Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Funkty on Jam Cruise!!

Help get Funktopus on its next journey of going back to the ocean!
We recently reached out to Jam Cruise in hopes that they will
take Funktopus with them this year!

Please take a second to show Jam Cruise that the Funktopus
would be a great addition to their festival this year by
writing on their facebook wall or tweeting to them @JamCruise
about the Funktopus!

It takes all of effort together to make something like this get done

Funktopus Team...BREAK!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Love you

We want to send a special shout out to everyone that
showed the Funktopus love this summer and inspired
us to keep taking it around. Your words were of
endearing love were absolutely appreciated.
We'll see you soon on this journey. It keeps going.....

Funkt love

North Coast!!


And after all that...we still have North Coast. The summers last stand....

As soon as we walked in we saw super spacey   ladies everywhere! They
were walking around through the city, swinging hoops, and saving souls
with their spacey eyes. The vibe was vibe-rant and people were
smiling left right up and down, dancing in the park. Dancing in the city.
There were a number of great performances Friday but was too busy
soaking in the scene to stay too long at any, Wolfgang Gartner and Lotus
were keeping it fresh and Sound Tribe after party was a long and raging
road into the abyss.

Saturday jumped off with a super energetic set from
Rubblebucket that peaked during 'Came out of a Lady' when
members from the band marched into the crowd playing their instruments
for a hype dance party communal style. Even though it started to rain
that couldn't keep New Mastersounds from makin it funky and taking
us all to London for an international rage! And the much anticipated set
from Break Science & Rjd2 of course did not let us down. Rj began the set
with some solo theatrics, just him, his jump suit, helmet, and crotch mpc
makin beats and injecting humor with phallas references to credit his beats.
Following a trip through the past as Rj played his classics including Ghostwriter
and The Horror, very nostalgic indeed. This was followed by a bunch of tracks
off Break Sciences recent album 'Further than our Eyes can See' which lead
into more from the Royal Family; Lettuce! Delivering an energetic hour of
funk and rage and ending on a commemorative note with Mr. Yancey the
J Dilla tribute, left us in the clouds, wanting more.
Rusko in one word: animal.

To bring Chi town together no other than the one man act with a sick
backing band; Common tore the house down. His band playing live
instrumentals from his old and new tracks with the voice of the Chi
speaking rhyme in its most raw form, brought the people together
to say 'if you feel free put your hands in the air' and they all stayed
up for the entirety of the set.

And Bassnectar of course ended the weekend with bass for your face.
Left the whole crowd with a ghost subwoofer in their brain playing
bass heavy beats on loop. I don't think their was much complaining...

It was great to be back where it all began for the Funkty; Chi town to close off
the summer festie season of 2011'. Thank you ragers across the land for
making it a summer that we will never forget!!

The Royal Family Affair


After a little rest post EF we headed east for the first ever Royal Family Affair! 
We were excited after all the different festivals to go to one with funk, soul,
hip-hop, and electro all weekend. After we made it through the lush mountains
of Vermont to Stratton Mt we posted up ready to enjoy the weekend of music.
Friday kicked off with Sam Kininger Band to get it funky! Shortly after the 
much anticipated Lettuce set began and hit full force from beginning to end. 
After Lett took us on an inter-dimensional tour we came back to earth 
for a super funky dance party with Chromeo where you'd be pressed to 
find a person in the crowd not raging. After the music Funktopus started
blowin bubbles and bumpin tunes and kept it Funkty till the place shut down


Saturday was another amazing day of music with Medeski, Deitch, and Skerik
tearing the place down! An amazing fusion of jazz, funk, freakout, and Rage
to say the least left the entire crowd blown away. Following that Big G kept
is super Funky and Soulive followed with a great set. Playing a lot of their 
oldies such as El Ron and Vapor then twisting up an ole' Beatles medley
that was one for the books! The Formula (Deitch, Shmeans, Coomes, Sam K
& others) put down a latenight set of hip-hop instrumental music. 3 hours
of dope beats, what more could you ask for?

The festival ended with a set from Dumpstaphunk and Royal Family Allstars.
Dumpsta put it down with Nikki Gillespie on the drums. But the Allstars
took it home, with special guests Nikki for a drum dueling version of 'Nyack'
that had my bones on fire and Hartswick, Skerik, Lalli, Bloom, and others 
sitting in for a Royal Family Affair!!