Revitalizing Funk & Soul with a new twist, Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection has been stirring up a ton of noise on the Northwest music scene. Led by trumpeter Farnell Newton, who currently tours with Jill Scott and Bootsy Collins, The Othership Connection brings a sound that blends the old with the new. They are gaining a reputation of funkin’ up stages all night long.
Trumpeter Newton is one of the most versatile musicians and educators in the region, playing straight-ahead jazz, funk, Latin music, soul, hip hop, and more. In the last year, Newton toured with three-time Grammy Winner and award winning Actress Jill Scott. Farnell has also performed with a who’s who of world-class artists including Stevie Wonder, Bootsy Collins, Karl Denson, Lettuce, George Duke, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, and more!
Drummer extraordinaire Tyrone Hendrix is one of the more sought after drummers in the industry. He has appeared on national television with singer and Prince’s New Power Generation band-mate Liv Warfield, on The Jimmy Fallon, and Arsenio Hall shows. Bassist Marquay Seamster is an in-demand bassist and well-rounded musical director. He currently performs with Mike Phillips, Liv Warfield, Tim Snider and many other artists in the NW. Kyle Molitor began playing trombone at the age of 12. Currently Kyle is performing with the legendary Bootsy Collins, Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, and with the Rose City Horns. The Youngest member of the band, guitarist Agyel Ptah – Hotep Marshall brings a funkadelic rock edge to complete the band as a whole. You never know what he is going to do next while on the stage. Vocalist Arietta Ward, the daughter of legendary Portland pianist, the late Janice Scroggins, has a diverse musical background and versatility that has allowed her to share the stage with great artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Obo Addy, Linda Hornbuckle, Curtis Salgado, and many others.
“Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection – the funk to feed your soul” – Eugene Register-Guard
“Like his fellow barons of brass Jeff Bradshaw, Saunders Sermons and Trombone Shorty, Farnell has truly proven that he is equally capable of being a member of the band or a solo act.”– SoulBounce