The Funky Knuckles, The Knucks, Wes Stephenson, Caleb Sean McCampbell, Cedric Moore, Phill Aelony, Ben Bohorquez, Evan Weiss

the funky knuckles

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The inevitable result of a talent-soaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together six years and have held a weekly residency since the beginning. The band is comprised of sidemen from some of the most respected acts in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, P. Diddy, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possesses a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects.


The Funky Knuckles move together musically as a school of fish, never complacent and always stretching the boundaries of improvisation and composition. Whether performing original music or standards, they draw from each member’s musical experiences to create their unique genre-bending sound. After the release of their debut album on GroundUP Music, As of Lately, The Knuckles added a full-time horn section and began touring nationally.


Meta-Musica (also on GroundUP), climbed the iTunes Jazz Charts to become the #1 selling record in the United States the day it was released.



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January 2014

Meta-Musica is #1 on the iTunes jazz charts!






















The new record Meta-Musica is finally here, and will be available on itunes and bandcamp on 1-21-14! Also we will be doing a short tour of some of our favorite places starting after our CD release show at the Free Man Cafe in Dallas on January 27th.












November 2013

Our record is done and will be available late December or January!


September 2013

The Funky Knuckles/Progress tour was amazing! We played for great crowds in every city we went to and are planning to go back in early next year.













June 2013

The Funky Knuckles Just finished two 14 hour days in the studio and did most of the tracking for our new record! The band sounds tighter than ever and the compositions have reached a new level. Should be ready for y'all to hear sometime in August 2013!






















April 2013

This month The Funky Knuckles will be doing a short tour of the south with our friends Snarky Puppy.














March 2013

Starting this month The Funky Knuckles will be playing every Monday at the Freeman Cajun cafe in Dallas. Come hang with us and eat some of the best Cajun Food in Dallas. Music starts around 10pm and goes til 2am!

Check out our friends Snarky Puppy, and the other great bands on the Ropeadope and groundUP labels.

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