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The No Name Band Funks Up Shantel Lounge Weekly

Big up ArtOfficial, Mayday!, Dangerflow, Xperimento, Sounduo, Locos Por Juana, Lanzallamas, and all the other great funk influenced bands in Miami right now.

But if they (or you) are ever looking for inspiration and the chance to sit in with some of the best musicians in the MIA, then check out The No Name Band, a nine-man soul machine with more chops than a Hialeah cleaver.

This is the house band at Shantel Lounge, down the street from Churchill's Pub. And they are the funk.

Every week, the Shantel (which New Times has recognized with Best Of Miami awards for Open Mic and Chicken) hosts the band for two sets of soul, rhythm 'n' blues, rock, and funk, including covers ranging from Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" to "Play That Funky Music."

The rhythm is lock tight, the improvisation is visceral, and the crowd interaction is strong.  They put on a hell of a show. But until this post (although they have been around in some form or other since the '90s), the Band With No Name didn't exist on the internet. So if you wanna hear em', you gotta see em' live. Here are some pictures from yesterday.

Fuck autotune, the guitar talk box is the shiiiiit.
Fuck autotune, the guitar talk box is the shiiiiit.
Keith -- Miami bass.
Keith -- Miami bass.
Make it funky now.
Make it funky now.
Demp on sax
Demp on sax
Willy on trumpet.
Willy on trumpet.

 

Ready to boogie.
Ready to boogie.
Jimmy the Barman.
Jimmy the Barman.
Chef of the best BBQ chicken in Dade County.
Chef of the best BBQ chicken in Dade County.
Mr E (AKA Everett Strachan) on lead vocals
Mr E (AKA Everett Strachan) on lead vocals
Nate on drums
Nate on drums

 

Tony on percussion.
Tony on percussion.
Dancin' up a storm.
Dancin' up a storm.

University of Miami student Carmen Rodriguez (above, left) says, "It's amazing. I love it. I've never been here before. But I'm definitely coming back. I'm gonna bring my daddy here to jam to it."

Sunday at the club.
Sunday at the club.
Darrel on guitar.
Darrel on guitar.
Mz. Chocolate.
Mz. Chocolate.

 

The Dance.
The Dance.
Get comfortabler.
Get comfortabler.
Feelin' it.
Feelin' it.
UT on keys.
UT on keys.
Big Teddy on guitar
Big Teddy on guitar

 

Bahama Mama.
Bahama Mama.
Demp played sax on Bob Marley's "Buffalo Soldier."
Demp played sax on Bob Marley's "Buffalo Soldier."
NW Seventh Avenue.
NW Seventh Avenue.
A friendly place to drink.
A friendly place to drink.
Dont fuck with the bouncer.
Dont fuck with the bouncer.
Coley and Mary Jo, owners of the Shantel Lounge.
Coley and Mary Jo, owners of the Shantel Lounge.

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