||The Folkadelics’ music is a unique blend of rock, reggae, hip-hop, and funk, led by four-part vocal harmonies. Blurring the lines of musical genres, it is impossible to not jump up and dance along with the music when the Folkadelics take the stage.
Sam Miller (guitar/vocals/beatbox/harmonica) and Gavin Cummings (wah-wah mandolin/vocals/guitar) formed Sampson and the Folkadelics in late 2006 while attending Ithaca College together. Soon shortened to “The Folkadelics,” the band composed their own material, inspired by late-night acoustic jam sessions and rowdy nights. Amidst the chaos of finals week in May 2007, Sam and Gavin cut a self-titled acoustic EP at the Ithaca College School of Music.
In the fall of 2007, the band relocated to New York City, where they were soon joined by powerhouse vocalist Danielle Faraone, whose crooning has been compared to that of Gwen Stefani’s. Then after adding bass and drums to the recipe, the band finally had the funky backbone that its songs had been craving. As of 2011, bass master Drew Kelly and hard-hitting drummer Tom Barraco are in the pocket driving the rhythmic machine beneath the band’s action-packed and exciting live performances.
In 2010 The Folkadelics worked alongside Matisyahu producer Steve Wall to release a 6-track self-titled EP. Mastered by Mark Santangelo (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West), this EP has captured the energy of the band’s live shows. Soon after this release the band competed in NYC at The National Underground’s Battle of the Bands, where they were dubbed winners by a celebrity judge panel that included musician Gavin DeGraw and Q104.3 host Jonathan Clark.
In 2011, the Folkadelics began touring the Northeast extensively. Their summer tour included stops at major festivals, including Grassroots, Gratefulfest, Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, Hookahville, and The Werk Out Fest. They supported acts like Dark Star Orchestra, Rusted Root, EOTO, Vinny Amico (moe.), Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, and Girl Talk, while touring throughout the East Coast and Midwest.
As journalist Marissa Devitto once stated about the band, “I dare you to try and sit still!” The Folkadelics look forward to the road ahead; there’s nowhere to go but up now!