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….

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

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

we can't wait to get back into the groove of #silentconference 🌟we have so much fun working with classrooms and corporate events! ⠀
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Monday Schedule: 🌈🦋⠀
DAY TIME: 1:30-3:30pm PST ⠀
#JoshWalker a San Diego based globetrotter drops us in his suitcase for a trip around the world of house 🌍⠀
#KyraBramble a yogi from Maui is livestreaming taking us on a deep journey 🦋⠀
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NIGHT TIME 8:30-10pm PST 🌈🦋⠀
#JustinMilla a San Francisco's most astute selectors takes us on a trip through indie dance music 💫⠀
NVO producer #ChuckJones drops the latest funk remixes and ghetto funk ⠀
workouts ⛹️⠀
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6ft but still enjoy the tunes!! we have TWO #livestreaming concerts happening today!! Make sure to tune in a spread some love 💛⠀
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#SundayFunDay Schedule: 🌈🦋⠀
DAY TIME: 1:30-3:30pm PST ⠀
@Illexxandra -Take a trip through the mind of one of New York City's most astute, creative and skilled DJs.⠀
Join @moporobbie for a deep dive into Santana, latin funk & disco ⠀
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NIGHT TIME 8:30-10pm PST ⠀
DJ Malarkey is a North Bay electro-swing trailblazer takes us on a jump and a #jive!⠀
DJ Xonic will be giving us Bassline-drive, Mixed Style House Music⠀
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unfortunately festival season has to reroute ✨ but it will be back shortly!! we are just as excited as you to continue #silentdisco but for now we ask you to bring the festival right into your backyard 🌱 🌼 by live streaming #HUSHcast and dancing ✨ ⠀

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Face #COVID19 with some 🎧 + #HUSHcast 🌈 tune in later today!! Shake off the tension and embrace the love 💚 that all the #livestreaming DJs are bringing right to your shelter!!⠀

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We miss @bottlerocknapa 🌈 🔆 Can't wait to continue #rockingout and #dancing with all of you in a few short months!! 💛 In the meantine stay safe and stay home to protect others!! ⠀

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Safely at home with our personalized headphones 🎧 check out our family pack for 4 headphones and 2 transmitters ⚡️and if you are one of the first 5 to book we will throw in a free laser!! #familyfun #familyfriendly 💛⠀
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Tonight on the #HUSHcast at 8PM PT it's @MoPoRobbie vs @DJ8Ball doing Tribute Sets for @LCDSoundsystem and #TalkingHeads
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Happy Monday! Ready to tune in? #silentdisco⠀
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HUSHconcerts + a community of nationwide DJs recreates our legendary silent disco experience and we are bringing it directly to your shelter! #danceoff⠀
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Transform your week with our live streaming experience, x2 daily with TWO simultaneous live streams to choose from for each show.⠀

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Capturing love and laughter with our #silentdisco 💃🏼 for over 10 yrs!! The photo was taken during our launch party for HUSH concerts a few years ago! The video can be found via @youtube as Hush Concerts Launch Party 🎉 #covidresponse #reflectingonlife ...

#SocialDistancing doesn't mean you have to feel lonely! Tune into HUSHcast and facetime friends and family while dancing to the beat! Or listen to one of the two channels while on a virtual happy hour with friends! 🍻 #wontstopdancing ⠀
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Ready to take a deep dive into the live stream tonight! Tune in for the kiddo #danceparty🕺 with two different streams from 1-3pm and then another rockout session from 8-10pm PST. ✌️ ⠀
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can’t wait till we are all dancing together again ✨ for now let’s just practice those #weddingdance moves till we can celebrate all together again!! *⠀
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#SocialDistancingNow ➡️ We ask each one of our fellow #hushfollowers to pratice alone until we can all come together again!⠀
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HUSHcast – A Ray of Light from HUSHconcerts ❕❕⠀
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A Ray of Light from HUSHconcerts in cloudy times. We’re bringing a 2-channel silent disco experience direct to your home because we know you need it. We gathered our nationwide DJ community to participate from their own homes. Best yet, we will be rolling 2 channels, twice daily on Twitch with the themes and genres and creativity you have come to expect. BEHOLD, the HUSHcast.⠀
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Streaming daily at 1:30pm & 8:00pm PDT -- daytime featuring all-clean family-friendly PG-rated content and nighttime when you can put the kids down and rock out.⠀
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INFO + SCHEDULE check link in the bio 🔝
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Unveiling our new HUSHfamily package 🎧 for a small family or friends to enjoy two-channel silent disco experience without waking the neighbors. With 4 HUSHphones and 2 transmitters, the kids and the parents can rock out and switch channels to music of their liking. ⠀
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