Revitalizing funk & soul with a new twist, Farnell Newton & the Othership Connection has been stirring up a ton of noise on the Northwest music scene. Led by trumpeter Farnell Newton, who currently tours with Jill Scott and Bootsy Collins, The Othership Connection brings a sound that blends the old with the new. They are gaining a reputation of funkin’ up stages all night long.
Trumpeter Newton is one of the most versatile musicians and educators in the region, playing straight-ahead jazz, funk, Latin music, soul, hip hop, and more. In the last year, Newton toured with three-time Grammy Winner and award winning Actress Jill Scott. Newtonhas also performed with a who’s who of world-class artists including Stevie Wonder, Bootsy Collins, Karl Denson, Lettuce, George Duke, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, and Charlie Wilson.
Drummer extraordinaire Tyrone Hendrix is one of the more sought-after drummers in the industry. Arietta Ward is one of those talents who’s impossible to ignore onstage. Music and performing is in her blood (Ward is the daughter of legendary Pacific Northwest pianist Janice Marie Scroggins). Davi has a rich alto voice, is a student of her craft, and is a true historian of ‘The Blues’ and ‘Vintage Soul’. Kyle Molitor began playing trombone at the age of 12. Currently, Kyle is performing with the legendary Bootsy Collins, Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, and Guitarist Agyel Ptah. Hotep Marshall brings a funkadelic rock edge to complete the band as a whole. You never know what he will do next while on the stage. The anchor of this ensemble is bassist Tye North, a mainstay fixer on the funk/jam Portland music scene. Rounding out the band is double trouble keyboardist with Asher Fulero and Michael Elson, bringing unique elements of soul, funk, rock, and more.