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Afrofunk Experience and Curtis Bumpy at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall February 18th 2011 10 pm $7.00 Bumpy’s roots reach back to classic Bay Area ensembles such as The Coup, The Smoking Section, Pothole, Motherbug, Engine 88, Hieroglyphics Ensemble, Papa’s Culture, 5 Point Plan, as well as a rack of marquee groups Mr. Bumpy is too modest to list Bumpy’s roots reach back to classic Bay Area ensembles such as The Coup, The Smoking Section, Pothole, Motherbug, Engine 88, Hieroglyphics Ensemble, Papa’s Culture, Five Point Plan, as well as a rack of marquee groups Mr. Bumpy is too modest to list. Curtis Bumpy is all folks, but especially: Latrice Barnett (vox) Omega Brooks (vox) Damon Wood (guitar) Keith McArthur (bass) David James (guitar, vox) Jordan Glasgow (keys) Jan Jackson (drums) David Agretelis (sax) Josh Jones (percussion) 7 years ago, Bassist Wendell Rand (Afrolicious/Pleasuremaker, Tracorum, Youssoupha Sidibe) along with singer Victor Sila Mutungi, started Sila and the AfroFunk Experience (SAFE) as a World Music ensemble, working in local clubs, but eventually playing many notable festivals like EarthDance and San Francisco's annual Stern Grove Festival. SAFE were also winners of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding World Music Album: “Black President” in 2009. After an decision to part with Sila, AFE transformed itself into the Funk music powerhouse that now tours the West Coast of the United States. The Musicians: Guitarist David James (Spearhead, The Coup) brings his sinewy style to counter the funk-metal stylings of lead guitarist Ken House (H.P. Riot). The precise drumming of Paul Olipant with Wendell Rand's muscular dance grooves keep the band tight while saxophonist, David Boyce (Broun Fellinis) and trumpeter Mike Pitre (Bohemian Knuckle Boogie) wail, their horns producing a sound that encompasses classic Wailers, afrobeat and R&B. On top of all this, recent addition Sandy House (Wade Love Band) adds her sultry voice and powerful stage presence.
Downtown Berkeley Music Festival
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