sf funk festival

SF FUNK FEST is BACK IN 2015 WITH THIS INCREDIBLE LINEUP
• Friday, Nov 6 @ 1015 Folsom – TUXEDO, SWEATER FUNK DJs
• Saturday, Nov 7 @ Club 6 – NIGHTMARES on WAX, DJ PLATURN, MOTION POTION
• Saturday, Nov 14 @ Monarch – STICKYBUDS, ALL GOOD FUNK ALLIANCE, MOTION POTION, DECKARD
• Friday, Nov 20 @ Mezzanine – ANTIBALAS, JAZZ MAFIA’s SUBHARMONIC
• Saturday, Nov 21 @ Mezzanine – THE BUDOS BAND, LA MISA NEGRA
• Friday, December 4 @ 1015 Folsom – GIORGIO MORODER, DJ DAN, DAVID HARNESS, MOTION POTION, DJ DIALS< ANTHONY MANSIFIELD, KING MOST, FREDDY, MARKY, EUG, STEVE FABUS, MOZGHAN, SHOUTS!, MATT HAZE

The San Francisco Funk Festival was founded by Robbie Kowal and John Miles of HUSHconcerts in the Fall of 2001. The event is based on the academic work of UC Berkeley and KPFA’s “Funky Professor” Dr Rickey Vincent. In his seminal book “Funk: The Music, the People and the Rhythym of the ONE” Dr. Vincent not only provides a thorough history of funk, but puts it in a societal and artistic context. Mr. Vincent argues convincingly that like jazz and blues, the funk transcends the realm of “music genre” to become a “great American artform” because it encouraged stylistic shifts in other avenues (like fashion, film, politics, and fine art) as well as serving as the soundtrack of a great sociological shift, the civil rights movement.

SFFF 02 - George Clinton - Photo by Scott Chernis
SFFF 02 – George Clinton – Photo by Scott Chernis

In 2001, Robbie Kowal and John Miles, of San Francisco’s boutique production company Sunset Promotions, decided to put Mr Vincent’s academic hypothesis into action and with the help of funk aficionado Mike Burns, founded the SF Funk Festival. The goal would be to create a run of events that elucidated different aspects of Vincent’s vision, and illuminated different branches of the funk tree.

SFFF 04 - Sharon Jones
SFFF 04 – Sharon Jones

The first SF Funk Fest took place in November 2001 and featured the likes of Mandrill and a reunion of many of the original members of Sly & the Family Stone (listed as SF Funk All Stars). In 2002, SF Funk returned with a massive 3-week run that began with the “Art of Funk” art show featuring the work of P-Funk album artists, including Pedro Bell, Overton Lloyd, Stozo the Klown, Tym Stevens and George Clinton himself. This was followed by a massive Parliament-Funkadelic show at Ruby Skye. Other artists included the Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste, Walter Wolfman Washington, DJ Z-Trip, and the Sugarman 3. “Funk on Film” featured 3 nights of movies, including “Shaft”, “Superfly” and “Wattstax”.

SFFF 2002 - Lee Fields - Photo by Robbie Kowal
SFFF 2002 – Lee Fields – Photo by Robbie Kowal

In 2004, SFFunk included the legendary Headhunters, Grandmaster Flash, Goapele, and Martin Luther. In 2005, the SFFunk featured “Funk School” an all-day event at the SF Art Institute featuring workshops, a breakdance demo, and a performance by New Orleans legends, Rebirth Brass Band. From 2006-2007, the festival was on a brief hiatus as Sunset produced over 100 other shows, including performances by funk icons James Brown, Dr John, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Jurassic 5, Afrika Bambaataa, and dozens of emerging artists.

SFFF 2011- Morris Day & the Time
SFFF 2011- Morris Day & the Time

In 2008, the festival came back as strong as ever with performances by Galactic, Alice Russell, Cut Chemist, Kraak & Smaak and the Herbaliser. In 2010, the SFFunk stayed active with its annual DJ party, this time featuring Bay Area legend Q-Bert and DC Nufunk hero All Good Funk Alliance.

SFFF 13 - Fred Wesley & the JB's feat Jabo, Clyde & Fred Thomas
SFFF 13 – Fred Wesley & the JB’s feat Jabo, Clyde & Fred Thomas

In 2015, the SF Funk Festival will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary and is coming back strong with its biggest lineup in years. Stay tuned here and at www.sunsetpromotions.com for more info….

SFFF - Fogg Fest 07 - James Brown
SFFF – Fogg Fest 07 – James Brown

ESSENTIAL READING:
Funk: the Music, the People and the Rhythym of the One by Rickey Vincent
Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Sideman by Fred Wesley
Funk: Third Ear – The Essential Listening Companion
• James Brown: I Feel Good a Memoir of Life and Soul by James Brown

ESSENTIAL LISTENING:
• Funky Good Time: The JB’s Anthology
• Make It Funky: The Big Payback – James Brown
• Funk Power: James Brown
• Mandrill: Anthology
• Sly & the Family Stone’s Greatest Hits
• The Meters Anthology
• Funkin on the One (Compillation)
• P-Funk Live 1976-1993 (4 Discs)
• The Breakestra – Live Mixtape
• War-Live

Previous SFFF artists include:
• George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic
• Morris Day & the Time
• Fred Wesley & the JB’s feat. Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Starks, & Fred Thomas
• The Family Stone
• the Headhunters
• the SF Funk All Stars
• Mandrill
• Galactic
• Tower of Power
• The Budos Band
• Rebirth Brass Band
• Grandmaster Flash
• Z-Trip
• Cut Chemist
• Kraak & Smaak
• DJ Q-Bert
• Goapele
• Robert Walter’s 20th Congress
• Zigaboo Modeliste & the New Ahhkesstra
• DJ Greyboy
• Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters
• the Breakestra
• DJ Shortkut
• Papa Mali & Jerkuleeze
• Martin Luther
• Hairy Apes BMX
• The Spam All Stars
• The Sugarman 3
• Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
• Leo Nocentelli
• Greg Errico
• Cynthia Robinson
• Jerry Martini
• Brian Jordan
• Gayle Muldrow
• Media Sirka

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