Smart Bets: Big Sam’s Funky Nation

In case you didn't get it from the band's name, Big Sam's Funky Nation is all about funk. The high-energy New Orleans quintet is led by trombonist Sammie Williams who's been a member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and has toured with the likes of Karl Denson, Widespread Panic and James Brown. Big Sam’s Funky Nation performs with The Shane Pruitt Band on Pisgah Brewing's outdoor stage on Friday, Sept. 2. 7:30 p.m., $12 advance/$15 day of show/$30 VIP. http://pisgahbrewing.com.

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