Tweed Funk


Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk has garnered national and international acclaim for their horn-driven, sweat-soaked soul-blues. This Milwaukee, Wisconsin band is fronted by Joseph “Smokey” Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70’s. Tweed Funk boasts 3 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins for the band and it’s members and 10 WAMI Nominations in the last 4 years, including 3 WAMI Nominations for 2014. Tweed Funk has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest including: Chicago Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Byron Crossroads Blues Festival, Paramount Blues Festival, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Slippery Noodle Inn, House of Blues – Chicago, Jazz in the Park, Summerfest, and many more. Tweed Funk played 30 festivals, concerts, and club gigs in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the summer of 2013 and received excellent reviews and praise from festival bookers and the press.

On March 31st, 2014 Tweed Funk released their 3rd CD, First Name Lucky. Inspired by a recent trip to Memphis, Tweed Funk wanted to create an organic album with a minimal amount of overdubs and production. Tweed Funk’s goal was to capture the energy, excitement, and raw emotive power of 7 freshly penned original tunes and 4 select covers. Additionally, Tweed Funk released their debut music video from the new CD for the song “Blues In My Soul.”

Names of band members:
Smokey, JD Optekar, Eric Madunic, Nick Lang, Jon Lovas, Kevin Klemme

Blues, R&B

Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown, Freddie King, George Clinton, P-Funk, Buddy Guy, Booker T, Otis Redding

First Name Lucky, March 31, 2014
Love Is - April 26, 2012
Bringin It - March 15, 2011


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