The genre of funk music has an extensive past, from James Brown to Parliament to Sly & the Family Stone to still influencing today’s hit-makers from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Bruno Mars to popular artists in pop, alternative rock, hip-hop, EDM and other popular genres. Funk is on a resurgence to help honor the pioneering artists of the past, provide opportunities for new funk music being made by new and established artists and to get the genre respected and honored for its impact and influence in a new alliance led by musician Frank “Kash” Waddy and veteran exec Jay Warsinske.
Waddy has been a key member and player with such Rock & Roll Hall of Famers as James Brown, Parliament, Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins Rubber Band among many others. Warsinske is a 44-year industry veteran who has helped launched such icons Red Hot Chili Peppers, N.W.A, AC/DC, Dr. Dre, the Clash, 2PAC and many others over the last five decades. Together they have a passion for music and seeing artists and music get heard and grow.
The team recently produced the Uptown Funk Grammy Afterparty in North Hollywood, which was a success and featured monster funk jams from members of such legendary funk bands as Parliament, Funkadelic, Rick James’ Stone City Band, James Brown, Prince’s Band, Lakeside, P-Funk Allstars and more. The success of this event has led to making it a monthly event, called the Funk House, which will be held in Los Angeles with special nights to be held in Oakland/Bay Area, Las Vegas, Orange County, Inland Empire and other locations to be announced. Each edition will feature legendary funk/soul players and hand-selected musicians in allstar jams and performances of classic hits.
The next edition of the Funk House is Sunday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at Skinnys (4923 Lankershim Bld., NoHo Arts District, North Hollywood, CA 91601).
The event is free to MC readers who RSVP at connect@FunkDirect.com.
Artists interested in performing at this or upcoming editions can submit links to connect@FunkDirect.com
The New Funk Movement includes:
The Funk House - Monthly concerts, featuring legendary players from iconic funk and rock groups in funk jams and performances by new and established funk and soul artists.
For more info: FunkHouseVIP.com
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FUNK U – A series of funk collections packed with great artists and tracks, celebrating the legacy of funk with new volumes every six months. Vol. 1 to be released worldwide Summer of 2017.
For more info: FunkUcollection.com
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FUNK History Channel – Channel on YouTube, bringing together great funk videos, artists and tracks to celebrate the depth and legacy of funk, classic and new. Go to YouTube and search “FUNK History Channel.” Subscribe, like and comment on the videos.
Funk Direct – The portal is being built for everything funk. To get music on CD or downloads, videos-concerts-documentaries on DVD, tickets to events, special merchandise and rare collectible memorabilia, vinyl and more. Also a committee to support getting funk recognized as a category at The Grammys, BET Awards and other platforms that recognize music talent.
For more info: FunkDirect.com
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IES Funk Honors – Iconic funk artists inducted at the global music and entertainment conference IES: the Indie Entertainment Summit held every August in L.A. Attendees from all over the world and across the country as part of IES Honors. Planned honorees in future editions include James Brown, George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, Junie Morrison, Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, Bootsy Collins, Clyde Stubblefield and more.
To register to attend IES, visit IESfest.com
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