Drfunkenberry.com
24May
2013
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#FlashbackFriday Nikka Costa “Like A Feather”

Nikka Costa Promo Photo

Our #flashbackfriday jam is "Like A Feather" by Nikka Costa!

We had to use this funky version from the Chris Rock show. Check out them shades!

Miss U Nikka! Much Love.-DocFB

Diagnosis: Soul clap.....

17May
2012
0

Review: Nikka Costa Shines At Luckman As She Heads Out On Tour

Nikka Costa  Photo: Roger Erickson
Nikka Costa Photo: Roger Erickson

Nikka Costa Photo: Roger Erickson

You know those shows that days later, while you are lying down or doing something, is still on your mind? Nikka Costa at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex was one of those concerts.

Nikka and her band, which included everyone in the house, put on one heck of a funky show from the starting line of "Dance To The Music" a Sly & The Family Stone cover, and did not stop for about 90 minutes.

She wants you standing for the full show and trust me, you do not want to be caught by her sitting down, unless you want to be called out, or brought on stage to show how unfunky you can be.

Performing rare material from her own song collection and also a lot of material from "Pebble To A Pearl" Nikka does not know the word quit.  Nikka is one of the great live acts out there.  I sometimes feel she is like my little secret that people just do not have the common sense to check out.

The Luckman Fine Arts Center had incredible sound so to be able to check Nikka out there was a great treat.  Sometimes with acts that you live, you get a great visual but horrible sound, or vice versa.  With Luckman's you got it all.

Nikka is about to go on the road again and I CANNOT stress enough how you have to check her out.  She is going to be hitting up MA, NYC, PA, NJ, DC and MD between now and the end of May.

For full tour dates, go HERE.-DocFB

1May
2012
0

Nikka Costa Leads With Her Chin With Black Keys Cover “Lonely Girls”


Nikka Costa returned to Nikka's box to cover "Lonely Girls" a Black Keys cover with Lucy Woodward.

Even upside down, Nikka rocks! it is funny, it is hot, and we want it for download dang-it!

To get things like this in your box, make sure to subscribe to Nikka's Box on youtube!-DocFB

19Apr
2012
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Video: Little Nikka Rocks The Box; New Tour Dates


Nikka Costa is going through submissions in her box with a contest that she called "Wanna Rock The Box" and she had to share one of the submissions on her box this week.

It is quite cool and cute. Little Nikka sure is rocking it!

We wonder who Nikka will choose to rock her box with her.  The contest ended on April 5th and there should be a winner sometime next week.

Nikka will be on tour in the month of May hitting up Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, DC, MD, PA, and Ma.

For tour dates and tickets, click HERE!!!!

Make sure to check Nikka out if she is playing in your city.  One of the best live acts out there.-DocFB

4Apr
2012
17

The NPG’s Elisa Fiorillo-Dease Featured In New Issue Of Daeida

Elisa Fiorillo-Dease Photo: Daeida
Elisa Fiorillo-Dease Photo: Daeida

Elisa Fiorillo-Dease Photo: Daeida

Elisa Fiorillo-Dease is featured in the new issue of Daeida, music-based magazine in Los Angeles.  The interview covers her entire career, personal issues, and Prince.

Elisa talks about being produced by Jellybean in 1997 and recording her sophomore album with David Z. at Prince's Paisley Park studios.  For months, she did not run into the music icon, then, one day, he was behind the board listening to her music, but not believing it was her.

Elisa Fiorillo-Dease & Richard Hallmarq File Photo

Elisa Fiorillo-Dease & Richard Hallmarq File Photo

Prince had Elisa sing on the spot and she blew him away.  She then sang on the "Partyman" remix and the track "Love Machine" with The Time.  Elisa talks about punching Prince in the arm with excitement and he would ask her to stop.  Yet the italian in her would start doing it minutes later.

The 10 page interview is very interesting with talking about the hardships of the music business, personal issues, her marriage, and working with Prince again 20's years ago.  Although working with Prince on only one album, she did consider herself to actually be a protegé of his, even though she did hate that word.

Elisa Fiorillo-Dease File Photo

Elisa Fiorillo-Dease File Photo

We loved seeing Elisa at the L.A. run last year, performing, talking with her after the shows, and even at those late night jam sessions at Prince's house.  Seeing her, Prince, and Nikka Costa was quite the funky experience, and we can totally understand her being late to the interview because of it.

You can check out the entire article on Elisa right HERE and there are some AMAZING shots of her along with the interview.   Also, make sure to check out Elisa's official web site www.elisafiorillo.com

Elisa wanted to add this to Drfunkenberry.com:

 "I'm working on a new petal to drop from my Little Flower website on May 19, 2012. The song is a jazzy/pop-Sade/Basia-type song called "Share It With You" that I wrote and co-produced with Jazz trumpeter Tony Guerrero.

I am currently in the process of shooting the video (styled by clothing designer Richard Hallmarq and directed by Adrian Soto -both the song and video will be released on May 19th, 2012. (My ten year wedding anniversary:o)

We think it is pretty safe to say that Elisa is "On The Way Up" 21 years later.-DocFB

9Mar
2012
14

Drfunkenberry.com: 8 Million Page Views & 25,000 Comments Later: Announcing A Change In Direction

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Hello everyone. Sometime last week, Drfunkenberry.com hit over 8 million page views and has now over 25,000 comments posted. All of this could not be done without you.

I really want to thank everyone and anyone who has been to this site.  It means a lot to me.  The site's success is because of you.

I left my job last April to do the site full-time in order to be able to attend events for exclusive videos and photos, conduct interviews, along with day-to-day operations.  It hasn't panned out exactly the way I have hoped, but by remaining independent, I have been able to cover artists that may not be covered by the mainstream media and also find new talent without being forced to feed you garbage.

We have covered many aspects of the celebrity world, trying to keep it classy and not trashy.  The main thing is that the ways of events being covered in the blogosphere (God, I hate that word.) has changed.  It didn't used to matter if you were some rinky dink site or a mighty big one.  If you broke the story or covered it first, you showed up first in the search engines.  No more.  Even if you break a story hours before say TMZ, if they report on it after you, they show up first.  It's not me bitching; it is the truth.

The main thing is my passion is music and music news.  From now on, we will be covering music news and artists in general.  We will still cover big events like say "The Dark Knight Rises" or "The Avengers" movie and if a music celebrity gets engaged or what not.  But no more Snooki crap.  The main focus will be on music.

With that change, we can give you more of what you love and more of what you want.  I think it's a win-win situation, don't you?

I also want to spend a special thank you out to artists who have supported the site over the years, most specifically to Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Adam Lambert, Sade, Bruno Mars, Dave Grohl, John Mayer and Nikka Costa.  Your support and love means the world to me.  You have no idea.

To the 25,000 comments and commenters, thank you.  A special shout out to justmemuchlove and Violet(wherever you are) for the support from the start.

The people who retweet the stories and post links to your Facebook and social media sites, we thank you as well.  Every tweet and post helps.  Believe me.

We will be announcing some changes next week and you will see some new things on the site that I hope you enjoy.

If you wish to donate to keep the site free and independent, please do.

You can donate on the right side of the site where it says buy the Doc a Root Beer.  Any amount is appreciated and needed.

Thanks again for your support.  Here is to another 8 million funky page views and then some.-DocFB

16Feb
2012
1

Artist Spotlight: Nikka Costa Takes Over California

Nikka Costa. Photo: Drfunkenberry.com
Nikka Costa. Photo: Drfunkenberry.com

Nikka Costa. Photo: Drfunkenberry.com

Nikka Costa invaded California last week for 2 shows in Southern California and 2 shows in Northern California and the funk was hot, sweaty, and nasty.

The San Francisco shows were straight fire as you would expect.  The shows in San Juan Capistrano and Redondo Beach brought out some real music lovers with Nikka doing about a 95 minute set alone in Redondo Beach, playing a plethora of her back catalog sans "Push & Pull" and I'm not sure if it was played at her other shows.

For more on Nikka including exclusive photos, click the continue reading button.

9Feb
2012
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Win Tickets To See Nikka Costa At Brixton Bay!

Nikka Costa Photo: Allstarpics.com
Nikka Costa Photo: Allstarpics.com

Nikka Costa Photo: Allstarpics.com

We are giving you a chance to win tickets to see Nikka Costa perform live tonight at Brixton Bay in Redondo Beach, California.

If you have never seen Nikka live before, are you in for a treat! She is a dynamic firecracker and in this club setting, it will be hot and intimate. Just how we like it.

To enter the contest, click the continue reading button below.

8Feb
2012
5

Nikka Costa Tours Cali This Weekend; Gets Caught Up In A “Tug Of War”

Nikka Costa. Photo: Matthew Welch
Nikka Costa. Photo: Matthew Welch

Nikka Costa. Photo: Matthew Welch

Nikka Costa will be performing in Redondo Beach, San Juan Capistrano, and San Francisco, all this weekend starting Thursday.

She will be hitting up Braxton Bay on Thursday night, The Coach House in San Juan Friday night, and two concerts in the Bay Area at The Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco.

Nikka Costa is an artist you just cannot miss live.  Cannot.

ALSO, WE WILL BE GIVING AWAY TICKETS TO THE SHOWS SO STAY TUNED TO THE SITE ON HOW TO WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We hear she will also have her EP "Pro Whoa" for sale as well as a few other goodies for the funky people.

You can find all the events HERE with ticket links to the shows!

She also put out a new live performance of "Tug Of War" and Nikka's Box, which is her official Youtube channel.


We hope you enjoy Nikka's box and hope you can catch her this weekend if you are in Cali.-DocFB