PO BOYZ is the best party in town and they’re coming to a venue near you. A soulful gumbo of sounds, fearless souls and spirits their sure-fire high energy songs, with tinges of gospel, rock, country and Latin influence, assert themselves with a positive feeling that has become their signature vibe and sound. PO BOYZ newest release Country Funk (Positive Records, 2010) hit #4 on Jambands.Com radio charts in early 2011 earning several nods from critics and buzz among the jam and funk community. PO BOYZ songs and live performances have gained them the attention of national promoters who have put them on the stage with many of the top associated acts. If the name doesn’t ring a bell it’s time to get up to speed, PO BOYZ, dressed with extra hot sauce, are coming to your local venue soon - get ready to get down.<br><br>PO BOYZ have been described as "dirty, deliciously gritty Southern funk" as well as “Boston’s funkiest organ trio” by 88.9 WERS FM Radio. PO BOYZ have performed many festivals and shows since their inception in 2005 and have been blessed enough to share the stage with Karl Denson, George Porter, Melvin Sparks, Tab Benioit, Big Sam, Eric Lindell, and Trombone Shorty.
PO BOYZ are led by keyboardist/vocalist Keith Hollis who worked as pianist and Hammond Organist for Grammy Award winning and Rock and Roll Hall of fame singer Solomon Burke until his untimely passing in October 2010. Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Wagley’s six-string assault brings to mind the exploratory jams of Jerry Garcia with the atomic punch of Duane Allman’s slide work. Rounding out the lineup drummer/vocalist Buzzy Mannion shed himself of whatever stereotypes you have heard about “shy drummers” by wielding an assertive stage presence, bringing to mind the tight snare drum rhythms of The Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste. Mannion’s beat crunching can be counted on to get your adrenalin pumping.
PO BOYZ first show was played to a packed house on Frenchman Street during the 2005 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Since then the trio has opened for some great artists including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Karl Denson (of Greyboy Allstars fame), Porter, Batistie and Schultz – feat. George Porter of The Meters, Otis Grove, Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski of the Trey Anastasio Band, as well as Soulive sax player Sam Kininger. PO BOYZ’s headlining performances have included the Chicken Box in Nantucket, MA; San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room; Harpers Ferry in Boston, as well as a sold out gig with Marco Benevento of the Benevento/Russo Duo. PO BOYZ are currently holding down a weekly Saturday night residency at The Middle East Club in metro Boston, MA.
Reviewing their CD release party at The Middle East, Ziggy Steiner of Boston’s 88.9FM WERS said the PO BOYZ “were both audibly and visibly infectious as the crowd, packed into the venue like sardines in a can, rocked back and forth in sync with the funky country-jamming. By the end of the first song, Po Boyz had the entire audience captivated.”
A recent album review on WERS.org said, “Hollis' spiraling Hammond organ calls for beads to be thrown from windows, which hit the hot asphalt and give way to Mannion's quick and compact drumming… much of the album's up-beat music is given a cool contrast by both Wagley and Hollis' singing. The PO BOYZ can adapt to the styles they're playing as they even out the scales. Country Funk is truly country funk.”
PO BOYZ have been described as "dirty, deliciously gritty Southern funk" as well as “Boston’s funkiest organ trio” by 88.9 WERS FM Radio. PO BOYZ have performed many festivals and shows since their inception in 2005 and have been blessed enough to perform with Karl Denson, George Porter, Trombone Shorty and Sam Kininger from Soulive.
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Boston and Los Angeles based keyboardist, vocalist and composer worked as keyboardist and Hammond Organist for Grammy Award winning and Rock and Roll Hall of fame singer Solomon Burke until his untimely passing in October 2010. Keith has also performed with Joss Stone, Candy Dulfer and members of the Blind Boys of Alabama. Keith has been blessed enough to shared the stage with Santana, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Maceo Parker, Buddy Guy, Joan Baez and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
Keith has also been lucky enough to perform live at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonaroo, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Nontrodden Jazz Festival, Glastonbury Music Festival, Roskilde Music Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, The Hollywood Bowl and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2004.
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Drummer, percussionist, composer and vocalist is a lifelong student of rhythm and drumming. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, cradle of jazz music, Sean began playing music at the age of two, banging on pots and pans at his Grandmother’s house. Encouraged by his mother, a dancer, he began formal training on rudimental snare drum in the 2nd grade. Sean has a broad background in a wide variety of musical styles and traditions including classical, jazz, rock and roll, funk, swing, rhythm and blues, salsa, Balinese, and African music. His teachers include Gary Chaffee, Bob Moses, Thomas Stubbs, Evan Ziporyn and Robert Cogan. Sean has performed with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman to John Zorn in venues around the globe from the Bali Arts Festival to Carnegie Hall.
Kosei (Kose) Yamaguchi, a native of Japan, is a super talented and soulful sax player, composer and arranger who dazzles crowds with his high engery improvisations and intuitive melodies. Kose skills are in high demand as he performs worldwide in a variety of musical settings from New Orleans Funk with the PO BOYZ to brazilian music, jazz, classical, rock and more. Kose won many awards as a member of various New England based groups such as Afrobrazil, Babaloo and Entrain. He has also shared the stage with Huey Lewis and The News, Youssou N’Dur, Milton Nascimento, Martinho da Villa to name a few. Kose holds down the sax duties for the PO BOYZ and performs on all of their local Boston shows and major festival tours.