The same folks that bring you Americana music-themed Dunn Dunn Fest every winter are ready to celebrate Chicago's thriving funk music scene this month! Funk Fest Chicago hits Wicker Park's Subterranean April 18 and 19 next weekend, and it'll be time to dance!
"Chicago is home to some of the best funk bands in the country," the festival lauds on its Facebook page. "It's time we celebrate." And celebrate we will. The two-day funk flurry is backed by veteran Chicago promoter Harmonica Dunn, so you know you're in store for some professional partying.
Funk is one of those genres that brings to mind earlier, more soulful decades but has stayed strong in more recent years. A little bit of nostalgia mixed with contemporary rhythms should make for a weekend to remember.
More than ten Midwestern bands and artists will take the stage throughout the weekend. Highlights include traditional funk enthusiasts bq, ‘50s and ‘60s New Orleans funk recreators Swamp Heat, wacky experimental group Birds of Prey, energetic indie-funk crossover act Bassel and the Supernaturals, funky hip hop collective Deep Fayed and aliveOne's weekly Soul Party house DJ Mr. Gac.
Funk Fest starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19. You must be 17 or older to get into Sub-T those nights. Buy your tickets in advance for a discounted price! Two-day passes are $20 and single-day tickets are on sale for $10. If the shows don't sell out, you'll be able to purchase tickets at the door for $15.
Don't forget your dancing shoes, Chicago. It's gonna get hot on the floor!