STIG, an Asheville-based progressive jazz funk fusion band will make a ATL-area appearance at the Moonshadow Tavern in Tucker on February 18. This will be part of a 6-night run with Chachuba through the Southeast.

We’re always looking for new funk to listen to so I jumped on the chance to listen to this band’s stuff. At first blush, they could scratch the itch we have to hear bands like Kung Fu who don’t get down to ATL that much. Each player is clearly skillful but the sax is the “voice” of the group which we always enjoy. While we were planning to hit the Tucker show for Chachuba, STIG makes it imperative to get there early and we plan to capture some live footage to post at a later date.

The five piece unit features some excellent improv and this tune, “Splugarn” due to be released on February 15th was provided to FunkCity.net as a preview of things to come. It features some excellent bass-guitar-sax interplay before giving way to a nice sax solo by Ryan Stigmon midway through. I really dig the deep staccato 4 note riff that he carries throughout the tune. In addition, the percussion/bass jam is a nice segue back to the head. You can listen to Splugarn and other STIG tracks on Spotify as well.

SPLUGARN

STIG is an all-instrumental progressive jazz funk band consisting of 5 best friends from a myriad of places both geographically and musically. “We share music with each other during the day, and weave those new ideas into our shows at night.” Their improvisational nature paired with
tight communication and 3 years of playing and growing together reates an exploratory and engaging live show experience.

STIG tunes are all original and are always written as a group to fuse each member’s genre- crossing influences. Since forming in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music, STIG has been touring the country non-stop, playing high-energy shows, and catering their funk to the
vibe and energy of the crowd.

STIG media pack

The February run looks like this:
2.15 The One Stop – Asheville, NC
2.16 Ugly Dog Pub – Highlands, NC  ***just STIG
2.18 Moonshadow Tavern – Tucker, GA
2.19 JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
2.21 Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN
2.22 Nowhere Bar – Athens, GA2.23 Lazy Hiker Brewing Co – Franklin, NC