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- Bootsy Collins
Bootsy Collins is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists/singer/bandleaders/music producers; as well as the number four bassist of all time as recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine. From 1969 to 1971, Bootsy’s group The Pacemakers functioned as James Brown’s backup band and was dubbed “The J.B.’s.” In 1972, Bootsy joined George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic. Collins and Clinton soon established a lifelong personal and musical friendship. Collins then launched Bootsy’s Rubber Band as a spinoff of P-Funk in 1976. Collins’ inspired, clever progressions and patterns were a vital part of such records as "Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine."
Bootsy Collins’ influence on popular culture is inescapable. His SOUND and LOOK are literally stitched into the fabric of modern music, be it R&B, Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop or EDM. Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Flea, Dr. Dre, Rick James, Prince, Daft Punk, Primus, and Thundercat— just to name a few— are all Brother-Nature’s disciples. Today, a whole new generation of music fans have embraced Bootsy’s legacy via Childish Gambino’s platinum hit "Redbone," a loving homage to Collins' 70's smash "I'd Rather be with You;" as well as via “Silk Sonic,” the name given by Collins to Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak and their sultry album guest starring the Funkmaster himself Bootsy. All of Bootsy’s musical success has allowed him and wife Patti to give back to community organizations and other support efforts through the Bootsy Collins Foundation, whose Mission is to inspire, educate, and enrich the lives of all individuals from all backgrounds.
Stevie Van Zandt
Steven Van Zandt is a New York Times Best-Selling Author, Musician, Performer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Actor, Director, International DJ, Activist, Historian, Teacher, Member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Radio Hall of Fame nominee, and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost authorities on both Contemporary and Traditional Rock and Roll.
After helping create the “Jersey Shore” sound with the Asbury Jukes, Steven became a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and went on to become a successful solo artist in his own right recording and performing with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.
Steven co-produced the seminal Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s albums “The River,” and “Born in the U.S.A.” He has also produced albums for Darlene Love, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ronnie Spector, Demolition 23, Arc Angels, Majek Fashek, and many more.
In 1985, Van Zandt formed Artists United Against Apartheid and wrote “Sun City,” a song featuring over 50 major recording artists protesting the Apartheid system and considered by many political experts to be one of the fatal blows to Apartheid, leading to Nelson Mandela being freed only a few years later. Van Zandt has twice been honored by the United Nations for his political activism.
Steven co-starred in all seven seasons of the Sopranos, playing principal character "Silvio Dante,” a character that he created. He starred in, co-wrote, executive produced, provided the music supervision and scoring, and directed (the final episode) for the award-winning series “Lilyhammer,” which was the FIRST original programming for Netflix.
In 2001 he launched “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” his internationally syndicated radio show and the most successful syndicated Rock music radio show in the past 50 years. Steven also created and produced the first two channels of original content on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Underground Garage (Channel 21) and Outlaw Country (Channel 60). In 2006 he launched his record label, Wicked Cool Records, to further support new Rock and Roll.
Van Zandt is Chairman of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, a non-profit that has developed a curriculum based around popular music, a subject that provides immediate common ground with student interest and passion, called “Teach Rock.” This online educational resource is offered at NO COST to educators and individuals everywhere. Interdisciplinary in nature, it is geared toward middle school and high school students but includes resources for learning at all levels.
Chew Fu is a Brooklyn-based music producer, alto-saxophonist, and DJ. His distinctive production style features a fusion of hip-hop and electronic music with heavy musical roots. Coming up in the live jazz and funk scene in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Chew Fu has lent his beats to over 300+ artists, including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Far East Movement, Kings of Leon, Bootsy Collins, Doug-E Fresh, Timbaland, and many more.
A Billboard-charting producer/remixer and IDMA nominee, some of Chew Fu’s most notable releases include: the grime/club hit “Take That” ft. Wiley (Island UK), “LoveGame” Lady Gaga ft. Marilyn Manson (Interscope Records), “Purple Rain” Chew Fu ft. Steve Clisby (Peppermint Jam), and Rihanna’s Rated R: Remixed (Island/Def Jam)- for which he was the album’s sole producer.
Chew Fu’s current project, “Legendary,” (2021) is both an homage and an expert re-imagining of modern hip-hop fundamentals. Featuring unreleased and new music from Bootsy Collins, Jimmy Castor, Greg Nice, Jarobi White (A Tribe Called Quest), Dres (Black Sheep), The Sugar Hill Gang, and many more, “Legendary” is set to redefine music history.