George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.
Born in Kannapolis, NC, on July 22, 1941, Clinton became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey during the early ’50s. . Basing his group on Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Clinton formed The Parliaments in 1955, rehearsing in the back room of a Plainfield barbershop where he straightened hair. The Parliaments released only two singles during the next ten years, but frequent trips to Detroit during the mid-’60s – where Clinton began working as a songwriter and producer – eventually paid off their investment.
The Parliaments finally had a hit with the 1967 single “(I Wanna) Testify” for the Detroit-based Revilot Records, but the label ran into trouble and Clinton refused to record any new material. Instead of waiting for a settlement, Clinton decided to record the same band under a new name: Funkadelic. Founded in 1968, the group began life as a smoke screen, claiming as its only members the Parliaments’ backing but in truth including Clinton and the rest of the former Parliaments lineup. Revilot folded not long after, with the label’s existing contracts sold to Atlantic; Clinton, however, decided to abandon the Parliaments name rather than record for the major label.
By 1970, George Clinton had regained the rights to The Parliaments name: he then signed the entire Funkadelic lineup toInvictus Records as Parliament. The group released one album – 1970′s Osmium – and scored a number 30 hit, “The Breakdown,” on the R&B charts in 1971. With Funkadelic firing on all cylinders, however, Clinton decided to discontinueParliament (the name, not the band) for the time being.
Inspired by Motown‘s assembly line of sound, George Clinton gradually put together a collective of over 50 musicians and recorded the ensemble during the ’70s both as Parliament and Funkadelic. While Funkadelic pursued band-format psychedelic rock, Parliament engaged in a funk free-for-all, blending influences from the godfathers (James Brown and Sly Stone) with freaky costumes and themes inspired by ’60s acid culture and science fiction. From its 1970 inception until Clinton’s dissolving ofParliament in 1980, Clinton hit the R&B Top Ten several times but truly excelled in two other areas: large-selling, effective album statements and the most dazzling, extravagant live show in the business. In an era when Philly soul continued the slick sounds of establishment-approved R&B, Parliament / Funkadelic scared off more white listeners than it courted. (Ironically, today Clinton’s audiences are a cross-cultural mix of music lovers from 8 to 80.)
1978-79 was the most successful year in Parliament/Funkadelic history: Parliament hit the charts first with “Flash Light,” P-Funk’s first R&B number one. “Aqua Boogie” would hit number one as well late in the year, but Funkadelic‘s title track to “One Nation Under a Groove” spent six weeks at the top spot on the R&B charts during the summer. The album, which reflected a growing consistency in styles between Parliament and Funkadelic, became the first Funkadelic LP to reach platinum (the same year that Parliament‘s “Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome” did the same). In 1979, Funkadelic‘s “(Not Just) Knee Deep” hit number one as well, and its album (“Uncle Jam Wants You”) also reached platinum status.
Read more here: http://georgeclinton.com
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
For nearly three decades, Karl Denson has been electrifying adoring audiences around the world. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band and garnered critical acclaim as one of the founders of boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars. More recently, Denson joined Slightly Stoopid, while his primary creative vehicle, Tiny Universe, has become a major festival and club attraction. All of which have established his reputation as a modern day soul-funk icon. Denson delivers the latest addition to his oeuvre, a relentless 13-track dance floor grenade entitled, New Ammo.
The album is his debut on Slightly Stoopid’s record label, Stoopid Records, and his first recording since 2009 with the Tiny Universe. Alongside Denson originals like the title track and“Everybody Knows That,” which have become fan favorites from his live sets, he offers up searing versions of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids and “Sure Shot” by The Beastie Boys. He’s joined by a number of special guests, including Mike Dillon, The Cosmic Horns and Nicki Bluhm who adds vocals to the first single “My Baby.” In Denson’s own words: “We’ve finally figured out how to capture in the studio what the Tiny Universe does live. We move around a lot musically, but this record reflects who we are as a band and where we’re headed with our music!”
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Current Lineup Includes:
Karl Denson: Vocals, Sax & Flute
Chris Littlefield: Trumpet
Max MacVeety: Drums
Chris Stillwell: Bass
David Veith: Keyboards
DJ Williams: Guitar
RonKat Spearman’s Katdelic is San Francisco’s hottest band. Katdelic is a Funky Dance Experience perfect for any club or festival. Katdelic is Ronkat Spearman’s brainchild. Projecting a wide range of talents as a composer, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Ronkat Spearman showed an aptitude for music at an early age and developed a unique style, playing guitar left handed but strung for a right handed player. Realizing his gift for making music, Ronkat left his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Los Angeles to pursue his dream. In a short time he wrote many songs that became hits for dozens of artists including Jade, Toni Braxton, El Debarge and Rick James. Ronkat garnered Grammy nominations and was awarded BMI Songwriter of the Year for his song “Don’t Walk Away” (Jade). ” It’s all about the beats for me, coupled with a cold melody and good lyrics. I like to keep my mind open to the pulse of the people because it inspires me, whether I am writing a love song, a dance song or a funky groove.” (RonKat Spearman) His musical skills were further confirmed in 2000 when RonKat was asked by George Clinton to join Parliament Funkadelic. He spent the next ten years touring the world as a guitar player and singer for Parliament Funkadelic, honing his performance skills in the process. While he drew deep inspiration from playing with P Funk, Ronkat continued to develop his own style as a songwriter and composer for what would become his own band – Katdelic. Ronkat is a polished entertainer and Katdelic delivers the goods. The band is a hybrid of rock, funk, soul, and pop; an infectious, sophisticated mix that moves mind and body into a groove that lasts all night long. The Katdelic ensemble features 2 bass players, a horn section, DJ loops and background singers to deliver a wide range of musical textures. Katdelic is the new school sophisticated funky expression for right now – this moment. A tidal wave of musical love coming right at ya. – See more at: http://www.ronkat.net/
Meters Experience feat. Leo Nocentelli
Leo Nocentelli, guitarist, started performing at an early age and soon became
known as the “funkiest, fast-fingered” guitar player of today. Leo, is the lead
guitarist, composer, innovator, and originator of the syncopated funk sound that
defined his musical creations work in THE METERS, an infamous, late 60’s to 70’s,
Funk group, from New Orleans, are known as “The Pioneers of Funk.” As the major
musical songwriter for THE METERS, and penning the song “CISSY STRUT” that
has recognizably stood the test of time, Leo has been credited as one of the 50
top guitarist in the world of ALL TIMES.
Leo has written more than 200 songs, many of which were recorded by definitive
artists such as, Peter Gabriel, Harry Connick, Jr., George Duke, Etta James,
Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, the Neville Brothers, Z.Z. Hill, Albert King,
Patti LaBelle, Ramsey Lewis, Otis Rush and Trombone Shorty.
! Leo has since gone out, as featured with his band, THE METERS EXPERIENCE
developing his style with varied elements that cover blues, rock, rap, jazz and hip/
hop, but, still considers himself mainly a funk musician. He and his band have
performed from coast to coast across the U.S., including appearances at the New
Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as, international tours, including, Tokyo
& Osaka, Japan, Sao Paulo, Brazil and other European, spots.
In addition, to being a GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNING,
recipient, a two time ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME nominee, Leo’s, solo, musical
compositions and contributions has continued to evolve, with appearances on stages
and TV shows alike including “An Evening at the Improv”,“Saturday Night Live!”,
along with the recognition and special guest invitations by the major musical
directors of TV, to appear and perform on live shows, such as, JIMMY FALLON
with THE ROOTS BAND, CONNAN O’BRIEN SHOW with JIMMY VIVINO &
BAND and recently, a special guest invitation, to perform live with PAUL SHAFER,
and the CBS ORCHESTRA on LATE NIGHT with DAVID LETTERMAN.
2014 has brought congratulations to Leo on winning the, R&B/HIP HOP AWARD,
as one of the writers of the song BESERK by multi platinum award winning HipHop
recording artist EMINEM, by BMI (BROADCAST MUSIC, INC.)
Leo Nocentelli and his musical funk creations and incomparable guitar mastery
can be heard on his CD “RHYTHM & RHYMES PART 1”.
Delta Nove, founded and led by LB Funk Fest producer and founder Bobby Easton, is one of Long Beach’s premiere proponents of funk music, with their own distinct twist. Delta Nove’s sound borrows from cultures around the globe, including Brazilian music and drumming, reggae and soca, with a solid funk foundation. This unique blend of drums, guitars, horns, and electronic colors calls to mind the grooves of Parliament Funkadelic, the horns of Earth Wind and Fire, mixed with psychedelic improvisation and a trip around the globe. With over a decade of experience on the road, the veteran band performs at a level only seasoned road-warriors can achieve, and has garnered a strong reputation with audiences from coast to coast as one of the hardest-working and tightest bands on the independent music scene. Delta Nove creates a fresh experience each time; Set lists never repeat, and shows often include surprise guest appearances. This has contributed winning “Best Live Act” for two consecutive years at the Orange County Music Awards and being listed as a “Top Ten Band to See” by Jambase. Additionally, Delta Nove has been on countless national tours and festivals, sharing the stage with the likes of Dr. John, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Burning Spear, Ozomatli, and more. In addition, guests who have played with the band include several members of Parliament Funkadelic, Roy Hargrove, members of Fishbone, Mars Volta, Black Crowes, String Cheese Incident, and more.
Delta Nove is currently touring in support of “Imaginary Conversations,” the band’s eighth full-length release, which features George Clinton as a guest artist, and will continue to spend time in the studio putting out new material.
Sea Funk Brass Band
The Sea Funk Brass Band was started in 2010 with their debut at the second annual Long Beach Funk Fest and is now performing on stage as well as the streets of the 2012 Long Beach Funk Fest. Created by band leader Rob Covacevich, the Sea Funk Brass Band uses jazz and funk to create a fun, Mardi Gras type of atmosphere.
A brass band line up playing traditional and nontraditional 2nd Line music. Jazz and Blues played in a New Orleans style of playing makes up the traditional 2nd Line foundation for this band. The band also combines nontraditional 2nd Line music such as Funk, Rock, and Hip-Hop to give it’s audience just the right dose of sounds.
Brasil Baile Funk
This fierce dance crew brings the current Brazilian funk from Rio to the US! FUNKY BRASIL with Gisella Ferreira is a mixture of Brazilian music & dance ranging from Samba to Baile Funk & Hip-Hop. Funky Brasil is mainly influenced by Baile funk from Rio, this style is about sensual expression and breaking through social injustice and restrictions. Also performing this year will be a dancing duo The Queens of Funk featuring Gisella Ferreira and Simone Morais. Check out Funky Brasil & The Queens of Funk performing alongside Baile Funk DJ Potira. Get ready for the funky fire to set it off on the Queen Mary! For more info on Gisella Ferreira and Funky Brasil: WWW.GISELLASAMBISTA.
Known as Los Angeles’ “Ambassador of Boogie Funk,” Dam-Funk represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere. Headquartered in the Leimert Park section of L.A., Dãm (pronounced: ‘Dame’ as in Damon) spent the last few years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early-’80s styles known as Boogie, Modern Soul and Electro-Funk.
As a DJ/selector, Dãm attracts the most discerning Boogie Funk afficionados within driving distance of his storied Monday-night Funkmosphere parties. But it’s not just collectors at the bar toasting to the melodic sounds. Anyone who grooves to the likes of Slave, Aurra, early Prince, Prelude Records and the like, will get a dose of those groups’ unknown contemporaries – more obscure but equally Funk-worthy.
Music Man Miles
Miles Tackett – Los Angeles, CA – Breakestra, Funky Sole
Music Man Miles is known best for Breakestra, a group he founded in 1997. Breakestra have four albums and a handful of singles and over the years have played with a who’s who of Cali Hip Hop as well as Funk and Soul legends worldwide. Miles runs the weekly Funky Sole party on Saturdays at the Echo LA and between live music and DJing, he has been in the center of the Hip Hop/Funk scene in LA for many years. We’ve been trying to get Miles to Hip Drop since the earliest days so we’re excited to announce him now!
Subsuelo is a crew of artists including dancers, musicians, djs, and visuals. Every3rd Wednesday of the month in Boyle Heights, Subsuelo opens its doors to music enthusiasts. The Funk, Soul, Cumbia, hip-hop and flamenco event features resident selectors Gazoo Olmedo, Canyon Cody, Gozar and DJ Ethos. Live percussion + flamenco performance by Gabriel Osuna, Gerardo Morales and La Tigresa. Photography by Farah Sosa, visuals by Juxli / Culture Remixed.
LA TIMES: “A funky all-purpose rumpus room for late-generation bicultural Angelenos”
LA WEEKLY: “Part hip-hop scene, part cumbia club”
REMEZCLA: “The coolest underground party in Los Angeles”
Funk freaks are the masters at enticing your ears with rare funk. Catch them at any of their shows playing boogie grooves and funky tunes all on vinyl, always live. Their turntables have been spinning for 5 years strong and doesn’t look like its stopping any time soon. DJ Debo has just returned from his European tour, hitting up cities in Germany, Norway, France, and Italy, to name a few. Let their record collections speaks for itself, these guys are taking over one funk freak at a time.
Long Beach Funk Fest Resident DJ’s:
Monalisa Murray is mostly known as a promoter and supporter of quality music and events in Los Angeles, the United States, and around the world. She started out in the music business in the field of marketing and promotion before making her transition to the turntables in 2006.
Since beginning her career as a DJ and selector, Monalisa has gained respect and support from key influencers in the music & DJ industry, namely Pete Rock, Peanut Butter Wolf, DāM-FunK, Garth Trinidad, and the World Famous Beat Junkies. She’s done sets for favorable crowds at well known Los Angeles-based events such as Firecracker, Boombox, Rootdown, Kiss N Grind, Thanksgivends, Strictly Social, Wonder-Full, SoulSlam, The Do-Over, Afrofunke, Blazing 45s, Paid Dues and many more.
Monalisa is a member of Los Angeles’ own Umoja HiFi Soundsystem, as well as LA’s KPL All-Star DJs and Spinderella’s Backspin DJ Crew. She can usually be found working behind the scenes at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, digging for classics and discovering new music. Her key DJ influences include Larry Levan, Jaycee, Spinderella, The Beat Junkies, The PIrate DJs, Rich Medina, Sake One and Spinna.
What makes Sloe Poke one of L.A. ’s best DJ’s is that he can spin several styles of music with ease. Sloe Poke attributes his skills to the years of spinning for people with diverse tastes, ages and cultures. Most DJ’s can spin two or three different genres of music but get lost when it comes to Latin music. This is where Sloe Poke excels. He’s the kind of DJ that can entice the older generation to go out on the dance floor and put a younger crowd to shame. He can mix a Salsa classic like Joe Arroyo’s “Rebelion” with Celso Pina’s Sonidero hit, “Cumbia Sobre El Rio,” then follow those songs with Thalia’s poppy, “Piel Morena” and Frankie Cutlass’ club fave, “Puerto Rico,” making it all flow together somehow.
Because of Sloe Poke’s range, he can spin almost anywhere in the city. Besides being a resident DJ at places like Little Temple and the Rhythm Lounge, he spins at clubs like Sonido, playing Dub, Dancehall & Lover’s Rock. When he’s DJing at The House of Blues in San Diego, he compliments whatever act is headlining. He has opened for shows as diverse as Mos Def, David Lee Roth, Yellowman & Jaguares. It really doesn’t matter who or what genre Sloe Poke is spinning for — he always has the perfect mix.
DJ Dennis Owens is the co-founder of one of Southern California’s longest running all-vinyl soul/funk/latin/aftrobeat dance parties, The Good Foot, which will be celebrating it’s 16-year anniversary on Friday, September 19th at it’s current location, Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, CA (where it happens every 3rd Friday of month). You can find him on Instagram: @djdennisowens
Gazoo is a DJ and event producer from Los Angeles. Gazoo’s natural ebullience shines at his frequent DJ gigs and while acting as the de facto frontman for global bass powerhouse Subsuelo. As a DJ, Gazoo has set the stage for the late, great Jimmy Castor, Fred Wesley, Shuggie Otis, Nu-Mark, Black Coffee, Gaslamp Killer, Dam Funk, Nicodemus, Toy Selectah and Nortec Collective. These opening credits reflect Gazoo’s deep and varied influences; he’s combined a lifelong love affair with hip-hop and soul with an ability to spin Funk, Cumbia and Global Bass. Gazoo’s global ear and decades of digging make him an assured presence behind the decks at hip-hop, soul and world music parties.
At the heart of this diversity lies Gazoo’s insatiable desire to discover new musical threads and share his knowledge with the people. Gazoo has maintained successful residencies at the Carbon bar, La Fonda, Little Temple and East Side Luv, where he played hip-hop, soul and world music for and has been a vital part of building Subsuelo into LA’s most raucous global bass destination. The party has recently caught the eye of Diplo’s Mad Decent Recordings, who regularly work with the crew to present events. Gazoo continues to book talent for the Long Beach Funk Festival and works closely with the event production company Art Don’t Sleep, which recently presented Tony Allen and Seu Jorge.
Efren Luna, a Long Beach visual artist and curator, has been exhibiting and organizing numerous art exhibitions at galleries, alternative spaces and festivals locally and abroad. He believes fusing live music and live art as a cultural element for bringing people of diverse backgrounds together. In 2008 he founded the organization Art Music & Culture that supports and promotes the cultural arts. Art exhibitions are presented in a variety of venues from traditional galleries to alternative galleries with site-specific installations. The events may include live painting, poetry, live music, and many creative types. Art Music & Culture through collaborative efforts and creative energy works with diverse venues with the vision of transforming spaces. ART, MUSIC & CULTURE
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