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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ICEBREAKERS 15TH ANNIVERSARY : This Friday we celebrate the best winter white party with @DJ_Icey @Chali_2na @KraftyKuts & @ChristianMartin along with support from @MoPoRobbie & @Syd_Gris and our best wintertime fun creators Chuck Jones, DJ Mancub, Eric Riggssbee, Nugz, Beato, Phleck, Hellacat, Sobb Deep & Stacey at The Great Northern - Tix available at HUSHconcerts.com
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We're thrilled to announce that the secret guest for this year's 15th anniversary Icebreaker's is none other than @Dirtybird @TrippyAssTechno man himself, @ChristianMartin !!
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It's time to get festive! Bring your favorite ugly sweater to the rooftop of the Salesforce Transbay Park and dance under the stars to @MoPoRpbbie and his very special PRINCE set, @DJ8Ball laying down his incredible take on DAVID BOWIE or @DJMancub bringing all those Christmas classics with an R&B twist! 🎅🎄🎁 Free with RSVP and all ages welcome!
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The time has come to bring out your winter whites for the bay’s favorite white party of the year, the annual Icebreaker’s Ball featuring @DJ_Icey !! HUSHconcerts is proud to present the king of American breakbeat, this year along with @Chali_2na & @KraftyKuts to rock the party all night, and to top it off, a very special secret guest you don’t want to miss!

@TheJankyBarge is one of the @BurningMan Community's most enduring and beloved artcars. Known for eclectic music and an even more eclectic crew, they never stop rocking as a staple of the scene for over a decade. We are proud to throw on the whites and help the Barge raise money to continue its ill-advised mission of well-intended mayhem.

Full lineup and details on hushconcerts.com so grab tickets now!

presents the legendary winter white party

The Epic 15th Anniversary!
a benefit for the Janky Barge

featuring the legendary king of American breakbeat
Zone Records / Florida

plus special mainstage performances by

with opening sets by
special guests on the silent disco
Janky Barge all stars in the green room
161 Erie St @ Alameda | 9:30pm | 21+
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Three nights of @RebirthBrassBand in the Bay Area! 🎷🎸🎺
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