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Funk in the trunk

Tubby drives its energy up to the 'Boat

Neil MacPherson says funk is in the heart.

“If you don’t get it, something’s wrong with you,” said MacPherson, keyboardist for Tubby. “Everybody gets it because it’s a very simple thing, and very powerful that way.”

Tubby’s high-energy funk, rock and soul keep the band members jumping around on stage.



“There’s a lot of energy, and the crowd catches it,” MacPherson said. “And it goes back and forth.”

Depending on the size of the city, those crowds respond to the funk in different ways.



“There are definitely those audiences that stand there absorbing it but don’t know what to do with it. They can’t take their eyes off you and are just sitting there taking it in,” MacPherson said. “But small towns are uniformly crazy; they just eat it up.”

MacPherson didn’t discover the funk until college, when he was pursuing a degree in classical piano music. He found the connection through playing jazz.

“I started an instrumental band, and we started doing stuff right on the edge, and we sort of fell into stuff that was straight funk,” he said. “The energy of it and the power of it just grabbed me.”

Now all five of the band members, who have been together for five years, have quit their day jobs to aggressively pursue their music careers.

“All of us have been professional musicians for over 20 years,” MacPherson said. “The focus is on the music, and that’s where the energy comes from. We don’t want to put anything in the way of that.”

People have said that this San Diego band can turn a weekend night into a legend.

“That’s always been the one thing that has been said most about our band,” MacPherson said. “One commonality between all of us is that the energy is unbelievable. Our goal is to take the elements of funk, rock and soul and make a show that is pure energy and exciting as can be.”


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