Funk Makes a Three-Night Stand at Yoshi's SF
|He Came to Funk You: B'nai Rebelfront|
The Punk Funk Mob, B'Nai Rebelfront, and Greg Scott are the featured performers in "We Got the Funk: A Tribute to the Sixth Funk Dynasty," a musical miniseries highlighting local funksters happening June 15-17 at Yoshi's SF.
Punk Funk Mob features singer Femi, who's normally a soul/R&B/house vocalist; in PFM she'll embrace her funk/rock/new wave side. Rebelfront is a soft-spoken, hard-rockin' guitarist who plays with Lyrics Born and the Coup; he'll step out of the sideman shadows at his Yoshi's gig and present his own solo material, which references everyone from Ernie Isley to early Prince to Funkadelic. Scott is a keyboardist/vocalist in the Donny Hathaway mode whose new album, Bring Me Back, updates the funk template with vocoderized soul slams and other rhythmic nuggets.
According to the PR, "The Sixth Funk Dynasty picks up where author Rickey Vincent's, "Funk: The MUSIC, the PEOPLE, and the RHYTHM of THE ONE" left off," following in the footsteps of the "First Funk Dynasty (Unification), Second Funk Dynasty (The Shining Star), Third Funk Dynasty (P-Funk), Fourth Funk Dynasty (Naked Funk) and Fifth Funk Dynasty (Hip Hop Nation)." In the Bay Area, the funk never really left, so these 6th D funkateers are probably more of a continuation than a revival. Still, for anyone who likes funky music in a live setting, all three of these shows should tickle your funk fancy without hurting your wallet too much--tickets are only $10 advance and $12 at the door.