Brian Culbertson to celebrate love with a colorful bouquet of romantic music on Valentine’s Day
The jazz-R&B keyboardist will release the intimate “Colors of Love” single and album that will be supported by an extensive spring concert tour. A bonus track is available for Indiegogo supporters.
LOS ANGELES (7 November 2017): They met for the first time when they were music majors at DePaul University. Flash forward, Michelle and Brian Culbertson celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary last month. With love, romance and his wife serving as his motivation, the soulful contemporary jazz hit-maker started writing material earlier this year inspired by the occasion, crafting thirteen new songs that will be released as “Colors of Love,” his eighteenth album, on Valentine’s Day on the BCM Entertainment label. The seduction begins early next month when the amorous title track, a sensual R&B groove illuminated by Culbertson’s lyrical acoustic piano melodies typical of the collection’s contents, ships to radio. A nearly three-month-long U.S. concert tour will bring the “Colors of Love” to life in a vivid theatrical production with the itinerary being revealed December 1.
Culbertson is thriving creatively on this, his third independent album funded by an Indiegogo campaign (http://bit.ly/2wr3kt9), which closes this Thursday and offers unique opportunities and exclusive perks including a bonus track. Having spent the majority of his career on a major label, the freedom to follow his creative muse is readily apparent on “Colors of Love,” a complete contrast to last year’s “Funk!” set, which was a lively, full-band funk/R&B workout that features a number of vocal cuts. He describes “Colors of Love” as “purposely electronic, using very modern sounds and production” with his acoustic piano serving as the singular lead voice throughout the intimate date. The quiet and contemplative tracks are textured atmospherics and gentle R&B grooves - soothing beds for Culbertson’s melodic piano expressions of ardor.
Sharing the recording process via Facebook live, Culbertson polled his audience and they voted that “Colors of Love” be instrumental only. He took it a step further and for the first time in his career that to date has racked up 30 No. 1 Billboard singles as an artist, producer and/or songwriter, he refrained from using saxophone or guitar as lead instruments - only his poetic piano.
“The music on ‘Colors of Love’ explores all aspects of what love is. It’s a deep word that says a lot of things. There’s passionate love, love at first sight, longing love, lost love. Each color represents a different type of love. There are heart-wrenching songs, cuddly love - all kinds of different love songs,” said Culbertson, who played all of the instruments on the new record except for rhythm guitar (Isaiah Sharkey) and accordion (Peter White).
“I’ve been playing ‘Through the Years’ from the new album in my set since the Berks Jazz Fest last April. The response has been very emotional. Clearly this music touches a nerve – or the heart to be more exact.”
Culbertson is already at work on how he will present “Colors of Love” live during the U.S. concert trek that runs March 28 through June 17 with tickets going on sale December 8. He’s planning to incorporate a video element in a major way.
“It’s going to be a very theatrical presentation with video images and lighting timed to the music. This music is visual and cinematic thus the show needs to be visual to complement the experience. It’s going to be larger than life when you see it live.”
“Colors of Love” contains the following songs:
“I Want You”
“Colors of Love”
“Through the Years”
“In A Dream”
“In Your Embrace”
“All My Heart”
A bonus track will be available exclusively for Indiegogo supporters.
As many of you know, over the past few days there have been devastating fires throughout California’s wine country. Myself and our team have been in touch with many of our friends in Napa Valley, and thankfully everyone is ok at this time. However, there has already been an incredible amount of damage done including hundreds of lost homes, schools, businesses, wineries, and vineyards.
We want to help the relief efforts and send money as fast as possible to the people who need it the most; those that have lost everything. So in response to these catastrophic fires, we have set up our own GoFundMe page in which all monies will be transferred to our preferred charity in the area, The Napa Valley Community Foundation .
The NVCF was initially setup after the earthquake in 2014 and has taken the lead on relief efforts so far in Napa. According to their spokesperson, “The Foundation will distribute immediate response grants to a targeted list of local non-profits that were pre-approved to receive such grants following the 2014 earthquake. Grants will focus on organizations providing services such as medical care, counseling, temporary shelter and meals to the individuals and families affected by the fire.”
I urge you to help our friends in need and give what you can. Even if everyone on my Facebook page, Twitter feed, and email lists just gave $5, we could raise over a million dollars. And if you’re fortunate to be able to give more, there is certainly no limit. The NVCF is a 501c3 non-profit so any money you donate is tax deductible.
Our hearts are heavy and hope that the fires can be contained soon.
Thank you in advance for your help,
Founder & Artistic Director,
Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
Brian just launched a new Indiegogo Campaign in support of his upcoming Colors of Love CD, due out on Valentine's Day 2018! Learn More:
Brian was on "Chicago Tonight" last night promoting the new Dedry Jones TV show that BC & Band were featured on. Here's the interview:
We're excited to announce that Brian will be the very first featured artist on "The Experience with Dedry Jones," a new TV Show on Chicago's PBS station, WTTW. The program will air on Thursday, July 13th at 10pm CT. After it airs, it will be available to watch online via their website (details to be announce).
July 13th, 10pm CT >>
Brian Culbertson's 6th Annual wine & jazz festival is this Wednesday, June 7th through Sunday, June 11th!! Some tickets are still available so check out www.jazzgetaway.com for more information and to get your tickets today.
Artists performing include: Peabo Bryson, Marcus Miller, Candy Dulfer, The Whispers, Peter White, Euge Groove, Keiko Matsui, Regina Belle, Pieces of a Dream, Paul Jackson Jr., Eric Darius, Morgan James, Eric Marienthal, Lindsey Webster, Marcus Anderson, Nicholas Cole, Julian Vaughn, Adam Hawley, Marqueal Jordan, Cecil Ramirez, Curtis Brooks, Chase Huna, DJ's The World Famous Rick & Russ Show feat. CJ Flash plus several performances by Brian Culbertson and his band!!
The first video has just been released from Brian's Funk! Tour that was filmed in Las Vegas!!
Chance Howard - Lead Vocals
Marqueal Jordan - Sax/Vocals
Patches Stewart - Trumpet
Tyrone Chase - Guitar
Eddie Miller - Keys/Vocals
Mike Harrington - Bass
Chris Miskel - Drums
Brian has just started work on a new 'romantic' themed album which will be released on Valentine's Day 2018. He previewed a few of the new song ideas on a recent Facebook LIVE post. Check it out here!
Funk! is officially released and available everywhere digitally and via Amazon, my website and on tour for the physical CD. I've also released a 'Lossless' Audio version on my website for those of you audiophiles! Enjoy :) BC
This Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30pm PT, we're streaming the Funk! Tour Dress Rehearsal to the world via www.alerttheglobe.com!! Be sure to go to their website and get your groove on this Tuesday night!!
ALERT THE GLOBE is a digital streaming service that is bringing in 4 HD video cameras with great sound coming off of our Roland mixing boards. It's gonna be awesome to tune in.
Pre-order Funk! CD, Bobble Head Doll, The Funk! Book, and Vinyl today! We'll start shipping everything September 12th so you'll receive it well before the official release date of Sept 30th. The digital album will be available for pre-order on iTunes and Google Play starting Monday, Aug 22nd.
Weds., June 1, 2016
I'm giving you the chance to use special offer code "FUNKTOUR" to get access to some of the best seats in the house before the general public can purchase this Friday!
I wrote what I think is a really helpful FAQ on how to buy tickets during the pre-sale. Please read it below.
In building out this tour, I wanted the chance to be able to offer my fans the best possible seats with the lowest ticketing fee pricing. I learned a lot about ticketing through the process and felt like I should put together a basic FAQ of getting tickets through the FUNK! Tour Pre-sale.
I've never done a tour like this before, so I wanted to make sure my fans have the most information to make the best decision about what shows to attend.
I'll apologize in advance for the wordiness, but more information is better than less information in this case. :)
How can I get tickets before the general public?
To offer fans direct access to great seats and do so at a lower ticket pricing, I decided to work with Applauze.
Applauze is a third party fan services company that has worked with a ton of major artists and events. I like their philosophy of working with promoters to keep pesky ticketing fees down, as well as the data and information I'm able to access to better know where fans want to see me play.
You can access all pre-sale links on BrianCulbertson.com/Tour which is being powered by Applauze. The code is "FUNKTOUR".
Will every show have a pre-sale?
There are some shows that are already on-sale, and there are some shows that simply won't have a pre-sale and will go on-sale on Friday.
My managers and agents work with promoters to get access to tickets that are sold on Applauze. So, for many dates the pre-sale links you're seeing will be sold on an Applauze page.
Some promoters don't allow me to sell tickets on Applauze, and in those cases, we've done our best to work with them to have a pre-sale code through their website. In the links below, I've noted which is which so you won't get confused.
Can I pick my own seats during the pre-sale?
In most cases, no. If you're buying tickets on Applauze (and many other ticketing sites), you won't be able to select seats. It will be "Best Seat Available" mode. The technology just has not come that far yet -- maybe that will be something they add in the future.
Are you offering some sort of VIP experience?
I'll be offering VIPs as an Add-On, including a meet-and-greet, photo, an exclusive show poster, and the performance of a song you won't hear in the set!
The experience is sold as an Add-On, which is exactly what it sounds like: you'll need to purchase a ticket and then purchase a VIP-Add for the show. It would be 2 separate transactions.
The following shows won't have VIP Add-Ons sold through Applauze:
1. In general, any "late" or "second show". If I'm playing two shows a night, there's just not enough time to turn the house and for me to put on a proper VIP Event. So for Denver, CO, Pittsburgh, PA, Boston, MA, or Minneapolis, MN, if you want VIP, buy the early show!
2. All Seattle, WA - Jazz Alley shows
3. Las Vegas, NV - Aliante Casino -- however, the casino has select VIP Offerings
4. Newport, CA - Hyatt Newporter
5. Temecula, CA - Thornton Winery
... and I think that's it! Check out all dates HERE, and click on the link to access tickets.
Thanks for your continued support of the Funk!
See you on the road,
Culbertson readying to take “Funk!” to the stage
“Been Around The World” to precede new album and extensive concert tour
Los Angeles, Calif. (25 May 2016): Message to funk received from the Mothership: hit-maker Brian Culbertson is in the studio conspiring with his cosmic group of musical soul brothers on his second funk collection, “Funk!,” which will be released September 16 on his BCM Entertainment label. Less than a week after his seventeenth album streets, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist will launch a coast-to-coast concert tour on a scale unlike any trek ever mounted by the vivacious showman who will be flanked by the same band showcased on the album. To help set the stage for the 11-song set plus three playful interlude sketches, all produced by Culbertson, radio stations will be serviced “Been Around The World” in early July.
Those who have caught a Culbertson show over the last year might have had a premonition that the R&B-jazzman was about to again morph into an emissary of funk, a mission that began with his 2008 recording “Bringing Back The Funk,” which he co-produced with the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire and featured legendary funksters Bootsy Collins and Larry Graham. His set list at recent gigs included a pair of funk classics, “Got To Give It Up” and “Play That Funky Music,” which made it onto the new album. The Chicago-bred musician who plays piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, clavinet, Hammond B3 organ, synths, trombone, bass, drums, percussion and sings on the entire record wrote or co-wrote nine new songs for “Funk!” that showcases his live band – Marqueal Jordan (vocals & sax), Tyrone Chase (guitars), Eddie Miller (keyboards, organ & vocals), Rodney Jones, Jr. (bass, guitar & vocals), Chris Miskel (drums) and Michael Stever (trumpeter & horn arrangements) along with Chance Howard, a nasty R&B keyboardist, bassist and vocalist who has toured and recorded with fellow Minnesota native Prince. Noted trumpeter Patches Stewart will replace Stever for the Funk! Tour.
Next month, Howard will join Culbertson on stage to premiere a few choice cuts from “Funk!,” including the first single, at Culbertson’s fifth anniversary Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, a wine and jazz lifestyle experience in the heart of California Wine Country taking place June 8-12.
“The concept for ‘Funk!’ was to make an old-school, throwback funkadelic record in the style of P-Funk meets Prince and to tour with the same band that appears on the album - my band plus Chance (Howard). We finished tracking and are mixing this week. The show we will be taking out on the road is unlike anything anyone has ever seen from me before. It’s on an entirely different level. Yes, we’re taking it there! I’m also very excited about capturing the magic by shooting a Blu-ray to be taped on tour this fall,” said Culbertson, who as an imaginative and trend-setting artist, producer and songwriter has architected 28 Billboard No. 1 singles along with a library of chart-topping albums dating back to 1994 when he landed a multi-album record deal while still a music major at DePaul University.
Once again, Culbertson has opened the doors to the recording studio by posting a series of video blogs from the “Funk!” sessions on his website (http://www.brianculbertson.com/funk) as well as engaging his followers through Facebook Live. And like his most recent studio release, he’s offering fans the opportunity to get involved with the process by launching an Indiegogo campaign (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brian-culbertson-s-funk--2#/) that provides a menu of unique options, including VIP concert tickets, tickets for the Blu-ray filming, autographed CD, limited edition vinyl album, a private personalized video message, sheet music and a bobble head Funk! doll.
Fan Club tickets go on sale for the Funk! Tour beginning June 1, May 31st for Indiegogo supporters and June 3rd to the General Public.
The songs that comprise “Funk!” are:
“Been Around The World”
“Take It Up”
“Let’s Take A Ride”
“We Got What You Want”
“Damn, I’m Hungry” (interlude)
“Got To Give It Up”
“Play That Funky Music”
“Spend A Little Time”
“To Be Continued…” (interlude)
The Funk! Tour itinerary is listed HERE (additional dates will be added):
Brian just launched an Indiegogo Campaign so that you can be a part of the making of the new Funk! record. There are tons of cool ways to get involved and we hope you check it out to help spread some Funk! around the world!!
Brian Culbertson is going into the studio this spring to record "Funk!" The album is set to be released in September 2016 and will be followed up with an extensive fall tour. Watch the making of the whole album during the video blog series (April-August) and help contribute to the Indiegogo Campaign for this record starting in May. Stay tuned to www.brianculbertson.com/funk for all the latest!