FRI NOV 5: PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG: THE NEW KINGS OF FUNK

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents:

PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG: THE NEW KINGS OF FUNK

Fri. Nov. 5 – 8pm – 2am – Free/No Cover – DJ Joe Mama

960 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL 60608, 773-890-0588

 

Music critic & historian Peter Guralnick has written on the transformation and vitality of American popular music covering artists ranging from Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke & Robert Johnson besides his exhaustive portraits on blues, country & rock ‘n’ roll. In his seminal work “Lost Highway: Journeys & Arrivals of American Musicians (Harper & Row, 1989) he recounts a night in 1977 to see Magic Slim & the Teardrops perform at Florence’s, one of Chicago’s thriving juke-joints that littered the southside. Upon entering it’s dim & smoke-filled interior, he was hit by the “sheer funk of all those closely-packed-together bodies, the shouts & laughter.”

 

To recapture & give a modern twist on this piece of Chicago musical lore, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Center, a name befitting of a seventies soul club, is featuring “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag: The New Kings of Funk” on Friday, November 5.

 

Mirroring the raucous sweaty vibe of past classic Chicago soul spots like the 708 Club, Theresa’s Lounge, Cleopatra’s & Pepper’s Lounge, Maria’s will get down & dirty with the grittiest grooves & foot-stomping soul from the new hedz & purveyors of funk.

 

Hosted by crate-diggin’ groove merchant disc jockey Joe Mama on the ones & twos, “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” will showcase the new leaders of deep funk, floor-shaking soul & hammond-burning beats.

 

Basing their style on the signature grooves of seminal artists of the sixties & seventies like James Brown, Dyke & the Blazers, Funkadelic, the Meters, Sly & the Family Stone & Rick James, these nu-funk artists pay humble tribute to their fore-fathers while reinterpreting & reinvigorating the funk. Labels like Desco, Daptone, Soul Fire, Record Kicks, Ubiquity, Truth & Soul and Tramp have been at the foreground of the reemergence of contemporary funk.

 

To keep true to the form we will be playing only vinyl 45s cuts (no digital – heaven forbid) from artists like Budos Band, El Michael’s Affair, Baker Brothers, Chicago’s own JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, New Mastersounds, Qualitons, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Tones, Dujo Cuts, Breakestra, Calypso King & the Soul Investigators and the Diplomats of Solid Soul. Like many of their predecessor’s output, many of these records have become quickly rare & relatively unknown due to their limited pressings.

 

So come on down to the southside for a night of floor-shaking funk & timeless soul. As James Brown the Father of Soul & Mr. Dynamite shouted, “It’s too funky in here.”

 

 

 

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