New funk supergroup KAMANI 2.0 has just embarked on a run of spring tour dates in the Southeast.
The new-look KAMANI lineup features drummer Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), drummer/multi-instrumentalist Robert “Sput” Searight (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy), bassist Matt Lapham (Roosevelt Collier Trio), guitarist Kat Dyson (Prince, The OG’s), and keyboardist Xavier Taplin (Ghost-Note), with Snarky Puppy keyboardist Shaun Martin due to stop by at various dates. The group was initially formed in late 2020 for a brief run of shows featuring Nigel Hall instead of Sput and Taplin.
The KAMANI 2.0 2021 spring tour continues this weekend with performances at Austin, TX’s Antone’s (5/1), Houston, TX’s Last Concert Cafe (5/2), Memphis, TN’s Minglewood Hall (5/4), Jackson, MS’s Martin’s (5/5), Stuart, FL’s Terra Fermata (5/7), Winter Park, FL’s New Standard (5/8), Dunedin, FL’s Dunedin Brewery (5/9), Charleston, SC’s Charleston Pour House (5/11), Jacksonville, FL’s 1904 Music Hall (5/12), Boca Raton, FL’s Crazy Uncle Mike’s (5/13), Jupiter, FL’s Guanabanas (5/14), and Miami, FL’s Oak Garden (5/15).
KAMANI 2.0’s Nikkie Glaspie and Robert “Sput” Searight served as co-hosts of Live For Live Music‘s 2020 virtual music festival Justice Comes Alive. In addition to performances by The Nth Power, Ghost-Note, and more, the event saw Glaspie reunite with Kat Dyson and their all-female band, The OG’s.
As Glaspie explains of playing with Dyson, “She was in New Power Generation and she’s been with Cyndi Lauper for 25 years. She joined the OG’s in 2018. I saw her on TV with Prince when I was a kid and she’s one of my female musical heroes. It’s an honor to share the stage with her. She is funk royalty!!!”
Tickets for the upcoming KAMANI 2.0 tour dates are available via the respective venue websites.
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