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The Original Stone City Band

Artist Information: "The Bad Boys Of Funk"
* Original Member of The Stone City Band


Grammy and American Music Award Winning...Platinum and Gold Record Producing... Formed in 1978, by The King of Punk Funk, Rick James, The Original Stone City Band served as Rick's exclusive recording and touring band from the beginning and through the height of his career. They were responsible for cranking out the memorable sounds of timeless hits such as "You and I", Super Freak", Mary Jane", Bustin' Out', Ghetto Life", "Fire and Desire", The Temptations' Standing on the Top", The Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long", "Boys", "In My House" and many, many more.

This legendary band not only have released their own albums under Motown's Gordy Label, but for more than two decades, have provided the sounds that have been heard on recordings and tours with Rick James, MC Hammer, Teena Marie. The Temptations, Eddie Murphy, The Mary Jane Girls, Smokey Robinson, New Edition and Bobby Brown just to name a few.

The musical performances can be seen on the Grammy's, The American Music and Soul Train Awards, as well as appearances on the Arsenio Hall, Tonight with Jay Leno and Lopez Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Dick Clark's Rockin New Years Eve, and many more . Countless samplings are used by many of today's Hip Hop artists. On any given day, you can watch a TV commercial or listen to your Radio and you will hear that distinctive signature sound of Rick James' Original Stone City Band....Pulsating bass lines and irresistible rhythms!!

Considered by many of their peers, as being on of the greatest live performing Funk/Rock Bands to ever hit a stage!...An adrenaline rush of pure unabashed raw energy!! The Original Stone City Band is ready to "Fire Up That Funk!!" With a special tribute to the late singer/songwriter Teena Marie. So your actually getting two shows for the price of one.

Original Stone City Band has appeared on an UnSung episode to talk about life on the road with Rick James.

Press Reviews:

Long Beach Funk Fest

The Original Stone City Band took the main stage next and taking no prisoners. With their lead singer from Youngstown, Oh who resembles the late Rick James down to the braids and mustache, The Buffalo, NY crew performed Punk Funk classics "Give It To Me Baby," Mary Jane," "You and I," and a ballsy "Fire & Desire" which had a comical crowd interaction as the singer searched for a female to serenade. The female vocal of this song was left undone and this anthem was performed with much respect to those that came before it. The lead singer (Randall) "pulled it off" and this energy flowed right into the closing hit "Super Freak." Though it was early (afternoon) The Original Stone City Band tore it up and left the crowd screaming as a nice little message to the headliner.

Stone City Rocks The Sphere
The Challenger

Last week, Rick James' Original Stone City Band turned out the Sphere Entertainment Complex for two awesome shows. No easy feat for Buffalo's tough audiences, especially given the fact that these seasoned entertainers all hail from the "Nickel City". The second show was standing room only, and even those with seats found themselves on their feet as the band rocked the house with hit after hit. It was a great tribute to the "King of Punk Funk", the late Rick James.

It was an even greater testament to the power and professionalism of the incredibly talented men who backed him at the height of his career! The entire band was tight and complimented by background singers and the Punk Funk Horns, as they performed a near flawless set

The verdict was in on Stone City, and it was unanimous. From "Ghetto Life" to "Fire and Desire", and the all time hit "Super Freak", Rick James' Original Stone City Band held it down. Rick would have been proud. The Boys are back…Long Live The Funk! - A.B.