AKITA is a 5-piece funk band out of Charlotte NC started by drummer Patrick Buckley and bassist Zak Ferrell. Once you add in saxophonist Charlie Lamprecht, Dan Hamalainen on trombone, Tomi Gulden on organ, and Sam Farnham on lead guitar their sound becomes an unstoppable force of funk that you can’t help but move to.


Taking cues from legendary funk bands such as James Brown, The Meters, Lettuce, Maceo Parker, Vulfpeck, Sly & The Family Stone, George Clinton, Tower of Power and others they infuse a new twist on funk incorporating reggae and elements of funk-rock into their songs. They have curated their own party “Culture Shift” with the intention of growing their name in the local Charlotte scene and the Southeast as a whole.


They have built a strong following in a relatively short period of time considering the band officially formed in October of 2017. With weekly rehearsals lasting up to 7 hours, much of their initial traction is due to their emphasis on writing memorable melodies and deep grooves that are undeniably built to make you move!