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Uncle is Superfly

Gary Kank

The soul of James Brown, edgy blues of Stevie Ray Vaughn, and cool funk of Maceo Parker are what make Uncle Funkle groove.

The South Shore trio comprises front man and lead guitarist, Joe Grissino, bass guitarist Gregg Noonberg, and drummer and percussionist “Fletch” Fletcher. The three longtime friends developed a chemistry touring the country as members of Cosmic Freeway.

Epitomizing the jamband concept, Uncle Funkle comes to their shows with an open mind. “We really play off the crowd.” Grissino said. “Whatever the crowd seems to be vibing on, we usually stick with that sound.”

Considering the majority of Uncle Funkle’s live sets comprise cover tunes, Grissino’s work on his Fender Stratocaster is very inventive. He explores new avenues with his clean, tight leads that most cover bands shy away from.

The rhythm section lays down deep grooves. Noonberg spins out rich bass lines, walking his fingers up and down his bass, while “Fletch” on drums provides a furious driving beat. His solos are clever and draw huge ovations from the crowd.

Uncle Funkle’s lineup expands for larger shows when keyboardist John Lee Dover and saxophonist Mauro DiGioia add a jazzy flavor to the band.

They enjoy living and performing at Lake Tahoe but are looking to expand into bigger markets. With a regular gig in Reno, Uncle Funkle has their eyes set on San Francisco and beyond.

Aside from their busy live schedule, Uncle Funkle has begun work on original tunes and plans to start recording soon.

Breakout Box:

Uncle Funkle plays every Thursday and Sunday at The Island, 4093 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Show starts at 9:30 p.m.

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