If you go
FANTASY OF FUNK
Where: Seminole Casino Immokalee, 506 S. First St., Immokalee
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 day of show
Friday, July 20
Zig Zag Lounge
■ 6 p.m., The Nouveaux Honkies and funkiest costume contest
■ 8 p.m., Boogie Freaks
■ 10 p.m., Boogie Freaks
Saturday, July 21
■ Zig Zag Lounge
■ 3 p.m., Boogie Freaks
■ 5 p.m., Boogie Freaks
■ 1 p.m., The Nouveaux Honkies
■ 3 p.m., Bonerama
■ 5 p.m., Glen David Andrews Band
■ 7:30 p.m., George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Something else:Main stage is outside; bring chairs for seating and sunscreen. Doors open at noon on Saturday. No pets or coolers allowed.
From jazz to zydeco, New Orleans is home to a wide variety of musical styles. On Saturday Bonerama will bring a taste of New Orleans to Immokalee when the brass funk rock band comes for the Fantasy of Funk festival at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee.
The band's founding members, Craig Klein and Mark Mullins, were both inspired by musicians in their families and started playing trombone at a young age. But Klein says it wasn't until he was older that he found musical inspiration.
"Brass players start (playing) early, but that spark came later after listening to live music. You start thinking 'Wow, I want to do that,'" Klein says. "There's so much great music (New Orleans) is a great place to be inspired to be a musician."
The inspiration for Bonerama came to Klein in a dream while he and Mullins were traveling with Harry Connick Jr.'s band in the '90s.
"One night in New York we were out and heard this Cuban band that had five lead trombones," Klein said. "That night I had a dream we should put a band together that had trombones as the lead."
Klein and Mullins soon started working on song arrangements and Bonerama was born. Klein recalled that during the band's first gig people "just showed up and started dancing and I thought, 'Hey, this could work.' "
While Bonerama's brass funk rock sound stems from three lead trombonists accompanied by vocals, bass and guitars, the beats provided by drummer Alvin Ford help make the band uniquely New Orleans.
"Meters open up the whole door to real New Orleans funk. There's something special about the beats that can hardly be duplicated by other players," Klein said. "One can only speculate on how New Orleans music got so incredibly funky. Drummers here have the ability to play beat and grooves that other drummers can't. New Orleans was only place during slavery that allowed slaves to play drums on Sundays. ... It sort of grew from all of that — the drum is important in most music."
While Bonerama writes a lot of its own songs, the band also likes to do cover songs. Mullins' love of rock 'n' roll means it's not unusual to hear a funky take on Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," the Allman Brother's "Whipping Post," or tunes by Jimi Hendrix or the Beatles.
Regardless of whether you know the tune or not, be ready to dance.
"(Funk) is something that makes you move, that makes you shake and makes you wanna dance," Klein said. "Funk is a dance. If it doesn't make you want to shake, it's not that funky."
The Fantasy of Funk festival opens Friday, July 20 at Seminole Immokalee Casino with a funk costume contest and live music from Nouveaux Honkies and Boogie Freaks.
On Saturday, July 21, the festival continues with a food truck rally, performances by Nouveaux Honkies Bonerama and the Glen David Andrews ensemble. The outdoor festival closes with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic.