Whoa…I just realized that I’ve been out on LA’s westside quite a bit these past few weeks. Considering that it’s been over five years since my Afro Funké residency used to bring me out there weekly, and that during this period I’d only find myself the westside three maybe times a year, this recent stretch of a half-dozen appearances in Venice and Marina del Rey within the last month is pretty novel. Anyway, I’m back this Thursday evening as a substitute for my musical partner and KCRW deejay Jeremy Sole at the NIGHT MARKET event happening at The Bungalow (hotel) in Santa Monica. The event goes from 5pm-10pm with music beginning at 6pm. Check the official description:
Night Market will feature specialty food trucks, picnic tables, & outdoor festoon lights to set the mood under the stars. These weekly events will be free admission and will be family friendly, open to the public, and accessible to all ages!
Additional special performers to be announced. KCRW DJ’s will be on hand spinning the hits each week.
The Bungalow Santa Monica will be open as normal for guests (21+, must present photo ID).
Come on by if you wanna get your grub and groove on!
Thursday, April 7th, marks the beginning of AFRO FUNKÉ’s third ‘post-weekly’ year, meaning that we’ve continued to host our event beyond its incarnation as a legendary Thursday evening fixture on the west side of Los Angeles. Since stepping back and ending that 10-year long tenure in late 2013, we’ve given ourselves room to breathe, to reimagine, and to grow. In 2014 and 2015, we were able to throw a handful of very well-attended one-off/’pop-up’ events in parts of the city beyond our original Santa Monica locale, and this year looks to be even brighter! Please come out and reunite with Jeremy, Cary, Rocky and me this week at our beloved and true home, ZANZIBAR! We’ll have some live dance performances and drumming, as well as live painting on the stage. Say YEAH YEAH!
This is the flier that I designed, to which Jeremy lent his golden touch before letting it fly. We’re a pretty good team behind the turntables too 😉
Pictured: Afro Funké host and international reggae star ROCKY DAWUNI (Ghana)
LA WEEKLY gave the upcoming AFRO FUNKÉ event a little (but much appreciated!) love in this morning’s online music posts. Take a minute to check out the gracious blurb by Lina Lecaro.
And if you think you might make it, here’s the Facebook Event Page for DECEMBER 3rd’s AFRO FUNKÉ getdown. We would love to be with you on this special night!