music having a broad appeal. They didn't play a lot of covers but I don't think the people were too concerned with that. They were a really good, professional band and I love the incorporation of a DJ and horns.
Caught them at Joe2 in Baltimore. They were totally original. Great band to watch!
Price Range: $1000 - $2500 plus travel expenses
Gig Length: 45 - 135 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
We are a 10 piece original band out of Baltimore called Fake Flowers Real Dirt. We're a modern mix of soul, funk, jazz and breakbeats. (Think Soul Coughing meets Jamiroquai). We have a myriad of influences but the jazz/funk/organic-electro/jam heavy stuff is pretty prevalent. We set out to create music that is complex and at the same time accessible. There's also a bit of DJ culture tossed in for good measure
We play a mix of covers and originals that caters specifically to the gig we're playing and because we have a DJ incorporated into the core of the band, we can cover a set of almost any length.
In the steamy basement of an otherwise unremarkablehousein Baltimore, "Fake Flowers Real Dirt" forges their mix of genres from the funk/dope characteristic (e.g. funk, hip-hop): driving skank reggae moves to frenetic breakbeat/jungle, joined together with a series of quick jazz changes. Simple melodic lines and hooks give way to solos, with space.
FFRD's efforts began when singer Billy D William marshaled the forces of an accomplished group of veterans from the DMV music scene. Their goal is nothing less than sonic nirvana - obtained through the melding of diverse musical traditions into a form greater than the sum of its parts.
Atop the groundwork carefully, yet ruthlessly laid down by drummer Matt Segal and bassist / sound-man extraordinaire Ethan Montgomery, Billy D William sings skyward with gospel soul, singer Maddy Waters adds delicious harmonies while increasing the band's class considerably, Dave Eynck invites listeners into his world with cerebral chord voicings and sound, turntablist ISAAC mashes and scratches (real) vinyl, Gene Chapman and Cullen Waller play searing and soaring horn lines - close your eyes and imagine Cannonball!!! - while Chris Zebal goes from classic hammond to buzzy west-coast style synth and wah filters. Brian Escavage provides percussion and extra drive to the deep rhythms - the icing on an already tasty cake! The group embraces the style nouveau while never forgetting the trivial inequality: 10 seasoned players, still on their way 'round the block.
FFRD transcends superlatives; their awesomeness is matched only by their modesty. From the basement in a house in Baltimore, MD to your ears, "The flyest and the most, as real as non-fiction."
Additional Booking Notes
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Past Booked Events
|July 07, 2017 • 4:00pm - 10:00pm||Concert|
FFRD can operate as a 10 piece band, a Trio or anything in between.
We can cover 3 - 45 minute sets while our DJ spins between sets.
The New Fantastic
Upside your Head
Thought You Knew
On the One
Break Em Off
3 Straight Days
Bullets Thru the Fire
SpottieOttieDopaliscious - Outkast
Baby Hold On to Me - Eddie Money
Yo Momma - New Mastersounds
All Apoligies - Nirvana
Boogie on Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
You Got Me - The Roots/Erykah Badu
Just Kissed my Baby - The Meters
Back in the Day - Erykah Badu
No Diggity - Blackstreet
Word Up - Cameo
In the Pocket - Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Brother Sister - Brand New Heavies
Raggamuffin - Selah Sue
Thrift Shop - Macklemore/Wanz
Get Lucky - Daft Punk/Pharrell
Peg - Steely Dan
Chameleon - Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters
Feelin Good - Nina Simmone
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
The Chicken - Jaco Pastorius
I Put a Spell on you - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
What is Going on? - Marvin Gaye
Use Me - Bill Withers
Sunny - Jamiroquai
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
21 Questions - Nate Dogg & 50 Cent
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Steppin Stone - G Love & Special Sauce
Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley
Stealing Happy Hours - 311
Summer Time - Sublime
Get Away - Katchafire
3 Little Birds - Bob Marley
Crazy Fool - Sublime
I Need Love - LL Cool J
You Don't Know How it Feels - Tom Petty
|Billy D William||MC/Vocalist|
|Eugene Chapman||Alto Sax|
Influences & Inspiration
Herbie Hancock, Soulive, John Scofield, Soul Coughing, James Brown, Greyboy Allstars, Disco Biscuits, Jamiroquai, Snarky Puppy, Incognito, Chuck Brown, The Meters, Lotus, Prince, Miles Davis, Medeski Martin & Wood, Galactic, Lettuce, Afrika Bambaataa, P-Funk, The Derek Trucks Band, Steely Dan, The Motet, Organissimo, Umphrey's Mcgee, Ripplegroove.
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