Made possible by Downtown Long Beach Associates and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency as part of the downtown Summer and Music (SAM) concert series, the event is being coordinated by Bobby Easton - a Long Beach resident and 20-year veteran of the national funk scene.
If you don't know what funk is, you will never forget after this! In the street closure at Broadway and Pine Avenue, legends of funk Mandrill, Dawn Silva of the Brides of Funkenstein, Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and the Meter's Experience (featuring Leo Nocentelli) will bring the foundation of funk to the streets of Long Beach. Local funk favorites like Delta Nove, Breakstra, OO Soul, Slapbak, Baby Stone (Daughter of Funk Icon Sly Stone) and Danny Bedrosian and Secret Army (coming all the way from Florida and featuring current members of Parlaiment Funkadelic) - will get you on the good foot, too!
The George Clinton Art Exhibit presented by Getdown Entertainment will showcase the bright and energetic visual creativity of one of funk's finest!
Special guests include Blackbyrd McKnight of Parlaiment Funkadelic, Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini of Sly and the Family Stone, and Master of Ceremonies Ricky Vincent, author of "Funk: The Music, the People, and the Rhythm of The One," the definitive study of the history of funk.
About Summer And Music (SAM):
Spanning from June to August 2009, and running the gamut from jazz to funk to pop, Summer And Music (SAM) will be the first to feature local musicians and a variety of creative curricula for free on the streets of downtown Long Beach.