“Family FUNKtion and the Sitar Jams is sitar, drums, and bass trio who blend Indian elements with funk, jazz, and jam to create unique psychedelic experiences.”
Family FUNKtion and the Sitar Jams (FFSJ) is the life long excursion of the Padmanabha brothers. The funky duo got their start with funk and rock and later discovered the folk styles of their Indian roots and naturally encompassed the Sitar into their musical creation. The band has been described as ‘spacey, funk, jaxx freakouts!’
FFSJ plays Abilene in Rochester, NY Saturday, November 16th. Show starts at 9:30PM, tickets are $5 for 21+ and $ for 18+. For more information on upcoming shows at Abilene Bar & Lounge please visit them online.
as told on their website…
Born into a family with roots extending from India to Ireland, the Padmanabha Brothers interests in music started at very early ages. In the beginning, the boys started playing basic Western instruments like drum set, bass, and guitar. On these instruments, the brothers created music ranging from punk rock to folk and many places in between.
During their teen years Ravi, Aneal and Naryan began exploring their roots by traveling to India and soon learned the styles of Classical Indian music. Through their travels, they learned to borrow concepts and styles from many world traditions.
Family FUNKtion and the Sitar Jams have performed with and/or shared bills with Max Creek, Rob Wasserman, Toubab Krewe, The Heavy Pets, Consider the Source, Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), and Steve Molitz (Particle). The boys have also recorded with the world renowned North Indian Classical vocalists V.J. Kichlu and South Indian percussionist T.S. Nandakumar. Between the 3 brothers, they appear on over 20 independently released albums.