The Funky Nuggets
Frankie Sensimilla: Guitar/synth
Tony Rose: Bass
Chris Lopez: Drums
Nik Dee: Keyboards/synth
What’s the origin of your band name?
About a year before the band even got together, Frankie’s best friend called him and said “Dude! When you get a band together I have the best name ever!!…I’m sitting on the roof of this mansion, and smoking a blunt of some FUNKY NUGGETS!!”
Tell us the brief history of your band.
It all started when our original drummer, Kyle called Frankie out of the blue one day to jam. Frankie knew Kyle from high school, but had never jammed together. They had a great session, and decided to see if they could take it further. So they got another buddy Brad to play bass for a little while. Brad couldn’t commit to a band at the time, so we found Tony Rose through a friend of ours. Tony came in and hit it off perfectly with the style we were playing. We performed for about a year as a three piece jam band. In April 2011, we invited Nik Dee to come out during a show at Hooligans. He was our missing link. Nik’s fantastic musicianship and great attitude was what we were missing. Just this July, Kyle decided to leave the Funky Nuggets to play full time with his other band. A Pop-Rock band called The Republik, that he started playing with a few months earlier when they lost their drummer. That was when Frankie called one of his long time childhood friends, and incredible jazz trained drummer Chris Lopez to fill the spot. Frankie and Chris had played together in the past, before the Nuggets started and have always had a natural chemistry.
How do you describe your music to people?
A mind altering psychedelic experience of funky and improve jams… jam band
Do you have any upcoming releases?
We’re trying to get into the studio to record an official studio release in the next 6 months. For now anyone can download our songs from our Facebook page for free. They were recorded live at Hooligans Boca for the official Furthur after party with The Heavy Pets
Who would you like to collaborate with either in the studio or live?
Frankie: I’d have to say Jake Cinnegar of Umphrey’s Mcgee. Not only is he such a sick guitarist, but their albums are masterpieces. They spend a lot of time recording them, and getting the perfect tones out of the instrument. I’d love to watch that process, and pick their brains. Live, Jerry Garcia.
Chris: Marco Benevento (keyboardist) would definitely be one of my top choices. His use of effects blow my mind, and his chord knowledge would make for very fun jams. That’s a really hard question to anwser. There are so many great musicians out there.
Tony: Miley fucking Cyrus. Enough said.
What can people expect from a live show visually and musically?
Visually, one of the first things people seem to notice is Frankie swinging his long wild hair all over or rolling around on the floor while he’s playing. Our crowd is also pretty interesting to see as well. They usually like to bring all kinds of party stuff like glow sticks, party poppers, balloons hats etc. Plus they are always dancing and moving around. We’re really grateful to have such fun, and wild fans. They really bring the party.
Musically, people can expect some long improve driven jams and great musicianship. We never play a song exactly the same. Each song can last anywhere from 10-30 minutes, depending on the energy from the crowd. We’d say about 85 percent of our shows are all improvisational, and that’s what everyone seems to love. Every show is fresh and unique, but still familiar. So I guess you really never know exactly what to expect musically.
What’s your favorite song to play live?
Frankie: Who Likes Bubbles
Tony: The Density of Nuggets
Nik: Mexican Gallop
Chris: Sensimilla Jam
Where is your favorite venue to play in South Florida?
We all agree that The Culture Room is our favorite thus far. Great stage, sound, lights and staff. The owner Greg is a good guy
Finish this sentence. Support local music because…
we could not do what we love without your support! You can be the best or worst band in the world, but none of that matters if you don’t have a loyal support group.
Splash Naked Festival 8/12-13
Funky Nuggets headline 2 nights
Free event, Free Camping
Sunsport Gardens Naturist Resort
Speakeasy Lounge w/ Sir Veza and Franscene 8/26
Dadas Delray 9/2 -Free show
Boca Muse 9/10- Free show
Earthdance Festival 9/24
Howard Park, Lake Worth Fl,