The Phunk Sessions will regroup in Denver, CO on Saturday, September 2nd during Phish‘s 2023 Labor Day Weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a dual-room funk summit at Cervantes’ featuring members of GalacticSoulive, The Motet, Lettuce, and more in the Ballroom and DJ Airwolf at the Other Side [ticketing info].

A staple of the Denver music scene and beyond, Live For Live Music‘s The Funk Sessions series has been bringing rotating lineups of musicians together for all-star dance parties for several years. In addition to spreading to New Orleans during the last two editions of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the series has cemented its place as a go-to Dick’s late-night since 2019 with an offshoot dubbed The Phunk Sessions.

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The lineup for the fourth annual installment of The Phunk Sessions features Eric Krasno (guitar, vocals; Soulive, Krasno/Moore Project), Stanton Moore (drums; Galactic, Krasno/Moore Project), Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet; Lettuce), Wil Blades (keyboards; Eric Krasno & The Assembly), and Drew Sayers (saxophone; The Motet) along with other surprise guests.

The members of the lineup are all well-acquainted, with interconnected creative relationships dating back decades. Krasno and Moore’s quarter-century connection recently blossomed into the Krasno/Moore Project, which just released its debut album, Book of Queens, an organ trio tribute to towering female musicians including Amy WinehouseNina SimoneH.E.R.Kacey Musgraves, and more. Bloom, the trumpeter for Grammy-nominated funk outfit Lettuce, spent years collaborating with Krasno during his tenure with the group, which he co-founded back in 1992.

San Francisco organ wizard Wil Blades has been a secret weapon for various Krasno and Moore projects through the years, most recently as the organist for Eric Krasno & The Assembly. Meanwhile, Blades and Bloom have recorded and toured together as part of the Adam Deitch Quartet and various other outfits. Denver local Drew Sayers, a veteran participant in The Funk Sessions, has collaborated with his Phunk Sessions at Cervantes’ and shared bills with them around the country as a member of The Motet.

Even beyond the billed musicians, The Phunk Sessions has been known to attract exciting guests on the fly. Get excited for the 2023 edition of The Phunk Sessions by revisiting Phish bassist Mike Gordon‘s 2019 sit-in on a cover of Little Feat‘s “Spanish Moon”.

The Phunk Sessions ft. Mike Gordon (Phish) – “Spanish Moon” [Little Feat cover, Pro-Shot]

Pre-sale tickets for the Saturday, September 2nd dual-room Phish Dick’s after-party featuring The Phunk Sessions and DJ Airwolf go on sale beginning Wednesday, June 14th at 11:00 a.m. MT using the password “DICKS”. Remaining tickets will become available to the general public beginning Friday, June 16th at 11:00 a.m. Ticket-holders will be able to move freely between the DJ Airwolf show in the Other Side and The Phunk Sessions in the Ballroom.

Find complete ticketing details for The Phunk Sessions 2023 here. For information about all of Live For Live Music and Cervantes’ 2023 Phish Dick’s late-night shows, head here.