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Weekly Artist Spotlight: A Family Affair – Sly and The Family Stone

Credited by some as the pioneers of “Psychedelic Soul” Sly and The Family Stone were a pivotal part of the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music. Led by multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, the group also included Sly’s brother and sister Freddie and Rose Stone, as well as some more seriously talented musicians. The Family Stone was one of the first groups to have a racially diverse lineup, made up of both men and women. Check out a classic video of the whole band playing in their prime!


SLY IS SOO FUNKY AND FUN! Join us DEC 30 in NYC for A FAMILY AFFAIR as The Chase Family and The Cressman Family celebrate the music of SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE during a PHISH After Party feat. members of TREY ANASTASIO BAND, SNARKY PUPPY, SANTANA, SHEILA E. BAND, THE ROOTS, & TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND…

Posted by A Family Affair on Thursday, October 26, 2017

In 1975, personal issues and interpersonal clashes led to the group’s dissolution, though Sly Stone continued to record and tour until personal problems forced his effective retirement in 1987. Joel Selvin, the notorious music critic, has stated that the importance of Sly and the Family Stone’s had such a powerful influence on African-American music that “there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone”. In 1993, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2010, Rolling Stone ranked Sly Stone as 43rd on their list of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. 

Luckily enough, The Chase Brothers, best known for The James Brown Dance Party and Jazz is Phsh, along with The Cressman Family, have put together a lineup of accomplished musicians, to create A Family Affair – A Tribute to Sly & The Family Stone. Coming to New York City for a late night performance at The Cutting Room on December 30th. A Family Affair will feature a cast of world-renowned musicians from sorted backgrounds, Adam Chase (James Brown Dance Party), Matthew Chase (Jazz Is Phsh), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Jeff Cressman (Santana, Sheila E., Stevie Wonder), Sandy Cressman (Homenagem Brasileira, Orquesta Candela), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots), Felix Pastorius (The Mu’tet) and Jamar Woods (The Fritz) will be making up the band.

Tickets are available here! Don’t miss this historical tribute at The Cutting Room on December 30th.