The Heard is a funk machine venerated for its deep pocket, authentic groove, and reverence for legendary funk.
In The Heard's hometown of Chicago, the group cut its teeth delivering hard hitting performances at some of the city's favorite venues - aliveOne, Metro Chicago, Lincoln Hall, Concord Music Hall, and Congress Theater. While touring nationally, The Heard has shared stages across the U.S. with acts like The New Mastersounds, Orgone, Lettuce, The Motet, The Nth Power, Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Slightly Stoopid, The Funky Meters, and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. The band has backed Bay Area hip hop artist Lyrics Born, and former Galactic vocalist Theryl "Houseman" DeClouet.
The Heard’s music features powerful horn melodies delivered with precision and swagger by Parris Fleming (trumpet), Bryant Smith (trombone) and Lucas Ellman (saxophone), the driving rhythm guitar playing of Taras Horalewskyj, tasteful keyboard work and soulful vocals by Cole DeGenova, and a slamming foundation provided by drummer PJ Howard and bassist Mike Starr.