Our Story

Funktion Junction is the brain child of Gary Hodges. Partnering with Big Mike Mothershed - they decided to combine their musical visions and grew it  into the most premier and entertaining show bands in the nation. Please meet the stars of the show:   

Gary Hodges

Gary Hodges hails from Peoria,  IL,  but was raised in the Twin Cities. Gary attended the University of Minnesota as a Vocal Performance Major. 

He sang briefly with Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company and did chorus work with the Minnesota Opera before completing "Black Olive", his first solo project on a local record label. Gary has been singing and collaborating with local artists like Debbie Duncan, Robert "Eddie" Robertson, Lori Dokken, and Sanford Moore for over 18 years.

Gary Hodges

Gary Hodges hails from Peoria, IL, but was raised in the Twin Cities. Gary attended the University of Minnesota as a Vocal Performance Major.

He sang briefly with Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company and did chorus work with the Minnesota Opera before completing "Black Olive", his first solo project on a local record label. Gary has been singing and collaborating with local artists like Debbie Duncan, Robert "Eddie" Robertson, Lori Dokken, and Sanford Moore for over 18 years.

"Big Mike" Mothershed

Born in Kansas City, he started out as a child prodigy gospel singer He then spent 13 years in the U.S military while working part-time as a studio background singer. His talents allowed him to be pursued to perform voiceovers for the r&b division at Capitol Records, Inc in L.A. He performed background vocal tracks and voice-overs for national r&b acts, Epic Recording legends, Luther Vandross and Jeffery Osborne.

He has competed and won countless vocal contests nationally and is renowned for being able to recreate the Motown, Stax and Philly Sound of balladeers, past and present. His tenor and baritone command of vocals along with his confidence is entertaining and allows him to engage any audience who loves r&b/funk or just good dance music.

"Big Mike" Mothershed

Born in Kansas City, he started out as a child prodigy gospel singer He then spent 13 years in the U.S military while working part-time as a studio background singer. His talents allowed him to be pursued to perform voiceovers for the r&b division at Capitol Records, Inc in L.A. He performed background vocal tracks and voice-overs for national r&b acts, Epic Recording legends, Luther Vandross and Jeffery Osborne.

He has competed and won countless vocal contests nationally and is renowned for being able to recreate the Motown, Stax and Philly Sound of balladeers, past and present. His tenor and baritone command of vocals along with his confidence is entertaining and allows him to engage any audience who loves r&b/funk or just good dance music.

Ralph Hale

Originally from Massachusetts, Ralph is a relative newcomer to the Twin Cities. He has broad experience playing the Jazz, R&B and Pop club circuits in Boston, and Los Angeles. 

He has performed with jazz greats Phil Woods and Jimmy Mosher, Latin jazz stars Francisco Loyo and Lallo Carillo, and studied extensively with the funk-meister, David Garibaldi of Tower of Power. Sound, groove and musicality are some key elements that Ralph brings to his playing.

Ralph Hale

Originally from Massachusetts, Ralph is a relative newcomer to the Twin Cities. He has broad experience playing the Jazz, R&B and Pop club circuits in Boston, and Los Angeles.

He has performed with jazz greats Phil Woods and Jimmy Mosher, Latin jazz stars Francisco Loyo and Lallo Carillo, and studied extensively with the funk-meister, David Garibaldi of Tower of Power. Sound, groove and musicality are some key elements that Ralph brings to his playing.

Tim Rummelhoff

*1973-77 Alto & tenor sax in the Minneapolis R&B combo, "The  Explodo  Boys" 
*1978-83 Alto & tenor sax with "Barry Goldberg & The Highway 52 Band"
*1979-83 Alto & tenor sax with auxiliary horn section of "The Wallets"
*1980-85 Co-founder and tenor sax/vocalist of "The Sweaters"
* 2010 - Tenor sax with "Midnight Mo." & Semi-regular with "The Rich Lewis Band,"
"Old Soul," and "Barry Goldberg & Friends"
*2012 Tenor sax with "Mystic Funk"

In addition to his musical talents, Tim is an excellent professional photographer!

Tim Rummelhoff

1973-77 Alto & tenor sax in the Minneapolis R&B combo, "The Explodo Boys" 1978-83 Alto & tenor sax with "Barry Goldberg & The Highway 52 Band" 1979-83 Alto & tenor sax with auxiliary horn section of "The Wallets" 1980-85 Co-founder and tenor sax/vocalist of "The Sweaters" * 2010 - Tenor sax with "Midnight Mo." & Semi-regular with "The Rich Lewis Band," "Old Soul," and "Barry Goldberg & Friends" *2012 Tenor sax with "Mystic Funk"

In addition to his musical talents, Tim is an excellent professional photographer!

Viola Jordan-Kill - Lead Female VocalistShe hails from Joliet, IL. A lsinger song writer - she excels in every genre. He energy, sex appeal, command of the audience and awesome voice is 2nd to none. She has international experience and therefore a veteran and a true professional. She is instantly loved by all that see and hear her perform!!!

Viola Jordan-Kill - Lead Female VocalistShe hails from Joliet, IL. A lsinger song writer - she excels in every genre. He energy, sex appeal, command of the audience and awesome voice is 2nd to none. She has international experience and therefore a veteran and a true professional. She is instantly loved by all that see and hear her perform!!!

HENRY LINDER

Guitarist

At age 11, Henry picked up a friend's acoustic guitar with only three strings and started playing popular TV theme songs. After hearing his next door neighbor cousin play House of the Rising Sun on his electric guitar, he was hooked! He soon purchased his cousin's guitar and amp and learned by ear to play popular songs from the 60's. He and a friend from Church formed a band that performed their first gig at their 7th grade school dance. Then in high school, they played at local events and college parties. When Henry enrolled at UW-Stout in  Menomonie, Wisconsin, he joined a band called Smoke, a high-energy rock group. Smoke embraced the 50's return by adding a 2-hour Back to the 50's show called Hurst and the Shifters, performing both acts the same night! Doing shows in Ashland, Green Bay, Madison, Eau Claire and Decorah, Iowa! After a short stint with a group called Dancer, playing Led Zeppelin, Yes, type rock, Henry moved back to  the Twin Cities in the late 70s, joining a band called Brandy. Then on to Woodbridge up to the early 80s. He  performed with Snak Attack for 10 years and now enjoys his time performing with Function Junction and the rock band
Sugur Buzz.