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Earthy brews, tunes, and crews will be in abundance at the 13th annual SweetWater 420 Fest taking place on April 21-23 at Centennial Olympic Park Atlanta’s music industry has been blessed with an infinite supply of different genres and scenes, so there’s no doubt that almost anything (from funk to experimental to hip-hop) is alive […]Read more "‘Funkmaster’ bands make their SweetWater 420 Fest debuts"
Point of Reference, The Orange Constant’s sophomore studio album, manages to surpass their very clean and professional release from August: Live at Sit-N-Spin Studios. This is an experimental thread that takes you off the beaten path through one person’s experience of the album, we hope you enjoy. Oh and stream the album while you read by scrolling to the bottom and playing the Bandcamp plugin.
“Float” – The softly spoken intro built on Andrew’s melodic guitar entrenched upon syncopated drum & bass over the high end organ hum. The sound swells into the crest of a high and beautiful wave till it hits that place where water finally breaks and rolls back. Broken by Lee’s technically pleasing drum paradiddle queued on top of hi-hat breaks as Andrew sings softly painting a lyrical painting with gentle strokes accompanied by classy piano.
Nick’s driving guitar and Chris’s key breakdowns are reminiscent to an old PGroove styling, back when they were still a Statesboro/Savannah area jam band. Like “walking in place” or “sun dog” the band jumps into another inversion that lands them in a positive pocket of good vibrations; including eloquently phased lyrics cherried atop, completing the sweet sundae-like song that even includes perfectly placed electric hi-hats sprinkled in. For those of you not streaming the album from the bottom of the review while reading, hopefully you can imagine this all around perfect intro track.
“Something we can use” incorporates well used horns and percussion that diverts from the typical funk or jazz sound that normally goes hand in hand with brass. Instead they bring it back to an early 90s era, post grunge-back to basics rock structure that will remind some of the relaxed rockers with, Cake.
“Sir Martin’ is by far my favorite Track on record due to shear ingenuity, truthfully original structure, and intimate passion that can be felt emanating from the band whilst making a legitimate connection to the listener.
The title track “Point of Reference” leads with Tyler’s multi-step bassline that does a little more than walking. Singing about 441 which is near and dear to many of our hearts, brings back nostalgic memories that float about through the brain like the ebb & flow of this tune. Whether you are Jack Kerouac, a touring a band, or hell just been on a road trip through GA then you will be able to relate to this intentful track.
As your body acclimates to the dreamy blanket that whooshes through your ears, be weary; there is a sharp turn ahead. The car derails, only for a moment, and drops you into a Mad Hatter trip down into a deep dark K hole only to lead back into a place of content because “the stars will guide you”.
“Ego Chatter” comes in hot, hitting a funky intro with building horns and would be an absolute treat to see live. The verse kicks in with a backing reggae vibe and is given the signature TOC treatment with washes of dark paint pallets providing more character than your typical ska, irey, or dub song.
“Red Ryder” struts in packing a GA Southern twang that is served with a healthy helping of psychedelic breakfast with Syd. The down tuned mood gets entwisted in a somber dead confederate sigh; with their last breath they squeeze out a scream for a single sip of drink. The final drop of water drips onto the desert dwelling of Morrison, as the keys are surpassed only by the vocal echoes throughout the cave for one last rebel yell before the light sinks beneath the earth. Rest in peace Red Ryder.
The Orange Constant formed in August 2012 and quickly made a name for themselves in Statesboro, GA. Now, The Orange Constant resides in Athens, GA and performs in venues all over the Southeast and continues to grow their fan-base with their contemporary yet vintage rock sound. TOC recorded their debut album, Time to Go with Grammy nominated producer John Keane (REM, Widespread Panic) which was released June 19th, 2015. Time to Go garnered praise from many publications, including Relix Magazine, who included TOC in their “On the Verge” column in the October-November 2015 issue. In addition, they have played on bills that include Perpetual Groove, TAUK, The Mantras, and Atlas Road Crew. TOC won the 2016 Flagpole Athens Music Award for best “Jam/ Funk”. Their second LP Point of Reference, out in March 2017, demonstrates their urge to break genre restrictions and find a sound to call their own.
The album was recorded at Chase Park Transduction in Athens during October – December 2016 with Drew Vandenberg (discography includes of Montreal, Mothers, Kishi Bashi), and was mastered by Joe Lambert (catalog includes Animal Collective, Local Natives, The Black Crowes).
Containing songs written over a span of four years, Point of Reference displays a striking maturity in TOC’s songwriting. Compared to their debut album Time to Go, this release embraces more risk taking in the studio, fueled by Vandenberg’s experimental leanings. Although TOC has been labeled a jam band in the past, this release demonstrates that they are more likely to be inspired by 70’s AOR and contemporaries like My Morning Jacket than Phish.
Be Funky. Be Present. Be You.
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ABV and Greg Mike‘s crew has cemented themselves into the leaders of Atlanta’s contemporary art scene since the birth of Drink & Doodle back in 2011. Their methods and mediums may not be as clear cut as MODA, but the shear attention to detail and connection to the community sets them apart. From the first time you step foot inside the doors, you can pick up on this creative vibration that is permutating off the artists amid their process through the air and reverberating off the walls. Taking in all of the color and style into your visual spectrum is quite exhilarating whether it is your 1st or 40th visit because the lineup and art collections are constantly changing and reinventing themselves.
12 artists create new work from 7-10 that goes up for silent auction throughout the night. Free and Open to the Public!
Colin Sims (@colinsims)
Diego Penuela (@diegoillustration)
Janice Rago (@janiceragoart)
Michael Mauldin (@mauldin_art)
Ted Murphy “Spooky Toons” (@spookytoons)
Travis Smith (@13_robots)
Running into Wolf at Terminal West is how I originally heard about the art happenings going on at ABV. I had always seen and heard about Greg Mike’s works going on throughout the city, but Wolf notified me about all the other artists going through ABV from local to world renowned international.
To give you a little background, Wolfdog was born and raised by a pack of wild wolves in the deep forests of Madison, Wisconsin. After a 4 year trek south, Wolfdog ended up settling in the Old Fourth Ward district of Atlanta, GA. With a expertise in all art forms visual, Wolfdog spends his time creating new works that push the boundaries of all things creative. From Graphic Design to Fine Art, Wolfdog has worked with over 200+ brands on various projects. When he’s not in the cave, Wolfdog lends his creative claws to ABV’s design studio or heads out to collect new tattoos.
Another one of my favorite rising artists is Big Teeff who drew the new Wall Rat Crew shirt you can see below. I grabbed one and you can too if you visit the gallery in Studioplex off of Auburn Ave in person. If you would like to discover more work by Big Teeff check out his IG.
“A BETTER VIEW” Winter group exhibition at my gallery, ABV. 60 artists from around the world will be showing new work in ATLANTA, many who have never shown in this market. The Winter Collection .
Born and raised in Connecticut, childhood trips to NYC in the mid-’80s exposed Greg Mike to the creative potential of reinventing public spaces through art and design. Always obsessed with the boundless energy and crisp line work of iconic American mid-century cartoons, by his early teens Greg began using the walls of his native state to fuse these two passions together. Mixing the take-no-prisoners bombast of classic NYC street art with the eagle-eyed precision of mass market illustration and animation has been his goal from the beginning. Further inspired by his deep involvement with skate culture and his intersections with the fashion world, he has become known for pieces that incorporate vivid explosions of incandescent color filtered through a Surrealist Pop Art perspective. Populated by gleefully twisted characters, his world is unsettling, mischievous and uniquely captivating.
Currently based in Atlanta, GA, Greg Mike is the founder and creative director of ABV AGENCY / GALLERY, a multi-platform studio specializing in branding, apparel design and visual production. A hub for Atlanta innovators, ABV also functions as a gallery exhibiting artists from around the world, highlighting emerging talents alongside globally recognized names.
Here is a link to Greg Mike’s latest print:
Whether its street art around town or desinging badass music venues like Terminal West, ABV is your one stop shop. No job is too big or small – they have made logos for bands like Modern Measure and created installations for Global Brands including Heineken. Their ability to continually create fresh, powerful creative ventures while incorporating local artists is the backbone to their success. Click here for ABV’s website, check out this video recap, and go visit ABV at their next event!
Stay Funky my Friends,
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Funk Fest 8 was a blast in the sleepy water front town of Punta Gorda, Florida yet everyone came to get down on March 3 and 4th including some of the best funk rock acts in the US! Father son duo, Matt and Nick Nemec, are the brains and brawn behind the this annual undertaking. They have managed to morph it from a small stage with some local acts to multiple stages with some of the nation’s top musical talent while still promoting the local music scene. The growing event has attracted all types of vendors and business owners alike to become part of the family and also contribute their own personal offering to add character to the weekend. The event supports local charities including United Way as well. There are 18 performances on two side-by-side stages, which means you don’t have to miss a single note!
3-11 p.m. March 3
The Black Honkeys
Greg Billings Band
1-11:30 p.m. March 4
Here Come the Mummies
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Das Funk Haus
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Dumpstaphunk represents New Orleans funk — with Crescent City royalty in the form of Ivan and Ian Neville (keyboards and guitar, respectively). They and their bandmates — Tony Hall (bass and guitar), Nick Daniels (bass), and Alvin Ford, Jr. (drums) — play titanic shows so deep in funk and rock that you simply get lost in the music. They do play covers, but the real strength of the band lies in their original compositions. This is what real power sounds like.
Bringing the funk from Denver are The Motet, who regularly throw down massive sets of jazz, Afrobeat, funk and rock. Mostly, though their shows are just one big dance party, and they invite everybody to join them in the groove. Backed by one the nastiest rhythm sections ever in Dave Watts (drums) and Garrett Sayers (bass), The Motet will keep you on your feet start to finish. New vocalist Lyle Divinsky is great, and Joey Porter (keys), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Gabe Mervine (trumpet), and Drew Sayers (sax) will blow your mind.
Here Come the Mummies might strike you as a put-on or a gimmick, but these guys flat-out will funk you to pieces. Once you’ve appreciated the brilliance of their wrappings, dig into the deep funk they play, often loaded with brilliant double-entendres. Who’s in the band? Mummy Cass(anova), Eddie Mummy, K.W. TuT, Spaz, The Flu, Ra, B.B.Queen, The Pole, Midnight, & Will Pharaoh. Now you know!
If you’re looking for a “rock funk power trio,” then you want TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds. Reynolds is a brilliant guitarist, once a partner with Dave Matthews in an acoustic duo setting. He is revered as a master. This will be a plugged-in, rock-out set from the North Carolina three.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is the brainchild of Big Sam, former trombone player for Dirty Dozen Brass Band and hands down (feet down) the best dancer with a trombone ever. Their best description? NOLAdelic Powerfunk!
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad deliver psychedelic roots from Rochester, but of course there is much more to their sound than that, with roots reggae and dub, sweet vocals and an infectious sound.
It has been more than a year since Voodoo Visionary (Atlanta) released their excellent first album, Spirit of the Groove. Since then, they have toured extensively, playing with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, TAUK, The Main Squeeze and more, with festival appearances at 420 Sweetwater and many others. Their music is jammed full of Southern-style rock and funk.
Black Taxi is “one of NYC’s most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities and unparalleled energy.” Now you know this is going to be a blast!
From Clearwater come The Black Honkeys, a nine-member band who pack shows with their great takes on “Motown, funk, soul, rock & roll.” Try sitting still. As if…
The Greg Billings Band flat-out rock. And they’ve been rocking — for a long time. They play their 35th-anniversary show at the end of January! This is pure energy! AARP be damned!
Asheville’s prime funk export is a five-man juggernaut called The Fritz. They have toured relentlessly, playing festivals all over, headlining quite a few. Their infectious enthusiasm sweeps over the crowd in tsunamis. Fronted by singer Jamar Woods and his command center of keyboards, this band is a non-stop party.
If you want to hear the past and the future of New Orleans, look no further than Naughty Professor. This incredible young sextet play with one foot in the rich history of the Crescent City and the other on the forefront of funky jazz. They are, in every sense, the real deal.
Das Funk Haus is a Bradenton quintet playing eclectic psychedelic funk. With Juanjamon on sax and keyboards, that’s for certain!
Representing hometown, Cape Coral’s Soulixer is a trio whose mission is to deliver “a high-energy, cosmic concoction of funk and soul assembled with the full intention of greasing your ear whistle.” We have no reason to doubt them!
Walter Lukens is an Austin singer-songwriter who plays “indie rock, R&B, and AM pop.” He released Never Understood in October and is touring with his “favorite band of sweet and tender hooligans,” The Sidearms.
Stay Funky my Friends,
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Kilroy Kobra is an up and coming 10 piece alt/indie/world jam rock band based out of Atlanta, GA. With so many members, it’s no wonder that there would be such an amalgamation of genres and sounds. They’ve recently released their first LP entitled, Man of the World, and might I say it has quite a […]Read more "Atlanta’s Kilroy Kobra Talks Life, Facts, and Man of the World"
There really aren’t enough festivals that embellish amazing up and coming talent and nationally acclaimed acts with lavish beachy vibes only a couple of meters away. Funk Fest 2017 succeeded in delivering proud talent for it’s 8th year in a row. The food vendors were delicious, and the merch vendors provided a spectacular array of […]Read more "The Funkdown on Funk Fest Punta Gorda 2017"
(*Blue Moon is not our sponsor… unless they want to be) Last Friday, a classic Atlanta Venue held host to a trifecta of local talent. The venue, Smith’s Old Bar; and the talent, comprised of LaGoons, Orange Constant, and Disco Tendencies, who provided an evening of sole-splitting jams, and soul-lifting musicianship. The first act of […]Read more "Disco Tendencies W/ Orange Constant and LaGoons"
Big Sam’s Funky Nation and The Naughty Professor are two acts that should not be missed! This is the last thread we are releasing before Funk Fest so we will dive into the bio of BSFN and The Naughty Professor then after have more info about the funkin fest. Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a […]Read more "FUNK FEST Punta Gorda This Weekend!"
It is always a treat to catch a set of Voodoo Visionary around town, but last Friday at Aisle 5 was an especially mesmerizing night. Not only was it their Sophomore Album Release Party of Off The Ground, but there was also a silent auction benefiting a friend in need whose house was burnt down […]Read more "Voodoo Visionary Album Release Party @ Aisle5"
THE FUNKING WAIT IS OVER! Funk Fest 8 Punta Gorda is back and better than ever!!! 15 bands, 2 stages, 2 days, and more experiences. Funkadelic Threads will be there to cover the 8th year of the festival on March 3rd and 4th 2017! Tickets: https://tix.extremetix.com/webtix/2859 – A portion of each ticket will be donated to […]Read more "Funk Fest Punta Gorda feat. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and The Motet"
Music Monday is back and better than ever. The Funkadelic Team is going to breakdown the best shows all around the Atlanta Area and offer you the best options for each day so you don’t have to! Drum roll please…. Monday: Reverend Hylton & more at The EARL Tuesday: Northside Tavern – Swami Gone Bananas are Atlanta’s […]Read more "#MusicMonday // Must See Shows of the Week"
THE FUNKING WAIT IS OVER! Funk Fest 8 Punta Gorda is back and better than ever!!! 15 bands, 2 stages, 2 days, and more experiences. Funkadelic Threads will be there to cover the 8th year of the festival on March 3rd and 4th 2017! Tickets: https://tix.extremetix.com/webtix/2859 – A portion of each ticket will be donated to […]Read more "Funk Fest Punta Gorda is Back for Round 8"
It’s always an amazing experience to be able to connect with the variety of people that make up Atlanta’s creative identity. As a grassroots effort, THE LAB brand was founded by artist, fashion designer, certified Yoga teacher and Georgia native, Lindsey A. Barnett. Representing a message of strength, truth and freedom and rallying for love, […]Read more "Live @ THE LAB With Lindsey Barnett"
Whew, this has been about 2 years coming and there’s no better time to launch than with our beloved Falcons headed to Super Bowl 51! So everyone please help us RISE UP our new store and spread the word! ***Designed in ATL*Manufactured in America*** Link to Store This is a special new play on the […]Read more "Official Launch of Funkadelic Threads’s Merch Store"
The Hometown Heroes of Funk blew everyone out of the water during SweetWater Brewing Company‘s announcement of SweetWater 420 Festival‘s full lineup! They reached downstream to team with Aisle 5 and Don’t Fret Entertainment to bring many of the best local acts to the stage as well including Funk You, Hedonistas, CBDB, Andy Bruh, Hiku and […]Read more "Voodoo Visionary Ignites SweetWater’s 420Fest Lineup Announcement"
This is a special #WonderWednesday – Imagine what it would sound like to put Funk You, IRE, Voodoo Visionary, and Hedonistas together… now stop hurting brain because you can listen right HERE! The supergroup funked up Aisle 5 before Backup Planet took the stage on 12/27/16. This is a special lineup including Ben Cooper of […]Read more "Atlanta Super Jam // FLOATIEZ"
The first #MusicMonday feature of the 2017 series covers Lettuce’s music, background and success that has made them into the Funkiest Band Alive! The past few years the band has been on an upward trajectory headed straight to outer space to join the ranks of legends like Parliament Funkadelic and The Meters. I was introduced […]Read more "Lettuce // The Funkiest Band Alive"
… No it is not what you think it is (or how it sounds). The reticular activating system (RAS) is an impressive-sounding name for a fairly small piece of the brain that controls consciousness. Through science we can prove that creating your mindset to focus on positivity will actually change your life! Setting your RAS to […]Read more "Wonder Wednesday // Reticular Activator"
Nolen Reeves Music Presents: Runaway Gin 2 night NYE run at Smith’s Olde Bar! Hailing from Charleston, SC – the band is the World’s most active Phish Tribute featuring original jams and precise transcriptions. Pick up your discounted two night passes HERE! And check out how they sound below: With over 200 shows under their belt, […]Read more "Music Monday // Runaway Gin"
Pioneering online organizer Eli Pariser is the author of “The Filter Bubble,” about how personalized search might be narrowing our worldview. As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to […]Read more "Wonder Wednesday // Online Filter Bubbles"
Athens based band, Perpetual Groove, is back rocking out Terminal West for a 3 night NYE run! PGroove will be gracing us with their epic jams from the 29-31st and a special Fan Selist on on 12/29 with Quaildogs opening. On the 30th, they will have support from Thae Pierce & The T-Stones and finally on […]Read more "Music Monday // Perpetual Groove"
Meet Laurie Dominguez and Steven Lingenfelter, owners of Illegal Food located in the heart of Virginia Highlands at 1044 Greenwood Ave NE. They are famed for their legendary take on traditional burgers and fries, but want yall to know they are #NotJustBurgers any more. And if you have not had the pleasure of tasting their delectable […]Read more "Featured Restaurant // Illegal Food"
November 19th, 2016 **All photography by Bonnie Morét** Athens, GA based Universal Sigh played a KILLER set at Aisle 5 in Atlanta, GA. ATL is second home to the Sigh and was nothing short of a hometown throw down. If you missed out, no worries, I’m here to recap on all of the luscious licks… […]Read more "Live With Universal Sigh @ Aisle 5"
Hey everybody the day is finally here – The first collaboration between Reconsidered Media & Funkadelic Threads! Today’s podcast dives deep into how FT started and what makes us tick. We will continue to team up and post a fresh thread every Thursday when their podcasts are released. Check out the video below and tell […]Read more "Featured Podcast // Reconsidered & Funkadelic Threads Collab"
Yep, you read that right – Voodoo Visionary will be opening for Karl Denson’s Tiny Univer featuring Jimmy Herring this Saturday (12/3) at Terminal West’s sold out show. One of the highlights of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz Fest season came on May 1, when Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe welcomed Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring […]Read more "Hometown Heroes of funk Voodoo Visionary to Open for Karl Denson and Jimmy Herring"
Our friends at The Nation of Nobody, the brainchild of Anthony Kinnel, has officially started their line of streetwear and we were able to get an exlcusive… so let my stop typing and let you read his words: “The whole idea behind Nation of Nobody is to create art without ego. Collective Art, Minds, Emotion, […]Read more "Featured Thread // Nation of Nobody"
Covered by Luke Armstrong // #LukeBox17 Website: https://lucasarmstrong.squarespace.com/ full album: http://lukebox17.pass.us/phish_ga_oct_21_2016/ Stay Funky my Friends, ~Mr. Nobody~ #keepATLfunkyRead more "Featured Photo Thread // Phish Atlanta"
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Now that the dust has settled after Atlanta United’s inaugural season ended, we here at 1788 Sports decided it’s time to take a look back at the wild, amazing, and successful first season of the future best team in the MLS (starting next year). When this team was announced by the league on April 16, over three years ago now, no one predicted the huge impact that the team would have on the league, and on the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and surrounding states. For those of us in the southeast, there is no MLS team. The closest team before Atlanta United to many of us was DC United, Orlando City, or FC Dallas, depending where we called home. To have, in just three years, built up a substantial Front Office populated with President Darren Eales, brought over from Tottenham…
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By: Billy Lindahl (@1788sports, @billylindahl) The “Braves Way” is dead and I couldn’t be happier. Before you jump all over me, understand why I’m saying this. I love John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox. Hell I freakin’ teared up at Bobby’s last game in the playoffs. A grown man, tearing up…Anyways. John…
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