Welcome the Charles Walker Band with The Shake Ups to Birdy's!
Deliciously Stanky. DynamicallyFunky. Recklessly Hopeful.
Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The Brand New Heavys, and James Brown. The Milwaukee based band has refined their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk infused rhythms with pop melodies. The three-piece band rehearses tirelessly in Charles’ basement, amidst couches and low ceilings, Charles having to stoop the entire time. Surprisingly, at the band’s shows, there are no fans. There is only family. The question posed at the beginning of the first song is, Are we family or not?
The band evokes positive energy to their family members, who say they always feel better than when they arrived. The Charles Walker Band is Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically
Funky. Recklessly Hopeful.
Charles grew up literally in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by dairy farms and apple orchards, the closest town ten miles away, he found music in six grade. After being presented with various instruments, he desperately wanted to play trombone. However, his music teacher declared he had the perfect mouth for saxophone, and his career was started. Walker, now also keyboardist and vocalist in the band, started the Charles Walker Band 15 years ago, initially as a blues band. When Porsche Carmon joined, a Columbus, OH native and female vocalist, bassist, and hand percussionist in the band, the sound begin to shift towards funk. Eventually, Charles and Porsche became a couple, and together laugh, cry, and argue about how best to plan shows that compete with cell phones and tablets. As a testament to their ability to create an engaging show, one of the band’s family said at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, “I had to go to the bathroom for two hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!”
The core of the Charles Walker Band is a three piece band. Besides
Charles and Porsche, Paris Howard nails down the drums.
See the Charles Walker Band in action!
The Shake Ups are a midwestern-based power-pop music collective formed in 2005. The band blends co-ed vocals, bouncy melodies and infectious energy into a refreshingly charming sound. The Shake Ups are comprised of Patrick O'Connor (vocals, guitars), Savannah O'Connor (keyboards, vocals), Lee Cherolis (bass), Luisanna Rodriguez (vocals, percussion), Ed Cho (guitars), Bitsy McCann (vocals, percussion), and Steve Hinckley (drums). The Shake Ups have independently released several full-length albums on their own Gelatinous Productions imprint alongside projects with indie labels Blindspot and Not Lame. The Shake Ups have performed at San Diego's legendary House of Blues and at events such as the International Pop Overthrow Festival and Blitzkrieg Bash, among others. The Shake Ups continue to build on their reputation as a primary force in the independent music community.
The band initiated a family-friendly side project in the summer of 2013, The Shake Ups In Ponyville, performing original music inspired by television series and pop culture phenomenon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The Shake Ups In Ponyville released a self-titled EP in the summer of 2013, followed by a debut full-length, Mane Event, that fall. The band has since appeared at fan events (the MLP Fair, Ponycon, Ciderfest) and major conventions (GenCon, Wizard World, Comic Con) across the U.S. With their fanbase growing exponentially (the band's Youtube channel recently surpassed 145,000 views), The Shake Ups In Ponyville released their second album, Pony Power Pop, in late 2014, which included their most popular single to date, "Princess of the Night." A third full-length, Rock Candy, followed at the tail-end of 2015, garnering rave reviews from both pop culture enthusiasts and the indie music echelon.
Following a limited edition tribute to the Fab Four, 'The Shake Ups Play The Beatles,' the band returned in the spring of 2017 with a new original project inspired by the award winning animated series, Steven Universe. Entitled 'The Shake Ups In Beach City,' the latest album fuses the band's signature power-pop stylings with elements of surf rock and new wave across a sparkling new collection of family-friendly musical gems.
See The Shake Ups play!
$10 at the door