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For LMT Connection, Funk is the Final Frontier

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Veteran soul group LMT Connection has been turning music fans into full-blown funkateers for more than 33 years, playing over 6500 shows, helmed by a front man on the cusp of his 76th birthday. True masters of their craft, they've toured internationally and released seven self-produced albums independently, without the support of a record company.

Born in Atlanta and raised in Detroit, singer/guitarist Leroy Emmanuel was not only an active member of Motown's thriving music community at its height, supporting the likes of Marvin Gaye, Bohannon, and Bettye Lavette, but an influential artist in his own right, earning a significant cult following with his group The Fabulous Counts (Westbound Records). Not long after a serendipitous relocation to Niagara Falls, Canada, Emmanuel founded LMT Connection with drummer Mark Rogers and bassist John Irvine. The year was 1989 and the newly formed trio hit the ground running.

Right from the start, they adhered to a philosophy of playing every show with stadium concert intensity, regardless of attendance. This mantra manifested many opportunities for the band along the way, sharing the stage with Al Green, Tower of Power, jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, and blues legend BB King on his 80th birthday tour. In time, their original music found its way into the hands of producers, promoters and distributors in Europe, which opened new doors overseas, and connected LMT with the world-renowned Chops Horns.

The New Jersey-based horn section already had an impressive resume of their own; they had just come off the road with Alicia Keys and were known for having played with The Police, The Rolling Stones, and George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic, to name a few. In 2005, they joined LMT Connection for a month-long tour of Europe, adding keyboardist Joel Parisien to the mix, and doubling the original line-up to a now expanded six-piece. (As another note of interest, the same personnel, with Parisien up front, would go on to form a highly successful side project called Newworldson, garnering four Juno© nominations - the Canadian equivalent to a Grammy© - for Gospel Album of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013).

For LMT Connection, funk is truly the final frontier; the expedition progresses unabated, and the borders continue to be explored and re-drawn.

Over 6500 Shows Played!

Recently Performed International Festivals:

Great Wall Of Funk Tour China 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018 Australia 2018 Budapest, Vienna 2018 Sweden, Norway 2017 Cotton Club Tokyo Japan 2016 Catfish Festival Louisianna 2015 Festival One New Zealand 2015 Midi Festival Shanghai 2014 Midi Festival Beijing 2014 Big Church Day Out England 2014,2016,2018 Parachute New Zealand 2014 (w Newworldson) Seaside Festival Norway 2013 Gulibranna Festival Sweden 2013 BB King's 80th Birthday Tour Berlin (Germany) Jazz Festival Easterfest Australia 2013 (w Newworldson) Gronau (Germany) Jazz Festival Wendelstein (Germany) New Orleans Festival Detroit - Windsor 300th Birthday Celebration Szigit Festival Budapest Hungary Vienna Austria Baden Switzerland NAMM (Anaheim, CA) Innsbrook Austria Munich Germany Rotterdam, Holland Toronto Jazz Festival Belgrade Beer Festival Serbia Lithuania Brugnera Italy (Northern Soul Nights) Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival Cologne Germany Northern Soul Festival




tour

Sat Feb 11 Dalhousie Yacht Club Port Dalhousie 6P
Thu Feb 23 Spyce Lounge Niagara Falls 8P
Fri Mar 3 Stonewalls Hamilton 8-11P
Thurs Mar 9 Boston Pizza St Catharines 8P
Fri Mar 10 Roc N Docs Port Credit 9P