Funk Fest Punta Gorda feat. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and The Motet

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: – A portion of each ticket will be donated to United Way Charity


General Admission Weekend Pass $50.00 + fee
Premier Weekend Pass $130.00 + fee
Exclusive Weekend Package $1,500 + fee – SOLD OUT


GA Day Pass $25.00 + fee

VIP Ticket’s include: 
Beer and Wine (ONLY) 
Table and Chairs provided 
Secured Private Stage Access
Cash Liquor Bar 
Improved…VIP Menu from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm 

General Admission: 
NEW… Cash Liquor Bar 
Food Beer and Wine tickets available at Front Gate

Address: 115 Tamiami Trl. Punta Gorda, Fl. 33950.

RSVP on Facebook Here

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s sixth studio album MAKE IT BETTER was released September 16, 2016 on Rootfire Cooperative. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.


Formed in 2001 in Rochester, New York, GPGDS first received praise for their live show, which combined world beats and reggae rhythms within jamband aesthetics. In recent years the band’s studio recordings, which showcase their songwriting and musicianship across all genres of roots music, have further cemented their legend as master innovators and artists. “There is a lot of intention in this release. We had a purpose to prove to ourselves recording this album [MAKE IT BETTER]. We wanted to know that we could put our heads down and do good work fast. It was a great release artistically. It uniquely sounds the most progressive of anything we have ever done while also sounding the most like our first album.” -James Searl, Bassist/Vocalist

Band Members
James Searl: Bass, Vocals
Chris O’Brian: Drums, Vocals
Dylan Savage: Guitar, Vocals
Dan Keller: Guitar, Vocals
Tony Gallicchio: Keys

Press Quotes
Steady cements GPGDS as one of the most innovative and boundary-pushing reggae bands out there.” Live For Live Music

Steady is the equivalent of a painter putting his most inspired vision on canvas with impeccable execution.” Top Shelf Reggae


The Motet is an American funk, afrobeat and jazz influenced group based in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1998 by drummer and bandleader Dave Watts, The Motet is Watts, guitarist Ryan Jalbert, bassist Garrett Sayers, keyboardist Joey Porter, trumpeter Gabe Mervine, vocalist Lyle Divinsky, and saxophonist Drew Sayers.[1]

You can’t fake the funk, and The Motet bring it on hard with a signature style that slaps you in the face with sounds that are fresh and unique.  The future of funk is clear on The Motet’s brand new studio album, Totem. The recent addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, who joined the band in early 2016, fans the flames of this already hot band.


Known for energetic live shows including an annual Halloween concert, the band has released seven studio albums. Their 2014 self-titled album was co-written and produced by all the band members, and was cut on analog recording equipment to capture their instruments’ live sounds. The newest album, Totem, was released July 8th, 2016.


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