2018's Head Liner
Stone City Band
The Stone City Band is a very special band for the Bay Area beginning in the late 70's. Their roots are deep and a big part of the musical history and shaping sound of the Bay. For decades Rick James and The Stone City Band had a string of #1 records from San Francisco to San Jose. The Stone City Band with Rick James used to come the Bay every year with hit after hit. But when we lost Rick James all that changed in so many of our lives. It's been over 7 years since Bad Boys of Funk been back to the Bay Area...but now it's time. When asked if they could help Beats for Hope raise money for Make A Wish Greater Bay Area, they said didn't hesitate, they would be honored to. So get ready Bay Area for one of the greatest funk bands in the world....They are coming back to California on September 2, 2018 to the Saddle Rack in Fremont to join the Superstar Djs and make a difference.
Grammy and American Music Award Winning...Platinum and Gold Record Producing...Considered by many of their peers, as being one of the greatest live performing Funk/Rock Bands to ever hit a stage! An adrenaline rush of pure unabashed raw energy!! The Stone City Band is ready to "Fire Up That Funk!!"
Formed in 1978, by The King of Punk Funk, Rick James. The 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 to 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 Mary Jane Girls, The Temptations, Eddie Murphy, Smokey Robinson, New Edition and Bobby Brown just to name a few.
Their 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 Shows, Saturday Night Live, Dick Clark's Rockin New Years Eve, and countless 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' Stone City Band. Pulsating bass lines and irresistible rhythms!!
The Stone City Band is made up of original Motown and Gordy recording producing and touring musicians Lanise Hughes, Tom McDermott and Nate Guido Hughes.