Freekbass Joins WNKU/Cincinnati For Funky Fridays
January 20, 2016 at 3:28 PM (PT)
NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY Triple A WNKU/HiGHLAND HEIGHTS-CINCINATTI has announced the addition of CINCINNATI-native funkateer, FREEKBASS, to its lineup of local hosts. His show, FUNKY FRIDAY’S WITH FREEKBASS debuts THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (1/22) at 6p.
FREEKBASS has been a staple of the CINCINNATI music scene and beyond for over two decades. He formed SHAG in 1992 using the moniker, “Freekbass,” given to him by his mentor in funk, BOOTSY COLLINS. Since then, FREEKBASS has gone on to collaborate with MIKE GORDON (PHISH), BERNIE WORRELL (TALKING HEADS, P-FUNK), DJ LOGIC, STEVE MOLITZ (PARTICLE), JENNIFER HARTSWICK (TREY ANASTASIO BAND), and of course, COLLINS himself. He now records and tours the country with his band, THE BUMP ASSEMBLY.
“We’re incredibly lucky to have someone of FREEKBASS’ stature in both the funk genre and the CINCINNATI music scene on our airwaves,” said WNKU GM SEAN O’MEALY. “He’s not only an extremely talented musician, but he’s also a walking encyclopedia of funk.”
Every FRIDAY night, FREEKBASS will take listeners on a musical journey from the origins of funk in the ‘60s to the modern-day hip-hop inspired by the genre. He’ll play the music and talk with those who helped create it. In his first show, FREEKBASS will talk to none other than DR. FUNKENSTEIN himself, GEORGE CLINTON.
“WNKU is all about discovering local and diverse music, and you don’t get any more local and diverse than funk,” said FREEKBASS. “It’s such an important cornerstone of our region’s musical heritage.”