Big Tony and Trouble Funk has served as ambassadors for DC's Go-Go music for over 45 years, with performances nationally and internationally. The band formed as Trouble Funk in 1978, and the lineup consisted of bassist and vocalist Big Tony Fisher, keyboard and vocalist Robert Reed, trombonist Gerald Reed, drummer and vocalist Emmet Nixon, percussionists Mack Carey and Timothius Davis, guitarist Chester Davis, trumpeter and vocals Taylor Reed, keyboard player James Avery, and saxophonist David Rudd. The group earned a loyal fan base for their notoriously can't-miss live performances of their funky-innovative sound, organized around audience participation along with call and response.
Keyboard player Robert "Syke Dyke" Reed passed away at age 50 on April 13, 2008, from pancreatic cancer. In spite of this tremendous loss, Big Tony was determined to keep the Trouble Funk name alive by playing often for nostalgic party goers as well as the musically curious. Today, Big Tony and Trouble Funk continue to remain a force on the music scene and continue to create new music with their unique and innovative style, as one of the major pioneers of the Go-Go culture.
Big Tony and Trouble Funk have toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan, performing with artists such as Foo Fighters, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Los Lobos, UB40, James Brown, War, Elvis Costello, Big Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, Minor Threat, LL Cool J, and many others. Most notably, Big Tony and Trouble Funk performed with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for "Taking The Stage," celebrating the opening of the National African American Museum of History and Culture, hosted by Oprah Winfrey and attended by President Barack Obama and other dignitaries. They also performed at Madison Square Garden with UB40, RFK Stadium, co-headlined at the Cal Jam in California with the Foo Fighters, and at the Merriweather Post Pavilion with Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan.
Big Tony and Trouble Funk produced several hit records on their own record label as well as being signed to Sugar Hill Records, Sony UK and Island Records. This show-stopping group has had their music sampled on many hit records by artists such as LL Cool J, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Teddy Riley, George Michael and many others resulting in receiving gold certified records with artists such as Kelly Roland and platinum awards with Will Smith and the 2 Live Crew, becoming one of seven contributors selected by the Hip-Hop Museum to earn Hall of Fame status after being honored as "one of the most sampled groups in music history."
Most recently, Big Tony and Trouble Funk headlined shows at Wolf Trap Pavilion two years in a row and is scheduled for a third in 2023. They co-headlined the "What the Funk" Tour in Indianapolis and the band plays on. Soon to celebrate their 50-year anniversary/reunion in the music industry, Big Tony and Trouble Funk show no signs of slowing down!