Considered by many of their peers, as being one of the Greatest Live Performing Funk/Rock Bands to ever hit a stage! To experience Rick James & The Stone City Band live was like an adrenaline rush of pure unabashed raw energy.
The Original Stone City Band is back and ready to Fire Up That Funk. For more than two decades, this legendary Band has provided the sounds that has been heard on recordings by Rick James, MC Hammer, Teena Marie, The Temptations, Eddie Murphy, The Mary Jane Girls and Smokey Robinson, just to name a few.
Their musical performances can be heard on countless samplings by many of today’s Hip Hop artists. On any given day, you can watch a TV commercial or listen to your Radio and you will hear that distinctive signature sound of Rick James Original Stone City Band. With its pulsating Bass lines and irresistible rhythms.
The Stone City Band was formed in 1978 by The King of Punk Funk, Rick James. This band served as Rick’s exclusive Recording and Touring Band from the beginning and through the height of his career. They were responsible for cranking out the sounds to timeless hits such as You & I, Super Freak, Mary Jane, Bustin Out, Ghetto Life, Fire It Up, Fire & Desire, Standing On The Top, All Night Long, Boys, In My House and many, many more.
They have performed on numerous television shows such as, The Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, Saturday Night Live, Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve, and many more. Their recording efforts have produced numerous Gold and Platinum albums. They also recorded three albums for the Motown label. Meet The Stone City Band, In N Out, and The Boys Are Back.
THE BAD BOYS OF FUNK ARE BACK!! Rick James Original Stone City Band is presently in the studio recording a new album and rehearsing their show to coincide with a planned world tour. Dates are now being accepted for shows. Some of which will include their sisters, The Mary Jane Girls. This highly anticipated Funk Extravaganza will celebrate the life, music, and legacy of their leader, mentor and friend RICK JAMES.
The Original Stone City Band features original members: 1) Lanise Hughes (Drums) 2) Nate “Guido” Hughes (Percussions & Vocals) and 3) Tom McDermott (Lead Guitar), also on board is 4) Jimmy Ali (Bass Guitar) 5) Eddie Fluellen (Keyboards & Vocals) 6) Sheli “Baby Funk” Casana Lead Vocals) and 7) Mark Love Gonsalves (Vocals)