The Settlement is a funk-fusion jam band from Huntington, WV. Cleverly combining rowdy rock riffs, complex jazz harmonies, funky bass lines, dreamy pop melodies, jammin’ reggae grooves and a multitude of diverse world music influences, the eclectic ensemble truly offers something for everyone. Each member has their own unique flavor and contributes to the bands’ vast array of sounds. Each set is different from the last, offering an original live performance that thrives on energy, improvisation, communication and creativity.

The Settlement released their debut album on September 23rd, 2016.

In 2019, the band released four singles. “Surrender”, “Work”, “Possibility”, and “Today”, with their fifth single “Questions” releasing the following year.

In 2021, the band released their most challenging work yet titled “Departures” which explores the more progressive, technical side of The Settlement. They also released a music video for the albums featured song titled “Stars.”

Departures follow up album, “Departures II” released April 22, 2022 and builds onto the progressive side by adding a heavier tinge to the bands sound.

 

 

Notable Performances:

Festivals

Mountain Music Festival, 9th St Live, The First Settlement Festival, Funktafest (x5), Groovin With The Grove, Live on the Levee, Ohio River Sternwheel Festival (x3), The Heap Festival (x2), WV Food Truck Festival, FestivALL, Sweatstock, Pink Moon, O Fest, CLUSTXR, Shindig, Folk & Funk Riverfest, Howlin In The Alley (x4), Pumpkin Fest, Stinkfest, Create Lovington (x2), Springfest, Blacklight Forest, Portstock (x4), Mighty Mudd Fest, Rails & Ales, Riverfront Roar, WV Made Festival, Sustainability Fair (x3), 1100BAM, FEST, Relay for Life, Westmorlapalooza, Glassapalooza (x2), Manifest, Kicks For Kids, Rockin’ The River, Woodville Carnival, and the Huntington Music & Arts Fest.

Venues

(KY)Abettor Brewing Company, Magbar, Getfiddle Custom Shop.

(NC) Bull’s Tavern, One World Brewing West, Big Boss Brewery, Mad Katz, The TApp Room, Wahoo’s Tavern, Common Grounds, Jimmy’s at Red Dogs, and Sycamore Brewing Company.

(OH) TheSummit Music Hall, Steiner’s Speakeasy, Woodlands Tavern, The Ottawa Tavern, Casa Nueva, The Lafeyette, Uncle Bucks Dancing Barn, Jimmie’s Ladder 11, The Adelphia Music Hall, Marietta Brewing Company, Over The Moon.

(TN) The Hideaway, Bloom Cafe & Listening Room.

(PA)  Hambone’s

(WV) The V Club, The Grove, The Boulevard Tavern, 123 Pleasant St, Melody’s, Rock City Cake Company, Foster’s Main Street Tavern, The Empty Glass, The Lost Paddle, Rendezvous River Lodge, The Purple Fiddle, The Cocktail Bar, Fairplain Yacht Club, Crosscreek on Main, The Shop, Sam’s Uptonw Cafe, Valley Park, Weathered Ground Brewery, Big Spring Fork, The Burrito Bar, The Marigold, Heritage Station, Arrowhead Bike Farm, Black Sheep Stage, The Huntington Ale House, The Blue Parrot, Harris Riverfront Park, The Peacock Pub, Black Bear Burritos, and many more.

The Settlement has shared the stage with:

West Virginia Bands

Ona, Fletchers Grove, The M.F.B., Beggars Clan, The Tangled Roots, Of The Dell, Black Garlic, The Kind Thieves, The Company Stores, Berth, Friendly Fire, Shelem, Heavy Hitters, Scroungehound, Massing, Qiet, Rasta Rafiki, The Carpenter Ants, Stratus, Downtown King, The Horse Traders, Moonshine Crossing, Voodoo Circuit, GrooveHeavy, Dinosaur Burps, Charlie Brown Superstar, Maggie, Hello June, Boulevard Avenue, Creek Don’t Rise, and many more.

Regional Bands

Sasha Collette & The Magnolias, Doctor Ocular, Opposite Box, Ernie Johnson From Detriot, Casey & The Comrades, Medicated Sunfish, Imperial Blend, Acid Cats, Brother Smith, The Mantras, The Wright Avenue, Twisted River Junction, Donnie & The Dry Heavers, Broccoli Samurai,  Echo Mecca, Hellnaw, Cutler Station, Vessel, The Southern Belles, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, Short & Company, American Spirits, and many more.

Touring Acts

Tyler Childers, Big Something, Lettuce, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Tauk, Litz, Zach Deputy, Freakbass, After Funk, Tropidelic, Funk You, Blackfoot Gypsies, Electric Orange Peel, Larry Keel Experience, Vintage Pistol, White Wolf (formerly Mateo Monk), Marbin, Cletus T. Judd, Wayland, and The Ying Yang Twins.

Testimonials

 

This band from southern West Virginia is truly a cool breeze of fresh, new, refined sound.  Our booking company has brought them to North Carolina on numerous occasions now and they seem to get better with ever lingering note.  They are original, they are a dance party, and they are significantly well rehearsed. Tremendous stage presence, but all of these qualities pale in comparison to their most defining one which is that they are great people. They care about your experience with their music, and you will surely care about their experience with your presence after falling in love with this unit. We’ve had them as our guests, and they’ve played host to other artists on our roster, all striving to transcend thought and energy through music. You cannot go wrong booking this group.

Charles Frank

Founder of Uncle John's Bone Booking Company

The Settlement’s sound has evolved so much over the course of their existence, but yet it still remains familiarly “The Settlement”.  I love hearing and listening first-hand how their sound continues to refine over the years, with tighter and more complex, nuanced arrangements incorporating elements of jazz fusion, rock, jam, funk, and groove in their composition.  Known for their captivating performances, I’m proud of how they’ve continually raised their bar and really made a mark for themselves in the region and beyond. In my opinion, the best of The Settlement is still yet ahead in the horizon.

Funkle Sam

The M.F.B.

The Settlement is one of my favorite bands to host at my venue The Grove WV, AND at my home! Fantastic musicians, with great originals, choice covers and the chops to execute flawlessly. And they’re just a great bunch of people. I look forward to every date they play here!

Lewis Rinehart

Owner and Operator of The Grove and Secret Sandwich Society

Testimonials

 

This band from southern West Virginia is truly a cool breeze of fresh, new, refined sound.  Our booking company has brought them to North Carolina on numerous occasions now and they seem to get better with ever lingering note.  They are original, they are a dance party, and they are significantly well rehearsed. Tremendous stage presence, but all of these qualities pale in comparison to their most defining one which is that they are great people. They care about your experience with their music, and you will surely care about their experience with your presence after falling in love with this unit. We’ve had them as our guests, and they’ve played host to other artists on our roster, all striving to transcend thought and energy through music. You cannot go wrong booking this group.

Charles Frank

Founder of Uncle John's Bone Booking Company

The Settlement’s sound has evolved so much over the course of their existence, but yet it still remains familiarly “The Settlement”.  I love hearing and listening first-hand how their sound continues to refine over the years, with tighter and more complex, nuanced arrangements incorporating elements of jazz fusion, rock, jam, funk, and groove in their composition.  Known for their captivating performances, I’m proud of how they’ve continually raised their bar and really made a mark for themselves in the region and beyond. In my opinion, the best of The Settlement is still yet ahead in the horizon.

Funkle Sam

The M.F.B.

The Settlement is one of my favorite bands to host at my venue The Grove WV, AND at my home! Fantastic musicians, with great originals, choice covers and the chops to execute flawlessly. And they’re just a great bunch of people. I look forward to every date they play here!

Lewis Rinehart

Owner and Operator of The Grove and Secret Sandwich Society

In The News

For The Settlement, each trip on stage is a new journey

With a group of accomplished musicians onboard, The Settlement are able to bring improvisation as well as fun to their unique music. It is the No. 1 creative outlet for Settle, though he is surrounded by other aspects of the musical experience…

| Derek Halsey, Herald Dispatch

Dave Lavender: Celebrating local music and some big ideas

 …and the evening closer The Settlement – Colten Settle’s festival main stage ready tribe that now has ace ax-man Mike Parker shifting over from bass to guitar after bassist Rebecca Harrison joined the band. Look for some big things from The Settlement which took an already full and tight-sounding band (which includes Molly Page on violin) and made it even better.

| Dave Lavender, Herald Dispatch

The Settlement band to release new music, return to Huntington to perform

The Settlement may have over four years’ experience, but like a musical chameleon, the band’s style is only continuing to grow and change. Colten Settle, The Settlement’s lead guitarist, singer and founder, said he has been writing and playing music for years, and The Settlement was the result when two of his previous bands blended together…

| Amanda Larch, The Parthenon

The Settlement Performs In Studio 3

The Settlement performed live on Studio 3 ahead of their show this weekend at Funktafest.

| Studio 3, WSAZ

Two local bands with a funky beat to perform at Live on the Levee

Everyone gets in a funk now and then. Two local bands performing at Live on the Levee this weekend can help put things back in the groove…

| Jeff Morris, WCHS

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