Tag Archives: Los Angeles

ERYKAH IS LEGEND: FUNK WORLDWIDE

ERYKAH IS LEGEND: FUNK WORLDWIDE

Just off the set with Digable Planets and Ro James, among others at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater, for ATL’s Funk Fest, Erykah Badu brought the heat to the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans this Memorial Day weekend on the 28th.

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MY FUNKALICIOUS PICKS FOR BEST NEW ARTIST

MY FUNKALICIOUS PICKS FOR BEST NEW ARTIST

I don’t believe the The Recording Academy will deny selecting Halsey or Lukas Graham for Best New Artist at next year’s Grammy Awards.

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TWO FUNKY DIVAS: DREEZY & ADELE

TWO FUNKY DIVAS: DREEZY & ADELE

Although Adele is primarily noted for her voice, it’s all about the lyrics and music, that make a song. As popular as she is today, my love for her has grown, since she initially took the world stage.  Dreezy has taken the world of music by storm and has been hailed as the “Princess of Chicago Rap.”  Her album “No Hard Feelings” dropped this past summer, and she’s also featured on Aluna George’s track “Mean What I Mean,” from his latest, “I Remember.”

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DIDN’T BLINK-182 WIN A GRAMMY? A MUSICAL YORN

DIDN’T BLINK-182 WIN A GRAMMY? A MUSICAL YORN

They actually haven’t. A band that’s been around since 1995, they’ve performed at the ceremony, presented there, even announced Tom DeLonge returning to the band there.

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GRAMMY WORTHY MUSIC – A SWEET SIX FROM DREEZY TO ADELE

GRAMMY WORTHY MUSIC – A SWEET SIX FROM DREEZY TO ADELE

I find I have to search for new music every year.  Apart from those that are promoted heavily, generally consumers are left in the dark, unless they go surfing online or hear about something by word of mouth.  Last year one of my favorites, that seems like it will never stop getting exposure, is the song “Rise Up” by Andra Day.

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REFLECTING ON PRINCE – A MONTH AFTER

REFLECTING ON PRINCE – A MONTH AFTER

It’s been a month yet it’s still very much in the forefront of my mind.  Although he was not an actual friend, he was a very dear companion to me through his music, as he was to millions.  My last entry on him was merely a mention of his latest release “Hit-N-Run: Phase 2.”

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Funky Divas Fly w/ QATAR: Let the Games Begin – Will the Deaths Ever End

Funky Divas Fly w/ QATAR: Let the Games Begin – Will the Deaths Ever End

Qatar Airways has kicked off beefing up their locations for commercial flights across the country.  Qatar is the world’s third largest cargo operator with more than 150 destinations.  The airline currently operates six cargo destinations to the United States, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles.

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40 YEARS OF CELEBRATING BLACK (AMERICAN) HISTORY MONTH!

40 YEARS OF CELEBRATING BLACK (AMERICAN) HISTORY MONTH!

Forty years ago this February, President Gerald Ford, was the first to recognize “Black History Month.”  This period of acknowledgement evolved from “Negro History Week,” that was created by historian Carter G. Woodson, and other prominent African-Americans.  This installment of the FUNKALICIOUS blog, is a retrospective of some American and Internatinal “Black” History accomplishments and occurrences, throughout 2015…

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THE GRAMMYS ARE COMING!!!

THE GRAMMYS ARE COMING!!!

The 58th Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  A couple months ago, I wrote about a few artists I believed were worthy of recognition, and they’re all among the artists nominated…

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FILTHY FUNKED UP PHARMACISTS: THE DOPE ON HEROIN

FILTHY FUNKED UP PHARMACISTS: THE DOPE ON HEROIN

The “War On Drugs” has been a farce from it’s inception.  Created by government as a means of appeasing citizens, the angle was to make the non-thinker believe that law enforcement, actually had a hold or some level of control on drug trafficking.  Although the information I’ve compiled in this blurb is contained, it’s fairly meaty, however none of it is new and it only scratches the surface.

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“Furious 7” – Vin Diesel and Sly Stallone are Franchise Kings

“Furious 7” – Vin Diesel and Sly Stallone are Franchise Kings

When I think of a movie that’s done multiple sequels, the first one that comes to mind is “Rocky.” After that, there’s “Star Wars,” and it’s now forthcoming follow-ups; the “Star Trek” franchise; Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” prequel flicks; “Mission Impossible” (MI5 out 7/31); “Godzilla” movies and “The Fast and the Furious.”

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A FUNKIN’ PSA on AMERICAN TRAVESTY – The Tragedy of Michael Brown

A FUNKIN’ PSA on AMERICAN TRAVESTY – The Tragedy of Michael Brown

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST:  “A grand jury has declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo. police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests and a national conversation about race and police interactions with African Americans, prosecutors said Monday.  The decision means that Wilson, 28, will face no state charges in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.”

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Reflections: The Black Panther Party’s 48th Anniversary

Reflections: The Black Panther Party’s 48th Anniversary

Fifteen days ago, October 15th, marked the 48th anniversary of the Black Panther Party (BPP).  This is the second installment of my reflections on the revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization.  The BPP was able to flourish in urban cities like Baltimore, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Winston-Salem.

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48 FUNKIN’ YEARS 4 THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY!

48 FUNKIN’ YEARS 4 THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY!

Let’s reminisce a little… I’m an O.G. (older gentleman) and as I recollect, I remember the 70s being my favorite decade, and I will tell you why. The music, the club scene, the dances, and so on – and I could just go on, and on. Why this particular time, rather than some others was more enjoyable to me personally, is easy to explain.

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15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

As music fans, lovers and aficionados are perched and waiting for “Get On Up” and “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” one can’t help but think of musical biopics that have been previously released.  This blog was prompted and inspired by a chat with, and query from my wife, as to how many films of this nature have been done — there are numerous.  While many are excited for the lives of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to grace the silver screen, the lives of other music icons have been brilliantly depicted.  (click on photo above for full view)

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FUNKY DIVAS SHELIA & CHAKA/ PATTI LaBELLE FUNKS UP BROADWAY!

FUNKY DIVAS SHELIA & CHAKA/ PATTI LaBELLE FUNKS UP BROADWAY!

Patti LaBelle is back on Broadway this month!  Appearing in the stage production of “After Midnight,” she fills in where Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton and Fantasia have all taken bows, opposite Dule Hill http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/02/25/vanessa-williams-funks-up-broadway-again/.  Her run goes through June 29th at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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FUNKY NAUGHTY KATY PERRY

FUNKY NAUGHTY KATY PERRY

Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” will surely take the number-one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart next week.  The song was held off from taking the top of the chart by Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which holds the position for an 11th week.  The hit tune, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, leads “Radio Songs” for a seventh week according to Nielsen BDS reports.  Thike’s track barely held off Perry’s “Roar,” which went from 85 to Number-2, following its first full week of single sales.

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DENZEL’S GOT A GUN

DENZEL’S GOT A GUN

Denzel Washington stars in the new movie “2 Guns”.  A crime-drama, Mark Walberg co-stars, in this tale of two cops on a mission.  As posted on imdb, “A DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob — the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from.”

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AN ICE BAR IN NEW YORK

AN ICE BAR IN NEW YORK

The first time I went to an ice bar was in Alaska at an Ice Hotel!  Now there’s one in New York called Minus-5 (degrees).  Located at the Hilton hotel in midtown, it opened TODAY!  Smart move in the midst of a heat wave.  The establishment has three existing previous locations in the U.S., two in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo Hotel and Casinos and one in Minneapolis.

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The FUNK of The Mason Affair

The FUNK of The Mason Affair

If and when you’re in L.A. and need a dose of some FUNK, check out The Mason Affair.  These guys have been compared to the likes of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Aloe Blacc, Ozomatli, Parliament/Funkadelic and Galactic.  For me they’re a great fusion band of FUNK and Jazz, bringing flavor on their songs “All Night”, “I Can Tell You” and “Eyes On Fire.”

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