It all started with an invitation to play at George Clinton's birthday party on July 22, 1998. The brain child of Zack "#9" Roberson, this funky group of young musicians began an amazing trip together on the stage of the Lion's Den, in the East Village of New York City. Who would have thought some 20 years later, they would still be funking it up?
The band was born out of the Long Island & Queens, NY area during the heyday of the East Village where clubs like Wetlands, CBGB's, Tramps, The Lion's Den, The Elbow Room and many others were allowing the creativity of many great bands to showcase their talents - Nappyhead was one of them. Having a direct Mothership Connection, it was easy to draw great crowds with electric energy at all of their shows. The music was live, in-yo-face FUNK, with an emphasis on the sounds of Parliament-Funkadelic (P-FUNK), Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, Mother's Finest, and all of the other fathers of FUNK. (1999, Village Voice) Nappyhead is a direct seed of George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and the P-Funk Allstars; it's like they were waiting in the weeds to grow after P-Funk sowed the seeds...
In 2023, Zack Roberson and his Nappy Head Funk Army was officially inducted into the Funk Hall of Fame in recognition for their ground-setting and continued work to be ambassadors of a true form of black American music around the world.
The band is actively touring through national venue and stage festivals.
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