FunkFest rocks Winter Park old-school
August 29, 2008
Get your funky old-school groove on with friends and tons of rump shakin fun and awareness during the Grand County Center 4 Excellence Fraser Valley FunkFest on Sunday.The event returns for its second year with live music from Planet O, Mojomama, Mojambus, Nectaflow, Sofa Kings, Ohm Tribe, DJ Normski & Da Crew, DJs Tanner, Social and Euel and a special guest performance by a local musician who is set to perform the (unofficial) anthem for Grand County.A van will pick-up (limited) patrons at noon at the 7-Eleven in Granby and bring them back at 11 p.m. For a little backyard boogie, Shipwreck North has also cleared room for about 10 overnight camping sites with cold-water shower, games of horseshoes and mountain croquet.Planet O, of southern Colorado, plays a fusion of the jamming, eccentric, folksy melodies evolved from the hippie movement of the late ’60s, and the slide electric, bright lights and big city band sound of the ’70s funk revolution. Members, most third- or fourth-generation musicians, are Paula and Jac on flute and bass, drummer Bo, guitar prodigy Jason Jug Colangelo, Clavon Sostand on horns.Denver band Mojomama, fronted by Jessica Rowand on lead vocals, brings an original fusion of 1960s soul and contemporary rock styles to the stage. Other members include Paul Rogalski on bass, Keith Wojciechowski on guitars, Mike Fogerty on drums, Doug Carmichael on saxophones, and former Leftover Salmon member Joe Jogerst on keyboards.Mojambus, an old-school blues machine, with a new-school, raw vibe, is about hope, being a conscious person, and doing this all through the power of music, said Jason Downing, soul singer and harmonica virtuoso for the band. Other movers and shakers are blues/ flamenco guitarist Jason Jasco Coomes, bassist Greg Foster, and local drummer Mike Ray.Local lyricist Nectaflow plays hip hop, R&B and rap and is known for helping out for good causes. His originals create what he says is a unique outlook on life … with rap songs in a different vibe than most found in the genre. Performances also include some a cappella and spoken word, which hell perform following M.C. honors by Clip 1 (a.k.a. Antonio Edwards, whom Nectaflow credits with helping him develop his presentation and lyrical content).The Sofa Kings wanted to do something fun and different from the other bands they have played with. It features Robbie Gonzalez on guitar, Mark Burg on keyboards, Terry Tompkins on drums and Tom Camillo on bass playing jazz-tinged grooves.The Ohm Tribe, named in the thought that we are One Human Tribe on this earth that can be united with consciousness spread through music, is a local alternative reggae band making waves in the area. Members include Teresa Hill, singer, songwriter and electric rhythm guitar player; Travis Smith on drums, Chris Bettey on bass, and Tom Camillo on lead guitar.The show rounds out with DJ Normski & Da Crew throwing a VIP After-Party starting at 10 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the Center. Tickets are available at Singin Dog, Ice Box Mountain Sports, Elk Creek Arts and Crafts, ALa Mode, Shipwreck Landing, the Stagecoach.