Sam, the rotund frontman and trombonist for Big Sam's Funky Nation
, will his bring his signature New Orleans big funk and big brass to Miami on July 24. Formerly the trombonist for Dirty Dozen Brass Band
, another New Orleans jazz staple, "Big Sam" is one of the six very talented jazz-trained musicians that comprise the Funky Nation. The band's music is a cocktail of improv, warped keys, and soul-driven funk, and will leave you hard-pressed to find a better dance-til-you-drop party anywhere else. Like Big Sam sings in the song "Shake Yo Thang," before a medley of guitar, keys, and brass interrupts, "So come on everybody, let the Nation touch your soul. Now shake shake shake shake yo thang."