The Forefathers of Funk Are Coming to Miami
March 10, 2017
And there’s no way we’re letting you miss it. See, funk is a genre many people think they understand but few have actually witnessed. The sound has recently regained mainstream popularity thanks to artists like Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak who have incorporated the low-end bump into their hits, but that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what funk really sounds like at its core, its very roots.
First, we have to swoon over the fact that The Funky Meters will be anywhere near our hometown. Don’t recognize the name? We’re not surprised but we’re also excited to tell you why they’re one of the most significant bands in Funk music. After backing big New Orleans names like Dr. John and Allen Toussaint in the late 60s, they went on to create their own sound and brought that Southern style of funk into the mainstream and are considered one of the originators of funk music as we know it. Although The Funky Meters are one half of the original, they’re 100% as funky as it can get.
Second, we already know just how much of a party it’s going to be with Dirty Dozen Brass Band on stage. Dating back to the late 70s, these guys are also up on the wall of funk fame with their quintessential New Orleans strut and sound. They were the ones who looked towards the future of fusion by bridging funk and bebop with traditional jazz to form the popular brass sound you hear along Frenchman today. They’ve played at every big jazz festival around the world with sets that feature special guests like Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, and Dizzy Gillespie. We wonder who will show here?
To celebrate the start of Spring, the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center is launching their Beer and Music Backyard Festival with tons of great local food and brews on March 25th and we’re all ears. See, most people would get excited that another excuse for indulging in some beer is coming to town, but our eyes are on the stellar New Orleans-hyped lineup featuring not one but both of the artists above. This is your chance to experience the real thing for yourselves so don’t miss out!