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March 14, 2013

Gotta have that funk

Big Ol' Dirty Bucket to perform in Beverly tomorrow night

BEVERLY — Musicians have an expression, “keeping it in the pocket,” which describes the feeling of playing perfectly in sync.

Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket, a funk band with several members from the North Shore that will play in Beverly tomorrow night, got its colorful name by adapting that expression to fit the way it plays.

“We were talking about how we were able to change key, tempo and vibe, switching things up but staying locked in tight,” said Brett Badolato, a founder of the band. “There are so many different elements in our sound, ‘pocket’ was too constraining an image. It’s more like we were ‘keeping it in a big, old, dirty bucket.’”

However the band members describe what they do, their sound has developed a strong local fan base, which is matched by a gradually widening touring radius that now extends beyond New England into Pennsylvania and New York.

Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket released an eponymous album a year ago, which ranks ninth nationally on radio charts at, and they are working on a new album.

The band has also created a video for a song from the first album, “Mic Smoke,” featuring lyrics and vocals by rapper Micah Casey.

A sense of inclusiveness was part of the band’s identity from the start when Badolato — who was born in Revere, graduated from Marblehead High School and now lives in Medford — was throwing “musician parties” in a rented jam space in Lynn.

“A dozen people would come in and play music,” he said. “We were all looking for a similar groove that made us feel good, made us laugh and have a good time.”

The music that best expressed those emotions was funk, which features irresistible dance rhythms and a big dose of horns, and may be defined as the ultimate party music.

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