SF Funk Festival

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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….

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

• 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

SFFF Alums: 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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HUSH CEO, DJ, record producer, and concert promoter Robbie Kowal joined the “Concerts That Made Us” Podcast to discuss his career, silent disco, and live events during the pandemic era. Listen to the episode now on Spotify, Apple, Goodpods, or the @concertsthatmadeuspodcast website. ...

Today, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those who came before, to celebrate the rich cultures surrounding our industry. Diversity and inclusion are integral values within our team at HUSHconcerts. Music would be boring if all humans were alike!


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It's almost time, Napa! 🎧🙌 🔥 🎧

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Don't miss @Metallica @Pink @twentyonepilots @lukecombs & 70+ other artists.

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We're looking forward to more events in the new year. What concert or festival are you most excited for? ​

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We hope everyone had a fun and safe night ringing in the new year. What's the first song you're listening to in 2022? ​

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Tonight with @wearegalantis @snbrn @mahalo_dj +more we celebrate the turn of the year with @eyeheartsf @epicproductions @goldblocartists at Fort Mason!

Bring your warm mittens and come cheer us leaving 2021 in the dust --See you there!

We're skating into 2022! ⛸❄️ Our resolution for the new year is to attend more concerts and festivals! What's your New Years resolution?
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A New Year's Wish from HUSHconcerts,

2021 was a challenging year for most of us, and especially for the folks who make their living bringing you joy in the form of concerts, events, parties and conferences. HUSHconcerts was an exception. For us it was another year of creatively finding ways to survive and thrive, and we are most thankful that we are not only intact, but our whole team stayed on. Adam, Iman, Josh, Jaramy, Judy, Kevin, Logan, Nate, Nate, Ryan, Steve, Trish and I are still here, ready to help you manifest your dreams.

Many in our industry were not so fortunate. From union stagehands, techs, and stevedores (like our colleagues at San Francisco's Local 16) to conference and meeting professionals, to bands, producers, and creators, 2021 was only slightly better than 2020. Although things improved last summer, Delta caused another wave of disruption, and now Omicron seems poised to do the same. Thousands whose livelihoods depend on the concerts you love, and also the private events you may overlook, have been forced to scramble, starve or find new professions.

Many venues and some organizations have recieved a modicum of relief from Federal programs like SOS, SVOG and PPP. However, individual workers, especially those who worked for production companies and not venues, have seen little of that relief. Maybe the club stayed open and paid rent, but staff was cut, salaries slashed, and gigs shrunk. And for the producers of private events? Your wedding, meeting, private event or conference producers who employ millions of lifelong event experts? Little has been done. Many of these have had to scramble and suffer.

And while HUSHconcerts managed to find a way to survive and even thrive, there are many in our industry who were not so fortunate. So in this holiday season, before you buy that new beard groomer or cat chaser or blue skirt, we ask that you give a little back to the folks who brought you smiles and kept you safe at events.

To help contribute, head to our facebook for links.

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays from our team here at #HUSHconcerts.🎄❄️️ ​

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COVID-19 and social distancing hit the event industry like a storm but luckily #HUSHconcerts has your umbrella ⚡☂️ With #HUSHfm we can power events of any scale, anywhere in the U.S. ​

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Hands in the air like we don't care because it's Friday! 🙌 What song are you listening to as you head into the weekend? #HUSHconcerts ​

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We loved working with #SoulCycle to provide outdoor silent cycle classes. HUSHconcerts is invested in the wellness and health of all, and we have defined the forefront in using silent disco in wellness and fitness settings. 🚴‍♂️💪🚴‍♀️​

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There's only a few more weeks left of 2021, make the most it by planning your next your next 2022 event with #HUSHconcerts today!​

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15 years ago, we wanted to do something special for our favorite Breaks producer @DJ_Icey . So we enlisted a local arts collective to make some snow-themed set pieces, bought some black lights and created a winter white party, dubbed ICEBREAKER'S BALL. Sixteen years later, Icebreakers Ball is still going strong and on Feb 4, 2022, after a lost year due to the pandemic, the event will celebrate its 15th Anniversary with the King of the Funky Breaks, DJ ICEY.

The Great Northern will be transformed into a winter wonderland with white attired-denizens getting down to this master selector on the decks. Among the special treats this year include guest sets from @MoPoRobbie @DJ_Deckard ( @SpaceCowboysSF ) and @MrBounceman as well as DJs from @TheJankyBarge collective: Phleck, HellaCat, Brittany Healy (Sobb Deep), Chuck Jones, Beato and more! And to top it all off, the night will close with an all-star tribute to the late Chris Jaramillo aka @Cosmic_Selector who passed during the pandemic lockdown. To honor him in the way he would have wanted are his dear friends, Jeff Taisch, Abstract Rude, D.Program and B. Squid closing out the main stage.

Icebreakers is one of San Francisco's seminal club events and tickets are sure to go fast, so get yours now at www.TheGreatNorthernSF.com. This event is 21+ and proof of vaccination must be shown at the door for entry.

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#TBT to Freqo De Mayo!​ What's your favorite festival that you've attended? ​
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