pimps of joytime


Pimps of Joytime puts the needle in the groove with its fresh collection of 10 funk anthems ready to put a smile on faces across the globe. An intersection of Brooklyn’s indie music scene, New Orleans funk and San Francisco soul, the Pimps’ new studio release Third Wall Chronicles (Sugar Road Records: March 24, 2017) unites us around a common bond of Peace, Love and Music. The apex of positivity and a solace from the daily grind shines bright as the Pimps of Joytime throw the dance party of the year on Third Wall Chronicles and everyone is invited!

Brian Jay, Pimps of Joytime band leader, is no stranger to working with A-List talent in the studio as he’s produced albums for a “who’s who” of New Orleans heavyweights, including such stars as Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers), James Andrews, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (The World’s Most Recorded Drummer), and Corey Henry (Galactic). He’s shared the stage with Art Neville, George Porter and Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Eddie Bo, and he’s currently working on an album with GRAMMY Award-nominated blues artist Cedric Burnside (grandson of legendary blues musician R.L. Burnside). Brian Jay co-produces Third Wall Chronicles with Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin. Co-writers on the album also include Anthony Cole (JJ Grey & Mofro), Nappy G (Turntables on the Hudson), DJ Black Pearl, and Chancey Yearwood.

Third Wall Chronicles is the Pimps Of Joytime’s fourth full-length studio album and features standout performances by fellow Pimps band members Mayteana Morales (vocals/percussion), Kimberly Dawson (vocals), David Bailis (bass/sampler) and John Staten (drums). Pimps of Joytime will headline venerable West Coast venues in February and March 2017 before heading to the East Coast for their national album release event at The Bowery Ballroom on March 25, 2017.

festival performances

Waterfront Blues Festival
Enchanted Forest Gathering
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Fest
Outside Lands
Peach Music Festival
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Long’s Park Amphitheatre
Forecastle Music Festival
Electric Forest
Jazz Aspen
Sunset Concert Series Telluride
Summer Concert Series Steamboat Springs
BottleRock Napa

Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival
Salmonfest Music Festival
Lightning in a Bottle
Smoke in the Valley
Blues, Brews and BBQ
The Huckleberry Jam
Tremblant International Blues Festival
High Sierra Music Festival
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Gerald Ford Amphitheatre
SummerSound @ Tanglewood
Enclave de Agua
Bastianich Music Festival
Festival Internacional Canaries Jazz & Mas


Third Wall Chronicles (2017)
Jukestone Paradise (2015)
Janxta Funk! (2011)
High Steppin (2008)


Thievery Corporation
Trombone Shorty
Michael Franti & Spearhead
George Clinton & Parliament
Sheila E


100k monthly listeners
"Janxta Funk!" 2.5mil streams


Press Quotes

"As long as they keep putting out albums, I’ll keep listening." ~Okayplayer

"It has it all: soul, funk, punk, afrobeat, rap. I've not heard anything quite like it." ~NPR

“There’s not a single low-energy moment through the album’s 10 songs...Perfect for a long run or a raging house party, Jukestone Paradise is all about having fun.” ~Relix

"Pimps of Joytime prove funk is still very much alive and well." ~Afrobeat Blog

"A no-nonsense distillation of the most infectious elements of party funk, with a welcoming approach that emphasizes peaceful good times." ~The Independent (UK)

“A name like Pimps of Joytime seems to automatically conjure up images of a bootyshaking, soul sweating, good time. And that is exactly how frontman Brian J likes it.” ~Marquee Magazine

"Think Santana, Chic and the Meters infused with more punch for the modern dance floor." ~Washington Post

"Tight and meaty party-funk rhythms" ~Time Out NY

"One of the most acclaimed live funk acts currently touring." ~JamBase

"When in doubt, there should always be the hot intensity of a soul-filled funk album to get the blood pumping, and Jukestone Paradise may be it for this year." ~SLUG Magazine

"Visceral in all of the best ways possible." ~PopMatters

"The Pimps’ main mission is getting folks on the dance floor, and they embrace that goal with gusto." ~Soul Tracks

"Pimps of Joytime are steeped in New Orleans influences, which gives its funk sound an extra sense of urgency and celebration." ~Westword

"I haven’t heard funk this good in years." ~World Music Central

"A high energy, funky party that you’d happily expect to stumble upon in New Orleans and never want to leave." ~Sensible Reason

"They can get your hips shakin’ in seconds flat." ~The Waster

"A no-nonsense distillation of the most infectious elements of party funk, with a welcoming approach that emphasizes peaceful good times." ~The Independent (UK)

"The Pimps’ musical concoction serves as a testament to the vital musical movement of New Orleans, but theirs is also flavored by Latin, Afrobeat, salsa, and pop and redressed with an urban sophistication." ~PopDose

"Impossibly fun." ~The Vinyl District

"Effortlessly groovy beats." ~Seattle Weekly




Matthew Thompson