Valerie Sassyfras opening at Dyson House, Baton Rouge, for Funk Monkey 4/11, 7-7:30pm

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Dyson House at The Zee, 2301 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, La. 70808

New Orleans has a new supergroup and its name tells you upfront what it's all about - Funk Monkey. Their untamed grooves showcase second-line funk, soul, & boogaloo that'll move your feet and feed your soul. In 2013, Bonerama's Greg Hicks and Bert Cotton brought together a few friends willing to commit to building something special, something different than the other popular groups they’ve played with. Greg's powerful trombone and Bert's tasty guitar are complemented by some of the Big Easy's finest - Brad Walker (Sturgill Simpson/ Ana Popavic) on sax, Rik Fletcher (Smilin' Myron) on keyboards, David Pomerleau (Johnny Sketch) on bass, and Eddie Christmas (John Cleary) on drums. What's remarkable is how quickly these guys have moved from sounding like a super-jam mashup to being a tight-knit unit with a sound all their own. Performances at French Quarter Festival, Oak Street PoBoy Festival, Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, Wednesdays @ the Square, Wednesdays on the Point (Algiers), Tipitina's, and weekly residencies at the Blue Nile and the Maple Leaf have definitely helped the process, but their close camaraderie off the stage is also an essential part of their success. In April 2018, Funk Monkey released their first full length CD, "Rollin, Live @ The Leaf" Featuring mostly all original compositions, (along with some rare covers) “Rollin’ Live at the Leaf combines the infectious enthusiasm of the streets with the polished playing of premier musicians​”.- Offbeat Magazine June 2018 Most Recently, Funk Monkey was featured in the Opening Segment of Fox NFL Thursday Night Football in November before the Saints/Cowboys game. During this national broadcast, Funk Monkey provided the Music, and even dusted off their acting chops.

Valerie Sassyfras is a Cabaret Performer that uses dance and videos in her live performance. She has been featured on The Ellen Show, America's Got Talent, MTV's Ridiculousness, and has opened for Portugal.The Man, Chicano Batman, and Tank & The Bangas. Her unique style is fun, fearless, and contagious. "I believe that Mrs. Sass is my wife's spirit animal." - Dwayne Wade

"Her current music is part low-fi pop and part performance art. As a performer she’s absolutely fearless." -Offbeat Magazine (Brett Milano)

"Valerie has captured the eye of a youthful audience. Her trademarked sassiness and the pure joy, quirkiness, energy, and courage she exudes on stage has her playing venues more noted for punk, hip hop, and indie crowds." -Anti-Gravity Magazine (Kevin Barrios)

"Valerie Sassyfras embodies the perfect blend of musical ability and eccentricity. She has decades of studying and performing music under her belt and has delved into just about every genre while mastering the art of the one woman show." -Where Y'at (Kimmie Tubre) Here is a recent video: