Arguably the most pure, uncut funk event around, the Long Beach Funk Fest has been going strong since it’s inception in 2009. Since then we have brought some of the very best funk legends to Long Beach as well as amazing contemporary up and coming funk bands who are keeping the funk alive. With great live funk bands, dj’s, dancers, live painters, vendors, and more, the LB Funk Fest is a super fun party bringing together a diverse crowd of all ages getting down for the funk of it! After 5 years in the middle of downtown Long Beach, we are very excited to bring the LB Funk Fest to the Queen Mary this year, right in front of the water!
This is not a jazz funk fest. This is not a hip hop funk fest. This is not an old skool show. It’s not a rock festival with a few funky bands. This is all funk and nuttin but the funk. This is a festival to bring together funk fans old and new, to show where funk came from and where it’s going.
Our goal is to bring the funk music community together (musicians and fans) and invoke the spirit of the great 70′s funk fests, and to help nurture and develop funk’s acceptance and acknowledgment as a complete North American musical genre. Much in the way jazz and blues are considered “American art forms”, funk is American music too, our music, and has influenced countless other genres, musicians, and people around the world… The Long Beach Funk Fest is a green-driven festival, involving green sponsors and educating in ways to live with less impact on our environment. We strive to have the bulk of vendors and partners come from green companies and organizations. The Long Beach Funk Fest also helps to raise funds towards music education in Long Beach. This is a community-based event, involving the community and giving back to the community.
Each year the artist lineup is hand picked to reflect the mission of the LBFF. We also feature many prominent dj’s spinning funk all day/night long between bands and at the dj tent. Visual art is also heavily featured, including many live paintings taking place throughout the festival site. Many dance performances and impromptu dance parties within the party are all part of the fun. We are cultivating the culture of funk in all ways.
The Queen Mary and the downtown area offer something for everyone with diverse shopping, restaurants, and attractions. Come early and make a weekend out of it! Long Beach Funk Fest….sustaining our future through funk
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