The Funk Ark is about to release their much anticipated 3rd full length album, “Man is A Monster” and we are going to help them celebrate the right way!!!
On Friday October 10th The Monster will be released at The Black Cat. Dragons…Godzilla…King Kong… Cthulu…Cookie Monster… BEWARE! The Funk Ark, Black Masala, Hung Tao Choy Mei Lion Dancers and special guests will forge a soul shakin psychedelic voyage to celebrate The Spirit of Funk and DC Music. Funk Parade and Listen Local First will be co hosting this evening of Funk, Rock, Afrobeat, Monsters and Dance
When: Friday October 10th
Where: The Black Cat DC - Doors 9pm
The Funk Ark
Album Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgYSJ4Bm41k
Man is a Monster track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy48Vum36lk#t=98
Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Academy
AND Many Special Secret Guests!!!
About The Funk Ark:
A native of the Washington D.C. area, Will Rast (Antibalas) grew up listening to old music. Rast has been composing and playing professionally since the age of 14. A love of vintage Funk and Soul, as well as a wide range of instrumental jazz styles were the ultimate impetus behind the formation of the group in 2007.
As a member of Washington DC’s fast growing community of artists, it was easy to find a set of incredibly talented instrumentalists to form a band big enough to create the range of sound he was looking for. The band began with some compositions that were reminiscent of Lonnie Liston Smith, or Herbie Hancock, but it was Rast’s growing interest in the Afro Beat music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Mono Mono, of Nigeria, Mulatu Astatke and Mahmoud Ahmed of Ethiopia, as well as the legendary Salsa ensemble The Fania Allstars, that caused the band’s direction to shift towards a more polyrhythmic funk sound.
Each of the many rhythm instruments you hear in The Funk Ark’s songs is playing a small, but integral role in the overall groove. Like the various gears and springs in a clock, each player performs their role with precision to create an intense and driving beat that acts as a bed for soaring melodic improvisation and tight, rhythmic horn lines.
“Man is a Monster is a collection of songs from a period of two years during which I traveled more than I ever had before, spending time in countries, most of which, I had never visited. The songs were conceived in that spirit of exploration, in a global sense, but also of our musical and technical abilities. This album’s eclectic sound is an indication of the many influences and experiences of the group, as well as our intent to take the emphasis away from traditional 4/4 rhythms and channel those influences into something deeper and more challenging than our previous work.” – Will Rast
About Listen Local First:
LLF Is a local music initiative that aims to create alternate avenues of local music exploration. For three years LLF has worked with local businesses, cultural organizations and musicians to raise awareness for the vibrant, talented and diverse music scene within our beltway. LLF currently, distributes a bi monthly local music stream which can be found playing in local businesses throughout our region, hosts monthly DMV artists on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and co-produces two of the city’s largest all local music and art festivals: Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival and Funk Parade.
About Funk Parade:
Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind parade, street fair, and music festival to celebrate U Street, the District and the spirit of funk. Funk Parade exists to make good things happen by bringing people together and making them feel all right through music, dance and the visual arts.