Party band Fat Daddy Has Been and guest Sweet Leda, of Annapolis, Md., will play a benefit concert at the World Café Live at the Queen, in support of Toys for Tots.


Party band Fat Daddy Has Been and guest Sweet Leda, of Annapolis, Md., will play a benefit concert at the World Café Live at the Queen, in support of Toys for Tots.

The show begins tonight at 9 p.m.

Coming to the Queen
Wilmington’s FDHB, a seven-piece group that includes guitars, saxophones and trumpet, will perform a variety of songs at the Queen, spanning select tracks from each of their three albums (“Fat Daddy Has Been,” “Who Wants Seconds” and “Cannot Kill My Music”). The band will also play a few surprise Christmas songs – but in Fat Daddy’s unique style, said drummer Donny Merrill of Wilmington, who co-founded the band with front man Marcus “Marchitect” Watkins and guitarist Steve Bailey in 2005.

“The whole band is very excited,” Merrill said of the show.

Moreover, Merrill looks forward to sharing the stage with Sweet Leda, an eclectic group whose music blends new school funk, soul and pop.


IF YOU GO

WHAT Fat Daddy Has Been in concert at World Cafe Livé at the Queen

WHEN 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22

WHERE World Café Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington  

COST $13 advance tickets; $16 day of show tickets

INFO worldcafelive.com

Divergent influences
It’s hard to categorize FDHB into one genre, since the group draws influences from everywhere, including “anything from Stevie Wonder, to Incubus, to 311, even some Sublime and even the Black Eyed Peas,” said Merrill, adding, the group’s music contains dashes of hip-hop, jazz, as well as rock, reggae and other musical flavors.

“Are we [a] rock [band]? Are we reggae?” Merrill questioned. “We don’t really [fit] into one genre.”

The group’s horn section, established in 2006, has helped the group refine its sound, setting it apart from most bands in popular music today. The sound is illustrated on their album “Cannot Kill My Music,” which features appearances from Philadelphia, Pa., rappers Dice Raw and The Last Emperor.

Bass player Vince Cirino, of Wilmington, is the newest member of FDHB (having joined the group less than 11 months ago).

When asked what attracted him to the band, he responded: “The horns, baby.”

New album
During the beginning of 2012, FDHB will record tracks for their fourth album, slated for release later in the year. One of the songs the band will record for the album, which is currently untitled, will be “Beer Goggles” – a party tune that suggests the band sounds better when the listener is inebriated, Merrill said.

Fat Daddy origins
FDHB’s name originated many moons ago when Bailey and Merrill (who were playing in the band Grinch at the time) were hanging out at a bar with friends, making fun of themselves, joking that they were “a bunch of has-beens” who were “getting older,” Merrill said.

Somehow the name Fat Daddy Has Been surfaced during the guys’ ragging session “and it stuck,” he said.

More than five years, three albums, and more than four different incarnations of the band later, FDHB continues to keep the wheels on its musical train rolling.