Dr. Slothclaw w/ Nik Greeley & The Operators
May 11, 2017 · 8:30pm
If P-Funk and Zappa had a lovechild, it would be Dr. Slothclaw. The PA-based freak funk phenom has been blowing up the live music scene with their funky mix of blues, psychedelic and jam since 2006. While the band points to such bands as Turkuaz, Lettuce, Pink Floyd, and Primus as inspiration for their cross-genre sound, they find their home in the traditions of funk and blues. Balancing surprising improvisations with memorable melodies, the band’s music features an eclectic range of sounds and influences, including world percussion, synth leads, exploratory soundscapes, bass breakdowns, and spot-on vocal harmonies. Known for their high energy shows and catchy, inventive lyrics, a Dr. Slothclaw show will not only inspire you to join-in on their legendary mass-audience sing-alongs, but will leave you pumping with adrenaline.
Awarded both “Indie Jam Band of the Year” (2012) and “Indie Funk Band of the Year” (2014) by
the Tri-State Indie organization out of Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Slothclaw was recently named one of Philly’s top 10 funk acts. On festival stages and in clubs alike, the band has shared the stage with a slew of big name acts, including: Dumpstaphunk, Zach Deputy, Twiddle, The McLovins, Ozric Tentacles (UK), Turkuaz, Cornmeal, Papa Mali, Golden Gate Wingmen, Mark Karan, Cabinet, Keller Williams, Kung-Fu, The Heavy Pets, Mickey Hart Band, Particle, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Pimps of Joytime, Project Object, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Consider the Source, Dangermuffin, Rubblebucket, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Recipe, Ekoostik Hookah, to name a few.
With two previously self-released albums under their belt, including “What’s That Buzzing Noise?” (2012), “Big Mother Nasty” (2015), Dr. Slothclaw recently released their third album,
“Deep Space Boogie,” on August 25, 2016. Partially funded by fans through a Go-Fund Me campaign, “Deep Space Boogie” was recorded at Assorted Studios in York, PA in February of 2016. Capturing the energy of the band’s fun and entertaining live shows, “Deep Space Boogie”
feels like a groovy, psychedelic dance party flying through deep space, with a couple weird pit
stops along the way. While the title track is a play on classic P-Funk ideology, songs like “Gone
Gold” highlight the bluesier side of the band’s sound. “Deep Space Boogie” also features songs like “Spaghetti Man” and “Half Pint,” whose lyrics play on the funny and somewhat absurd side of love and attraction. With sometimes off the wall lyrics and an eclectic mix of musical styles,
“Deep Space Boogie” truly delivers something different that will get you moving. Characterized by a highly contagious love of playing together, Dr. Slothclaw shows keeps fans dancing all night long, engaging the audience in the funky party they’re having on stage. The members of the 5 piece funk powerhouse, including Adam Golihew (guitar/keys/vocals), Dylan
Kreiger (guitar/vocals), Garry Slick (bass), Joshua Stoner (drums) and Brett Noel
(percussion/vocals), always do their own thing, never failing to deliver a rousing good time.
With the philosophy that “we are all freaks, we are all funky,” you can bet that a night with the
Doctor will be unforgettable.
Indie Jam Band of the Year – 2012 Tri-State Indie (Philly, Pa)
Indie Funk Band of the Year – 2014 Tri-State Indie (Philly, Pa)
Nik Greeley & The Operators
Nik Greeley is known for being arguably the best frontman & performer in Philadelphia, and just in the last few years has established himself as one of the most entertaining & hard working musicians in the area, often being compared to the likes of James Brown, Joe Cocker, and Jim Morrison. Greeley released his solo debut EP Town Gypsy in Spring 2015, and has performed live sessions & received airplay on radio stations such as Radio 104.5, 88.5 WXPN, 93.3 WMMR, 93.7 WSTW and 95.9 WRAT. Greeley is also a member & singer in Philly funk band, Swift Technique, where he shares lead vocal duties with his female counter-part, Chelsea ViaCava. Members of ST also perform in The Operators, including Greg Rosen and Ian Gray.
The Operators is a collective of some of the finest musicians in Philly and who all happen to be friends, too. It includes producer/drummer Joe Baldacci, bassist, Kenny Shumski, and members of prog-fusion juggernauts, Out of The Beardspace, Zach LoPresti (Lead Guitar) & Sam Gutman (Keyboards). The operators horn section is Greg Rosen on trumpet, Ian Gray on trombone (both members of Swift Technique), and Jason O’Mara on saxophone.
Greeley has had the pleasure of opening for respected artists such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Gene Ween (Ween) Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Shuggie Otis, Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads) Fishbone, Moon Hooch, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Rusted Root and many more. NG & The Operators is looking to continue their success into 2016 and beyond.
“The band’s energetic live performances include a diverse spectrum of rhythm, blues, jazz, and extreme levels of funk, and is one of the most infectious live music experiences you’ll have. Greeley’s voice can be felt from around the block, and his full brass section will fill any room with contagiously electrifying vibes.”
– Kendall Deflin, Live For Live Music
“Greeley – the ultimate showman – growls, pumps his fist and slides to his knees, where he arches his back and pleadingly wails before the girls sitting on the tapestry table. He frantically emotes for one more song, seemingly burning through all of his energy and passion, and then retreats to the back of the courtyard and his beer.”
– George Miller, Jump Magazine