Friends of the funk junk

Funktion Junction knows what it takes to bring down the house. Tuning shows to suit the venue, event and crowd size, the band is perfect for all kinds of occasions. From fundraisers and art shows to block parties and barbecues, they create an atmosphere that is undeniable and fun for everyone. Here are a few FJ friends that love to step in and make the shows extra special.
Johnny McGhee - Lead/Rhythm Guitar & Vocals


Since the early '70s, this talented guitarist and arranger has been a subtle presence in a variety of funk-related music. John’s roots are in jazz, soul and R&B, including playing with George Duke, Marvin Gaye and Natalie Cole. John’s work culminated as a core member of L.T.D. John helped produce Les McCann’s 1979 Tall, Dark and Handsome album, along with virgin mixing of The Scotti Brothers Funk Club. 

Johnny has dozens of writing and production credits to his name, many Top-40 songs, two Gold albums and one Platinum album.

Johnny McGhee - Lead/Rhythm Guitar & Vocals

Since the early '70s, this talented guitarist and arranger has been a subtle presence in a variety of funk-related music. John’s roots are in jazz, soul and R&B, including playing with George Duke, Marvin Gaye and Natalie Cole. John’s work culminated as a core member of L.T.D. John helped produce Les McCann’s 1979 Tall, Dark and Handsome album, along with virgin mixing of The Scotti Brothers Funk Club.

Johnny has dozens of writing and production credits to his name, many Top-40 songs, two Gold albums and one Platinum album.

Steven Reichel - Saxophone

Steve grew up in Minneapolis with Two Jazz Musician Parents where he literally cut his teeth on Count Basie and Sarah Vaughn records. At a very young age Steve was hooked on music. He started his musical career after graduating from the US Army School of Music where he played in numerous bands in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Steve played and wrote for local musicians for many years around Minneapolis then retired from Music to pursue other career opportunities. 20 years later, Steve came back to music with a mature, but new understanding of his goals as a Musician and Artist. Steve is passionate about delivering a great show to his audience and is always trying to be better than he was last week.

Steven Reichel - Saxophone

Steve grew up in Minneapolis with Two Jazz Musician Parents where he literally cut his teeth on Count Basie and Sarah Vaughn records. At a very young age Steve was hooked on music. He started his musical career after graduating from the US Army School of Music where he played in numerous bands in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Steve played and wrote for local musicians for many years around Minneapolis then retired from Music to pursue other career opportunities. 20 years later, Steve came back to music with a mature, but new understanding of his goals as a Musician and Artist. Steve is passionate about delivering a great show to his audience and is always trying to be better than he was last week.

Marc Zee - Keyboards

Marc Ziegenhagen (Marc Z.) developed an early interest in playing piano at age 3, and soon began learning music from movies, TV and off the radio by ear. By age 13, he had developed a large enough repertoire to form a band with local musicians. Marc soon discovered a love for Jazz Fusion and Progressive Rock and immersed himself in the music of Yes, Rush, Gentle Giant, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever and King Crimson.

At age 17, Marc joined a traveling bar band playing Classic Rock and the Top 40 music of the day. Having taken an interest in more intricate music than he was able to interpret on his own, and also wanting to be able to write music on paper without an instrument handy, he modeled himself after rock guitarist Steve Vai by enrolling in The Berklee College of Music in Boston at age 19. It was there that Marc immersed himself in the transcription and performance of the music of Frank Zappa. Using “The Frank Zappa Guitar Book” and other transcriptions as guides, Marc taught himself how to transcribe Zappa’s music. Over the next several years, he would lead several ensembles at Berklee and elsewhere in performances of FZ’s and others’ music.

At age 23, Marc was invited to participate in and transcribe music for “Zappa’s Universe,” a 4-night celebration at The Ritz in NYC involving a 30-piece orchestra and rock band made up of notable Zappa Alumni. The PolyGram CD release of this performance won a Grammy in 1992 for “Best Rock Instrumental”.

Marc went on to freelance in music performance and production in the Twin Cities. During this time, he also toured briefly with guitarist Jonny Lang, as well as nationally & in Holland with Mike Keneally, formerly guitarist with Frank Zappa and Steve Vai. He also recorded and appeared on 2 of Keneally’s CD’s with his at-the-time band “Beer for Dolphins.” Marc also went on to participate in the formation and performance of a group presenting the music of Steely Dan, and later the founding of a Radiohead tribute-band of sorts called “What’s That? (a Radiohead Project).”

To date, Marc continues to work in music performance, composition, private instruction, recording and music transcription. Marc is also active with “Paranoid Dandroid,” a Minneapolis-based experimental/improvisational group with co-founder Daniel DeMuth on drums.

Marc Zee - Keyboards

Marc Ziegenhagen (Marc Z.) developed an early interest in playing piano at age 3, and soon began learning music from movies, TV and off the radio by ear. By age 13, he had developed a large enough repertoire to form a band with local musicians. Marc soon discovered a love for Jazz Fusion and Progressive Rock and immersed himself in the music of Yes, Rush, Gentle Giant, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever and King Crimson.

At age 17, Marc joined a traveling bar band playing Classic Rock and the Top 40 music of the day. Having taken an interest in more intricate music than he was able to interpret on his own, and also wanting to be able to write music on paper without an instrument handy, he modeled himself after rock guitarist Steve Vai by enrolling in The Berklee College of Music in Boston at age 19. It was there that Marc immersed himself in the transcription and performance of the music of Frank Zappa. Using “The Frank Zappa Guitar Book” and other transcriptions as guides, Marc taught himself how to transcribe Zappa’s music. Over the next several years, he would lead several ensembles at Berklee and elsewhere in performances of FZ’s and others’ music.

At age 23, Marc was invited to participate in and transcribe music for “Zappa’s Universe,” a 4-night celebration at The Ritz in NYC involving a 30-piece orchestra and rock band made up of notable Zappa Alumni. The PolyGram CD release of this performance won a Grammy in 1992 for “Best Rock Instrumental”.

Marc went on to freelance in music performance and production in the Twin Cities. During this time, he also toured briefly with guitarist Jonny Lang, as well as nationally & in Holland with Mike Keneally, formerly guitarist with Frank Zappa and Steve Vai. He also recorded and appeared on 2 of Keneally’s CD’s with his at-the-time band “Beer for Dolphins.” Marc also went on to participate in the formation and performance of a group presenting the music of Steely Dan, and later the founding of a Radiohead tribute-band of sorts called “What’s That? (a Radiohead Project).”

To date, Marc continues to work in music performance, composition, private instruction, recording and music transcription. Marc is also active with “Paranoid Dandroid,” a Minneapolis-based experimental/improvisational group with co-founder Daniel DeMuth on drums.

Jesse Mueller - Keyboards

This versatile young keyboardist from Minneapolis plays with the fire of the funk/jazz masters. Jesse is a musician's musician, hanging by the edge of the stage, but oh so prominent in forming the sound of the 10 Twin Cities bands with which he performs. His stylings in jazz, fusion, funk, rock, country, gospel, blues, r&b, Latin jazz and hip hop, provide greater depth to their sound and to the numerous other Twin Cities acts he performs with every week.

Jesse has recently returned from a six-month tour of the Bahamas with Carnival Cruise Lines. He is currently available to shine with your band in the Upper Midwest or touring.

Jesse Mueller - Keyboards

This versatile young keyboardist from Minneapolis plays with the fire of the funk/jazz masters. Jesse is a musician's musician, hanging by the edge of the stage, but oh so prominent in forming the sound of the 10 Twin Cities bands with which he performs. His stylings in jazz, fusion, funk, rock, country, gospel, blues, r&b, Latin jazz and hip hop, provide greater depth to their sound and to the numerous other Twin Cities acts he performs with every week.

Jesse has recently returned from a six-month tour of the Bahamas with Carnival Cruise Lines. He is currently available to shine with your band in the Upper Midwest or touring.

Pierre Lewis - Keyboards

Pierre Lewis - Keyboards

Anita Cracauer - Keyboards, Singer/Songwriter

Anita Cracauer - Keyboards, Singer/Songwriter