A COLLECTION OF CHICAGO'S FINEST

BLACK VOICES

Musical authenticity comes from what's within the music. By tributing legendary artists with inclusion and diversity, we help preserve the African-American art form of Motown, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Hiphop, Pop, and more!

FUNKTASTIC PRODUCTIONS 

Funktastic Productions LLC. specializes in weddings, corporate events, and festivals across the midwest. With their roots in the funky Motown era, they incorporate flares of Hip-hop, Rock, Jazz, Pop, and Soul music that make them the perfect fit for any event. With seamless song transitions, the music never stops & guests will never leave the dance floor.

Corporate event clients include SEISMIC, DocuSign, Brookfield, Kenshoo, Arlington Heights Chamber, Inspire 11, Designs for Dignity, and more! 

Weddings venues include Turner Hall Ballroom, Kimpton Grey, Hive on Hubbard, The Langham, City View Loft, The Woman's Club, Theatre on the Lake, Artifact Events, Newberry Library. The Palmer House, and more!

Alysha Monique,  Music Director

AS SEEN ON WGN MIDDAY NEWS

Bold, sensual vocalist, Alysha, mesmerizes audiences with the sultry vocal styling of jazz and soul music. Her endearing aura bewitches listeners into the essence of love, individuality and self-actualization. Surrounded by incredible musicians who strive to push their music to an innovative level, Alysha’s creativity and originality continue to ascend upward. An experience with Alysha is striking, genuine and poignant.

Deonte Baker

 AS SEEN ON AMERICAN IDOL & WINDY CITY LIVE

 

A Chicago native, Deonte has been singing since he was 7 years old! At the young age of 12, he was singing and traveling with national recording artist Kennew Lewis and One Voice. Most recently, Deonte appeared on national television singing for millions of American Idol fans! He sings with everything he has and wants to make the world a better place through the power of music!

Meagan McNeal

AS SEEN ON THE VOICE

A powerhouse singer and songwriter versed in the genres of Soul, Jazz, and R&B. In 2017, Meagan appeared on the voice, whose radiating vocals landed her on the team of Jennifer Hudson. With fervent drive and dedication, she was a backing vocalist for world-famous artists like Eminem, Common, and The O'Jays. Her music effortlessly transcends boundaries and spreads messages of love and universal truth.

Alfonzo Jones

AS SEEN WITH THE O'MYS

Alfonzo's love for music started in church, watching and imitating every move and sound of the drummer at the age of 3. While in high school, he gathered a wide range of influences from Dennis Chambers, to Tony Williams, Jimmy Cobb, and more. Eventually, Alfonzo would go off to share the stage with legends like Wynton Marsalis, Wycleff Gordon, and more. In addition to Funktastic, he currently performs with national artist, The O' Mys, and Nikki Lynette.

Amber Ronae

AS SEEN ON WGN MIDDAY NEWS

 

A sultry singer born in Gary, Indiana, Amber is heavily influenced by R&B and Soul.  At an early age, she attended Emerson Academy of Performing Arts to kick-start her musical journey. Eventually, she would earn her degree in vocal performance at Columbia College Chicago, gaining an extensive background studying music while working with international musicians. Amber studied aboard in Mannheim, Germany at the prestigious PopAkademie Music Conservatory. With 150 Funktastic shows under her belt, known for her memorable performances and lasting impressions. "I'm excited about the direction and for the band's endless future successes".

HG Soul

AS SEEN ON FOX and NBC

 

Standing for "Hot Grits" or "Home Grown" depending on who you ask, HG is a dynamic and soulful singer hailing from Chicago's south side. A staple of Chicago's music scene, he's been featured on several national television shows such as "Showtime at The Apollo" on FOX, and NBC's "Gimme Some More". A veteran performer for over 20 years, HG is considered one of Chicago's musical treasures.

Elisa Latrice

 AS SEEN ON THE HIT FOX SHOW "EMPIRE", AND "GOOD DAY CHICAGO" ON FOX32.

 

Elisa Latrice's passion for music began at a younger age. Inspired by music greats Michael Jackson, James Brown, Tina Turner, and Diana Ross; her desire to pursue a career in music was ignited by opportunity and ambition! She appeared as a vocalist with Snoop Dog during a scene in the TV show, "Empire", FOX32 Chicago "Rising Star", and more. Elisa also is a Tina Turner impersonator, and her tribute shows have packed venues like City Winery.

Larry Brown Jr.

MASTERS DEGREE IN MUSIC

 

Through the years, he has had the opportunity to learn from jazz legends such as Pat Martino, Houston Person, Jimmy Cobb, Victor Goines, John Scofield and Russell Malone. He has also performed at some of the country’s greatest jazz festivals and venues including the St. Louis Jazz Festival, the Clark Terry Jazz Festival, The JVC Jazz Festival New York, Lima Jazz Festival (South America) as well as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Larry is heavily influenced by Prince, Michael Jackson, and received his masters in music from Northern Illinois University

MIKE ZABRIN

OWNER

Originating from his original music band, Mike Zabrin's Funktastic, he performs every year on WGN Midday News, WGN's Nick Digilio Show, and with notable writeups in Bass Player Magazine, Jazz Corner, and hundreds of world-wide publications. His albums feature members of Kool & The Gang, Fishbone, and more. 

 

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Mike had his start playing the blues! Throughout college, he toured with Chicago Blues Hall of Famers playing at staple blues venues like Kingston Mines and Buddy Guy's Legends. During this time, and an advocate for music education, Mike was the GM of School of Rock.

Mike took his band to hundreds of venues and festivals. Over 40 Park Districts have Funktastic for their Summer Concert Series and they've opened for national acts like WAR.

Having the best musicians Chicago has to offer under his wing, Mike took the wedding and corporate event industry by storm with his company, Funktastic Productions. A keeper of WeddingWire's Couples Choice Awards & The Knot Hall of Fame, Funktastic Productions is regarded as the mid-west's premier events band.

I live to create meaningful, long-lasting relationships and truly unforgettable events with packed dance floors.

The Funktastic Horns

Bobby " Wonderful" Cooper, Len'i McKinney, and Royce Harrington

 

Chicago Street Strings

Hannah Watson

Sound & Stage Lighting

Anna Graham, Rob Bowers

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