As the name suggests, New Pony Funk lives on the funky side of town, and their live shows bear witness to their long-standing residency in the neighborhood. This is a tight, powerful band with some serious muscle. As influences, they cite The Meters, Tower of Power, Dumpstaphunk, The Isley Brothers, Sly and the Family Stone, but when all is said and done NPF is a home-grown Philly Original. The members of NPF all met at a monthly music showcase at the now defunct Tritone in 2005. When they met, each was doing their own thing, but as it so often goes at these events, they ended up sitting in with each other for an impromtu set. After the set, one thing led to another and the guys got to talking, and after a few beers and some "music nerd" conversation, it became pretty obvious that a new band was brewing. They got together for a few rehearsals, worked up a set's worth of material, and played their first show at the same music showcase the next month. And now, much to everyone's surprise, nearly 18 years and about 1000 shows later, New Pony Funk is still going strong.
To date NPF has released two CD's, 2015's "Make Your Move," and in July of 2022, their newest recording, "Let's Get Real," dropped. "Let's Get Real" was recorded in March-April of 2022 and came together rather quickly. Most of the songs had been written between 2016 and 2022 and were already frequent fliers in their live shows. They reflect the concerns of the times. The band takes an oblique turn to the political in "Are You Ready," while "Now Some Light" cautiously celebrates the return to normalcy and live performance post-COVID with the refrain "it's been a couple years/ Now I'm so glad to see you here."
In their years together, NPF has opened for Bonerama, The George Porter Trio, Bernie Worrell, The Budos Band, and Papa Grows Funk, they've played at any number of local and regional festivals, and until COVID came along, they were one of the featured acts at BlocktoberFest for 7 years straight.
The band is available for all kinds of events, venues, and occasions. If you're interested in booking NPF, please see the "contact us" page.