Posted At: October 7, 2013 2:30 p.m.
by Jacquie McMahon
Standing in the crowd as five college students open for Dispatch and Wiz Khalifa, you might wonder how that happened.
But if you know Mother Funk’s lead singer Josh Ferrell, you’re not even surprised.
Ferrell instantly becomes best friends with anyone he holds a conversation with, fans and talent recruiters alike. His charismatic personality has become better public relations than a band could buy.
A self-declared “funkadelic jam band,” Mother Funk has played shows like the one with Dispatch and Wiz, as well as the VIP tent of a Widespread Panic show. Musical talent coupled with the friendliest group of guys you’ll ever meet keeps the band booked on most weekends.
“The camaraderie with the guys in the band is one of the best parts,” Ferrell said. “But nothing is as fulfilling as sitting down trying to write new music and hours later realizing you’ve written a pretty cool song.”
Ferrell isn’t the only one who enjoys the music. During the break of a Mother Funk performance this summer, a young couple asked the band to play at their wedding despite no immediate plans for marriage. Clearly, between networking, branding and jams, these guys are doing something right.
Mother Funk hands out and mails stickers across the country depicting Jarvis, a cartoon figure that has become an icon for the band. They only ask one thing: “Where’s Jarvis?” He’s already been to Niagara Falls and the John Lennon Wall in Prague, and he’s all over the band’s Instagram.
Yesterday, the members of Mother Funk made their first radio appearance on 90.7 The Capstone. They played four original songs and answered questions to increase awareness for a benefit show next week, sponsored by 90.7 and Platform Magazine. Mother Funk and fellow local band The Doctors and The Lawyers will join forces on Oct. 17 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The funkadelic group looks forward to the local show, but the members also enjoy performing on the road. They spent the weekend in Auburn, Ala., playing late nights and early mornings. They somehow find time for traveling across the Southeast in between test weeks and job interviews, and they love every minute of it.
The real question is, where’s Jarvis going next?