In 1971 soul singer Jean Knight posed the musical question, “Mr. Big Stuff, who do you think you are?” 40 years later, if that question were asked of this stateline octet, winners of RAMI and On the Waterfront Best of Rockford awards, the answer might well be difficult to pin down. Mr. Big Stuff, the band (www.mrbigstuffband.com) does not spend a lot of time trying to put a label on itself to define “who do they think they are?” They let the music, and a growing group of loyal fans, do the talking.
From the band's inception in 1999, the word "explosive" has been used repeatedly to describe the sonic impact of their music, which exploits the dynamic drive of a three-piece horn section (the Big Stuff Horns) and a tight, funky rhythm section. With a repertoire of dozens of covers of both popular and obscure tunes dating from the heyday of swing to the modern era, the band delves into genres of pop, rock, funk, swing, R&B, disco, soul and even punk with equal facility and with a consistent objective - keep 'em dancing!