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"On both continents black dance is a source of energy, joy, and inspiration; a spiritual antidote to oppression, and a way to lighten work, teach social values, and strengthen institutions." Jacqui Malone, p265.
“The Full Strength Funk Band are rated number-one on ReverbNation. Groovin’ the stages of San Diego, these folks make it their business to honor FUNK. Formed in 2010, The Full Strength Funk Band (TFSFB) is managed by the groups frontman Robert “Swats” Wishner. ”Swats” says he hesitated to submit the band into the “Funk” category at first, but then “got bold,” and it paid off. Passionate yet humble in their presentation, the band is tight! TFSFB will render their versions of songs by James Brown, The Isley Brothers, War, and Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band’s “Express Yourself” during the course of a set. If you’re ever in San Diego, there’s a chance they may be taking the stage, as the group is booked through April. To get a taste of The Full Strength Funk Band’s brand of Funk, check out their website http://www.reverbnation.com/ for the love of FUNK c-dub”
“You all made a lot of people happy on Saturday, and sore from dancing”
“Hi, You guys were great on Nov 24, Saturday nite party @ VFW 3788, thanks to all you wonderful friends came to support the party , It was a great fun party , see you again on Saturday Dec 22, @ the Christmas party.”
“The Full Strength Funk Band was fantastic!! We hired them for our grand opening event and we could not have been happier! Our guests loved the music! The band members are all very friendly and professional in all aspects from set up, sound to performance. We enjoyed it very much and can't wait to have them perform at our future events. Tomea, Inc. ”
“Yes, thanks also goes out to Joel Plys and the Shim Shammers, Lynn Dee and the Otter Pop-Thriller Dancers, Mercedes Moore and her band, Robert Wishner and the Full Strength Funk Band, and Alma QueenBee and the Queen Bee staff. Thank you all for making this night so awesome! :)”
"In my view, funk, or the 'in the pocket' groove, rivals in importance the conventions of bebop's complex and perhaps more open-ended rhythmic approaches. Each imperative--the calculated-freedom of modern-jazz rhythm sections and the spontaneity-within-the-pocket funk approach--represents one of the most influential musical designs to appear in twentieth-century American culture.
"The soul singer James Brown became a very important voice in the 1960s, one that personified the moment as a transitional one in black cultural politics. In my own recollections of that moment, it is important to note, James Brown ruled the private and public cultural spaces of black Chicago. You heard him constantly on the radio, at the block party, in roller rinks, homes, clubs and stores. Everywhere."
“Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church: "The main musical unit was provided by the Sanctified Band, a variable five- or six-piece rhythm section (plus lead singers and backup vocals) that prided itself on professionalism, slickness, and most important, being 'in the pocket.' Funky was the watchword here. God liked funky. Funky ministered to 'the people.'...by way of comparison: it sounded something like the 1970s funk group Rufus with Chaka Khan or perhaps the Gap Band."”
“This is Full Strength Funk Band's full set live. Super fun band to film and listen too. Great energy and great talent. They filled the house and the stage with great vibes and great tunes. The owner wants them back to play a paid gig next month he was so impressed. Finding great artists like this are the reason we started this open-mic in the first place! So-Cal Showcase hosts an open mic at Skybox Sports Grill 4809 Clairmont Drive 92117 every Wednesday from 830-til close.”
“Hey! If you are in the neighborhood get to Skybox 4809 Clairemont Drive for FULLSTRENGTH an amazing FUNK band. I gotta dance! SJA”
“Thanks to Robert Wishner and the Full Strength Funk Band -- you added a lot of fun to the South Park Scene Summer of Love Walkabout! ”
“You guys turned that Pacific Beach Farmer's Market UPSIDE DOWN! You had people dancing in the streets, rocking and swaying....SO much fun!”
“Robert, Thank you and your band for performing this weekend. Full Strength Funk is full of brilliant character and energy! I seriously appreciate you, and hope you will keep me informed of what you all are up to in the future. I would love to work together again. Thanks so much for rocking it!! Cheers, Nikole Ryan Director of Operations ArtLab Studios”
"There would always be some guys that got together on the weekend and jam, and there'd be some serious funk going on. We just happened to be at the right place and the right time, because we were the only organized group that played it all the time." George Porter, Jr. '95
"Funk...that music has such strong roots in the Earth. With all the earthiness there's always room for flight. The biggest reason I enjoy this new kind of funk is the contrast between the wide open improvisations and the funky foundation at the bottom. It gives the music a character that is broad, vast, yet in touch with the people." Herbie Hancock '77.