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

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Happy Friday!
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We are so excited to share with our community, that Jenni Wendell (@jenni.wendell) will be our instructor for our Sunday, March 8th class at True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek, CA.
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Jenni is the fearless leader of Just Be Yoga (@justbeyoga) and designs her classes around breath, stretch, and flow....with a great playlist, too!
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If you could attend only one of my events this year, this is the one I’d ask you to support. This is my 3rd and most ambitious International Women’s Day celebration yet (even tho I’m slowing down on events this year 😉) This is a day to: ⁣
• honor women—I mean look at this this diverse, multi-genre, power lineup 🤩 plus collaborations with many other badass women + a few allies TBA! ⁣
• celebrate our successes—it will be a celebration to remember guaranteed, in a truly magical space!⁣
• and raise awareness of current issues facing women—proceeds from your ticket purchases will be donated to RAICES to serve the communities who are victims of the US/Mexico border crisis. ⁣
I’m incredibly grateful to all of these women performing, and @906world for so generously hosting us. Much more gratitude to come, but need to give a special thanks to @cirasam for agreeing to co-lead this with me; teach a DJ workshop; co-facilitate open decks, and also throw down a DJ set! ILY bae. ❤️ Please RSVP to the event link (in bio) to learn more and secure a ticket! If you read this far, ILY2!! 💜 Beautiful flyer illustration by @claire.prouvost & design by @employerofmagic. 🙏
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As part of our #thursdaythoughts we want to know what y’all think and how you feel. Every Thursday we will be asking a question or sharing a thought and invite all of you to share your thoughts in the comments below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ We would love to hear from you and create a community free of judgement and ONLY #goodvibes 🙏☀️ 🎧

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Is there a healthy balance of device use and human experiences? There are so many technological advantages to using devices but is this disrupting us from having human experiences?
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MARCH 8TH 🧘🏻+🍳= 🙏🏼🤗
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Join us March 8th for our first Namaste & Brunch in 2020. Let our noise cancellation headphones from Hushconcerts (@hushconcerts) remove all distractions, while you submerge yourself in a 75min vinyasa flow.
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Guests receive 15% off brunch at True Food Kitchen! .
A little yoga. A bit of food. And, a whole lot of fun!
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Thanks to @hushconcerts and @thejankybarge for this annual event.

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