Here's What You Missed at Montreal's First Ever Funk Soul Festival
Friday March 20th at Sala Rossa did not disappoint me one bit. I was very excited to head to the venue for what would be the first edition of Montreal’s Funk Soul Festival, and holy shit was it a turnt up affair.
Opening the night was funk, jazz, hip hop and groove fusion band The Liquor Store and they definitely knew how to set the mood for the rest of the evening. The 6 piece band was an energetic and eclectic mix of sounds, and even had guest performers come up on a few of their songs.
Up next was Clay and Friends, who mix styles like hip hop, funk, jazz, soul and reggae, with both MC’ing and Beat Boxing to their sound that delivers ridiculously feel good music you cannot stand still while listening to. This band was a welcomed discovery of exceptional talent and one that is definitely worth keeping an eye out for.
Closing off the evening before the after party kicked off was the amazing funkadelic swing band Static Gold. This group’s style of music is a fusion of jazz funk and soul but with pop undertones that are complimented by the captivating vocals of their female singer Zaynab; whose energy on stage transcends into the audience and creates an amazing buzz of good vibrations. The band can be thanked for putting the festival together and have a great future ahead of them with the following they've built over the years and of course with the help of their distinctive and electric music.
Photo by Vitor Munhoz / Camuz.ca
What I really enjoyed about the whole night was the amount of young faces in the crowd. Pretty much 95% of the audience did not seem to go past the age of 25 and it’s great to see our generation not only appreciate funk music, but be active participants in keeping this genre alive and relevant to today’s music scene. With so much of it being synthesized, computerized and less organic these days, I love going out and seeing artists play loud and proud while engaging their audience in a night of real music. At the end of the day music helps expand our minds and I think it’s safe to say that when the time comes, you’ll definitely be seeing me at Volume 2 of Montreal’s Funk Soul Festival.
Hopefully next time I won’t be as drunk. But that’s a story for another day, ta-ta for now!