The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown FREE LIVESTREAM @ Asheville Music Hall 11-5-2018
The idea for The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown came to John Heintz during a Late Night Super Jam at a music festival in 2007. He was on tour with The Lee Boys, a funk, gospel and soul group from Florida, when inspiration struck. “On the last night of the festival, there was a jam session,” he recalls. “Members of Galactic, Papa Grows Funk, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and other acts started improvising and the energy from the crowd, and the interactions between the players, created a live, unrehearsed vibe that carried the music to unexpected places. I began thinking, ‘What if that same sense of camaraderie and excitement could be created in the studio?’ It would lead to something really special.” Heintz began presenting the idea to the musicians he’d been meeting on the road. “Everybody seemed interested, but touring schedules being what they are, it was an uphill battle. I asked Derrick Johnson and John Paul Miller from Yo’ Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band if they’d help me organize the initial session and after they came on board, we started calling every musician we knew.