Strictly Fine performs a high-energy set in WDET’s live studio

The 7-piece funk ensemble joined CultureShift to play a few songs, share a few stories and have a few laughs.

seven guys pose with various instruments in front of the WDET logo with CultureShift's Tia Graham

Strictly Fine poses with Tia Graham (right) in the WDET live studio on Dec. 21, 2022.

It’s not everyday that you hear such an energetic musical performance on public radio. Strictly Fine is a 7-piece funk ensemble who describes themselves as “a well-oiled Funk Machine Grande Supreme, double dipped in a vat of funk acid and served with chicken sandwiches and Mario Kart.”

The ensemble consists of Rick Enrico Morrone on bass, Sean Perlmutter on drums and cymbals, Eric Childress II on additional drums, Garret Gaina on saxophone, Dave Vessella on trumpet, Chris Kendall on vocals and Mike Harrison on keys and guitar.

The group joined CultureShift in-studio to chat about their musical journey so far and play a few groovy tunes.

“One of the things I love about this band is that it’s almost entirely a collaborative effort. There’s not really a leader, there’s not one guy who’s like, ‘Here’s how we’re doing it. Here’s what we’re doing…’ Everyone has brought something to the table.” — Strictly Fine

They’re playing a show at 342 Bar & Grill in Dearborn Heights on Saturday, Jan. 21. You can also keep up with the band on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.