Original Funk & Fusion

FU^K - funk band out of Colorado

FU^K Press Shot by Melanie Escombe

FU^K (pronounced “FUNK”) is comprised of top funk-fusion session musicians: band leader/ guitarist/ vocalist Pete Pidgeon (Blue Man Group, Sam Kininger Band), bassist Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa, Edgar Winter), tenor saxophonist Woody Mankowski (Aretha Franklin, Cheap Trick), drummer Cain Daniel (JMSN), and keyboardist Yakub Saputra. The band performs originals, celebrates deep-cut underground soul, and reinterprets songs to a funk/ neo-soul vein. The intent is to challenge the audience's expectations while keeping them grooving. Betty Davis, The Nite-Liters, Howard Tate, Tom Browne, Stevie Wonder, The GAP Band, Curtis Mayfield, Wayne Krantz, Daft Punk, and Fred Wesley are just a sample of the band's varied influences.

FU^K was born at The Armoury in Denver, Colorado as the torch bearers of the Wednesday night Hump Day Funk Jam handed down from the Hump Day All-Stars of which Pete was the guitarist. FU^K revolutionized the format to focus on a set of original compositions followed by a more-demanding repertoire that pushed the guest musicians to exceed their boundaries and give the crowd a higher-quality experience. Receiving major regional acclaim, the band became a touring unit and is in pre-production of their debut album in their new home of Los Angeles, California. The Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu are where Pete spends overnights in his studio writing charts and shedding material.

FU^K core and guest members have included Michael Jackson Co-Musical Director Joey Melotti, Mike Lent (Barry Manilow, Steve Miller), DJ Logic (The Roots, Mos Def), Ron Pedley (Air Supply), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Alvin Ford, Jr. (Dumpstaphunk), Allen Aucoin (The Disco Biscuits), Kim Dawson (Pimps of Joytime), Joey Porter (The Motet), Steveland Swatkins (Allen Stone), Leah Concialdi (Nathaniel Rateliff), John Grigsby (Gregory Alan Isakov), and Stephen Thurston (Casey Abrams).

Bandleader and Founder Pete Pidgeon has also recorded and performed with funk legends Kenwood Dennard (Miles Davis, Maceo Parker), Billy “Spaceman” Patterson (James Brown), Louis Cato (Stevie Wonder, Marcus Miller), Medeski Martin & Wood, Mark Kelley (The Roots), Stanley Banks (George Benson), Lew Soloff (Grant Green, Blood Sweat & Tears), Kai Eckhardt (John Mclaughlin), Rashawn Ross (Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band), Eric Kalb (John Scofield, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charlie Hunter), and Gabe Wallace (Gorillaz).

FU^K has headlined the Joyride Anniversary Block Party for the past three years increasing their draw from 1,000, to 2,000, to 4,000 people in 2017. Other performance highlights include headlining the 1000-capacity Summit Music Hall with guest DJ Logic, selling out the Local Product of Colorado Launch Party at Quixote's, directly support DRKWAV (John Medeski, Adam Deitch, Skerik) at The Aggie Theater, and headlining the Lettuce Fillmore Auditorium After-Party presented by 105.5FM “The Colorado Sound” at Cervantes’. FU^K’s Los Angeles debut was headlining the 600-capacity Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood on Friday, November 3rd. The band will return there to headline again on Friday, January 19th.

Averaging over 60 shows per year in 2015 and 2016, FU^K is led by Westword Music Award Nominee Pete Pidgeon who also fronts the Americana outfit Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda whose new album All the Little Things was on the 2017 first-round Grammy Awards ballot in seven categories and features one of Levon Helm’s (The Band, Bob Dylan) final studio recordings to be released. Pete co-wrote the song “Anthem” on the Sony BMG label with Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Nth Power, Beyoncé) when they were both members of the Sam Kininger Band, and his song “Comeback” was sung by Epic Recording Artist/ Missy Elliot protégé Jessica Betts on BET’s number-one show 106 & Park for 10.3 million viewers.


Pete Pidgeon - guitar, vocals

Cain Daniel - drums

Pete Griffin - bass

Woody Mankowski - tenor sax

Yakub Saputra - keyboards

Scooter Vineburgh - percussion