A nine piece soul and funk explosion out of Sacramento that could be described as Jamiroqui meets J. Geils, Joy & Madness has been rocking stages all over the West Coast since inception. They have shared the stage with the likes of Tower of Power, Collective Soul, The Monophonics, the Motet, and the Pimps of Joytime, Dumpstaphunk, and Trombone Shorty and bring a live performance which leaves everybody inspired, sweaty, and full of joy.
Joy & Madness began with 5 core members who met in a previous local project. They added long-time Sacramento funkateer, Miss Nyxi on bass, and the prolific funk guitarist, Bobby G. Bobby G, who had played with and produced the likes of Earth, Wind, and Fire, Sheila E, Lionel Richie among others, had a chance encounter with Miss Nyxi after sitting in with Tower of Power's Roger Smith. After Miss Nyxi introduced him to Joy & Madness he added his impeccable funk chops, production skills and musical ingenuity to the band. The addition of world percussionist Ryan Sacco cemented the layer of groove. With a raucous mix of raw stonesy energy, pulsing groove, and juicy horn lines coloring tightly crafted songs that bring a modern classic pop sensibility to a new age of joyous funk and soul, Joy & Madness reaches audiences in a way that few live performers can. Front man and vocalist Hans Eberbach brings so much freewheeling energy to the stage, he has literally broken right through the floorboards. His raw, open connection with the audience breaks down barriers and pulls everyone together into the excitement of the experience.
The band's new EP, Little Bright World was released in November of 2015 at a Sacramento's Crest Theater. Ozomatli shared the bill for a rousing and memorable performance. Since then Little Bright World has begun spinning on terrestrial and internet radio stations around the world. The band's two EPs have won both Indpendent Music Awards and Akademia Music Awards and begun to garner glowing reviews. Joy and Madness will be performing at festivals and clubs along the west coast throughout 2016.