Bobby Watson has one of the tightest and most energetic musical units today, RUFUSIZED is a funk & soul supergroup of top-tier talent who tear up the stage, scorching through the beloved tunes of RUFUS & CHAKA KHAN like no oneelse can, or is qualified to. The band, lead by Rufus’ original bassist Bobby Watson (also Michael Jackson, Pointer Sisters, WAR, Max Weinstein, Chromeo, Ledisis), joined Rufus in 1974 and helped create the “Rufus sound.” Noboby knows Rufuslike Bobby, who was also a producer & songwriter on all of the Rufus albums from 1974 to present.
The supporting RUFUSIZED band is a powerhouse of energy and talent, with pedigree guitarist BRIAN PRICE (The Jazz Crusaders, Peggy Lee, Patti Austin, James Ingram.), the feel-good power of drummer RODRIGO RIOS (American Idol, Patti Austin, Tom Scott, Lee Ritenour and more), the heart and prowess of vocalist JOSIE AIELLO STEWART (Qwest/WB Chappel Music, Vocals for Jessie J, Cher, J Lo, Enrique Islasias, Kenny Loggins), the soaring and soulful vocal style of newcomer DREW GIBSON (Stevie Wonder, Verdine White), the veteran ears and charisma of GAIL JHONSON on keyboards and B/G vocals (Brenda Russell, Jermaine Jackson, Pink, Norman Brown, Patti Austin, Jeff Lorber) and the visually thrilling upcoming L.A. singer MAYA SH’VON THOMAS (Blackbirds, Ray Parker, Jr., Raydio).
The sheer magnitude of their professional experience shines through in their incendiary stage show performing the biggest hits of RUFUS & CHAKA KHAN, including “Ain’t Nobody”, “Sweet Thing”, “You Got The Love” and “In Love We Grow”.