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Boogie Chillun – Music

Genre: World, Funk, Hip Hop, Soul, Rap, Jazz, Blues, Doo-Wop, Reggae, Gospel, Disco

Boogie Chillun has been rockin’ and funkin’ the CT music scene since 1991, performing at nightclubs, theaters, outdoor festivals, schools, parties, weddings, and other events throughout CT and the US Northeast. That’s over twenty years of good music satisfaction!

Boogie Chillun plays funk, rap, rock, jazz, blues, doo wop, soul, R&B, Afro-folk, reggae, gospel, spirituals and disco.

Boogie Chillun has performed in over 3000 concerts, including opening for major artists such as The Spinners, WAR, Ziggy Marley, Vanilla Fudge, 98 Degrees, and The Sugar Hill Gang.

After surviving numerous personnel changes over the years, the band has stabilized and it continues to evolve and flourish. Boogie Chillun still performs at clubs, parties, and outdoor festivals, but the band does its most satisfying work in schools, presenting the “American Roots Music” program to children all over Connecticut.

Boogie Chillun released two albums on the independent Turtle Records label: “Live Together” (1993) and “Funky Haven” (1999), as well as two singles in 1999, “Make It Happen” and “Be A Rock,” which received major local airplay on New Haven radio giants WYBC and WPLR.

Boogie Chillun also released an album on the Retro City Records label in 2012, “Funk Upon A Rhyme,” which chronicles 20 years of songwriting and recording by the group’s principals, Vaughn Collins and Derek Graham. The band also released the single “Read, Baby, Read” to young audiences, and will soon release its fourth studio album, “WorldFunkHipHopSoul,” which will further demonstrate the band’s unique hybrid style.

Boogie Chillun was founded in 1991 by Vaughn Collins, a New Haven-based hip hop artist, poet, teacher, and songwriter. Founding member and drummer/vocalist Derek Graham joined in late 1992.

The current (and eighth) Boogie Chillun lineup is comprised of Vaughn Collins (vocals, percussion), Derek Graham (drums, vocals), Wayne Brown (keyboards, vocals), Jean Sandoval (electric guitar), Luis Rivera (bass guitar). George Baker (electric guitar), Steve Clarke (bass guitar), and Jeff Gitelman (electric and acoustic guitar) also play with the band on some gigs.

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