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The Shady Recruits

May 27, 2023

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Formed in 2016, The Shady Recruits is a 5-piece band based out of Greenville, South Carolina with afunky, jazzy, and at times heavily improvisational fusion of what they describe as “tasty tunes." Influenced by the likes of Funkadelic, Frank Zappa, Soulive, Steely Dan, and so many others, the band plays an eclectic, high-energy mixture of originals and covers guaranteed to keep you dancing all night. While still relatively in its infancy as a band, The Shady Recruits have been fortunate to share stages with such acts as The Marcus King Band, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and Dumpstaphunk. Led by drummer Jack Ryan of the Marcus King Band, The Shady Recruits are an “all-star lineup”of sorts, consisting of musicians from several prominent local and regional bands. The ensemble includes fellow Marcus King Band member and Greenville native Justin Johnson on horns and vocals, Chris Spies on saxophone, bassist David Katilius of jamtronica rockers Scrumptious and Phish tribute outfit AdamKnight’s Buried Alive, along with keyboardist Marcus White of Chattanooga who adds a musical tour-de-force, splitting his time between the Recruits and touring with Atlanta funk/improv giants Voodoo Visionary, as well as leading his own project killakeyz band.…and a surplus of surprise special guests is always a unique part of The Shady Recruits performances.