SYDNEY STREET FESTIVAL: BEAMS Arts Festival is coming soon!!


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BEAMS ARTS FESTIVAL 2013

The BEAMS Arts Festival is returning for one bright night in Chippendale!

BEAMS Arts Festival 2013

Saturday 21 September, 5pm-10pm
Balfour Street and surrounding laneways
FREE – all welcome!

Saturday September 21, 2013 will see the laneways of Chippendale emerge into a colourful kaleidoscopic oasis unlike any festival our burgeoning city has ever seen!

Hosted by Chippendale Creative Precinct, and Festival Director and President of Chippendale Creative Precinct, Nicky Ginsberg; this year’s BEAMS Arts Festival will provide a platform for emerging artists and musicians to enthrall, enchant, challenge, and engage you to think beyond spaces ordinary and extraordinary.

With this year’s themes of ‘Revitalisation’ and ‘New World Cities’, we ask the question ‘Is the future a place of wonder?’

To help express these ideas of ‘Revitalisation’ and ‘New World Cities’, we are excited to present audiences with a stellar array of talented musicians and DJ’s who are the epitome of revitalisation, traversing with one foot firmly planted in the present, and the other ready to take flight embracing the strange magnetic future that we each have a hand in shaping.

BEAMS Musical Director and Chippendale resident, John Cawley of Funkdafied has been invited to curate the BEAMS Arts Festival musical acts. Funkdafied is an Event Promotions Company based in Sydney Australia, promoting regular quality events encompassing many genres from Afrobeat, Latin, Disco, Reggae and Hip Hop. At the heart of their passion is their strong focus on Jazz, Rare Groove, Soul & Funk.

We are proud to announce the line-up of musical artists for the festival! There is set to be an uplifting Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, and Jazz Fusion sound, with a splash of free spirited Indie Rock to cushion your evening. Musicians on the bill are: Gang of Brothers, AlphamamaMilanThe Psyde ProjectsBillie McCarthyDane Laboryie DuoKristie NicholasThe Rhythm Hunters, and Krista Pav.

DJ’s on the night include Graham Mandroules JC (Funkdafied)Patrick CurdaNTSC, Leo Tanoi, Frenzie and The Groove Merchant.

Chippendale Creative Precinct and BEAMS Arts Festival 2013 invite you to reclaim the streets, and inhale the wondrous magic of Chippendale thick in artistic expression.

Art installation pieces, music and food rolled into one!! MARK THIS DATE IN YOUR CALENDARS!

ALL MUSIC ENQUIRIES AND INTERVIEWS CONTACT:
KRYSTEL DIOLA

BEAMS Arts Festival Music PR

T: +61 420 693 772

E: krysteldiola@behindthefront.com.au

www.beamsfestival.com.au

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ELITE FUNK AND SOUL BAND : KASHMERE STAGE BAND (US) TO TOUR AUSTRALIA 2013


Sydney Festival and Funkdafied audiences will witness for the first time ever, the compelling and rare musical ingenuity from members of the legendary and award-winning Kashmere Stage Band – the all funk big band survivors of the late 1960’s United States Big Band competition. Eleven original members of the thirty-something Kashmere Stage Band will take to the stage  as part of Sydney Festival 2013, alongside shows in Brisbane and Melbourne.

At a time when citizens took to the streets in unison with clenched fists held high as a powerful symbol of unification and resistance, racial segregation and political uncertainty compounded civil unrest, consequently reducing America to its knees.

One band stood to overcome the violence that permeated an entire nation, uniting a community together, breaking the profound racial tension through the power of Funk music! 

In 1967, Texan music teacher Conrad O. Johnson formed a band with his all African American high school students at Kashmere High School called the Kashmere Stage Band. Competing in the fiercely competitive, conservative and almost entirely white national High School Stage Band Competitions, the Kashmere Stage Band exceled beyond expectations.

546470_214147282054376_1634532538_nThe Kashmere Stage Band

Johnson and his big band broke down racial barriers and challenged the status quo with their elaborate funk arrangements. He also changed the band’s look, encouraging them to embrace their own inimitable style by introducing an unprecedented element of showmanship; with each section choreographing slick moves with their instruments.

Amassing multiple awards around the nation, they went on to perform in Europe and Japan upon invitation. Reigning as the untouchable champions of the Big Band prestigious competition for years, Johnson not only changed the lives of hundreds of students, he instilled racial pride, faith and inner strength at a time when such values seemed a distant fable. Ultimately, his teaching methods went on to impact an entire education system, valuing and placing importance on the arts. His rigorous and heart-felt teaching methods were later espoused by the US education system, and to this day, continues to make an impact upon the lives of many students.

The band’s recordings have been collected by crate-diggers, feted (and sampled) by luminaries like DJ Shadow, and reissued by respected record label Stones Throw Records. All members of Kashmere Stage Band are aged in their 50’s, proving that music can not only serve as a powerful tool for education and change, but transcends age, race and gender.

What happens next proves to be historic!

For Sydney siders, Sydney Festival’s Paradiso at Town Hall and Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Kashmere Stage Band live performance is preceded by a screening of the fascinating documentary about them entitled Thunder Soul, narrated by Jamie Foxx. This is inspiring documentary details the history of the band and them coming together again for a special performance 30 years later. It is a truly inspirational documentary that details the legacy of both the Kashmere Stage Band and their legendary teacher Conrad ‘Prof’ Johnson.

NATIONAL TOUR DATES
January 18-27 (18+ only)

SYDNEY

Thu-Sun late night line-up til 2am

Where         Paradiso at Town Hall

When          January 20 Thunder Soul documentary screening at 7pm, Kashmere Stage Band at 9pm(free entry to Paradiso Terrace Bar from 5.30pm)

Tickets        $46 (standing tickets only, cushions provided for film screening)

Bookings    Ticketmaster 1300 723 038

                       Sydney Festival 1300 668 812

 

Where         Sutherland Entertainment Centre 30 Eton Street, Sutherland

When          January 18TH, 2013 at 8pm (Performance and Screening)

Bookings    Sydney Festival 1300 668 812

                     Sutherland Entertainment Centre 02 9521 8888

Where         Parramatta Festival Opening Night (Performance Only)

When          January 19TH, 2013

                     www.sydneyfestival.org

BRISBANE

Where         Brisbane Powerhouse (Performance and Screening)

When          JANUARY 25TH, 2013

                     www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

 

MELBOURNE

Where         Garden Party – SouthBank (Performance Only)

When          January 27th, 2013

                    www.melbournerecital.com.au

kashmere poster 2013

www.sydneyfestival.org.au/kashmere

http://www.funkdafied.com.au

FUNKDAFIED AND SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2013 PRESENTS: THE KASHMERE STAGE BAND IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME!!


FUNKDAFIED AND SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2013: THE KASMERE STAGE BAND (USA)!

January 20th 2013 – Paradiso at Town Hall with documentary screening “Thunder Soul”

January 18th 2013 – Sutherland Entertainment Centre

It’s an inspiring story about one man changing the lives of hundreds of people, at a time when they were at their most vulnerable, putting them on a path of creative expression…through arts education” – Director Mark Landsman

Sydney Festival and Funkdafied audiences will witness for the first time ever, the compelling and rare musical ingenuity from members of the legendary and award-winning THE KASHMERE STAGE BAND – the all funk big band survivors of the 1960’s United States band competition. Ten original members of the thirty elite high school stage band will be heading down under to perform for the 2013 Sydney Festival.

The KSB began their humble beginnings in the late 1960’s till 1974, at a time when citizens took to the streets in unison with clenched fists held high as a powerful symbol of unification and resistance, racial segregation and political uncertainty compounded civil unrest, consequently reducing America to its knees.

One band stood to overcome the violence that permeated an entire nation, uniting a country together to break the profound racial tension through Funk music! That’s right, FUNK MUSIC!

In 1967, Texan music teacher Professor Conrad O. Johnson, known as “The Prof” formed a band with his all African American high school students at Kashmere High School called the Kashmere Stage Band. Competing in the fiercely competitive, conservative and almost entirely white national High School Stage Band Competitions, the Kashmere Stage Band exceled beyond expectations.

Johnson and his big band broke down racial barriers and challenged the status quo with their elaborate funk arrangements. He also changed the bands look, encouraging them to embrace their own inimitable style by introducing an unprecedented element of showmanship; with each section choreographing slick moves with their instruments.

Amassing multiple awards around the nation, they went on to perform in Europe and Japan upon invitation. Reigning as the untouchable champions of this prestigious competition for years, Johnson not only changed the lives of hundreds of students, he instilled racial pride, faith and inner strength at a time when such values seemed a distant fable. Ultimately, his teaching methods and arts program went on to impact an entire education system to value the importance of arts education, now espoused by the current US education curriculum.

The band’s recordings have been collected by crate-diggers, feted (and sampled) by luminaries like DJ Shadow, and reissued by the respected label Stones Throw. All members of The Kashmere Stage Band are now aged in their 50’s, proving that music can not only serve as a powerful tool for education and change, but transcends age, race and gender.

A documentary called ‘THUNDER SOUL” released in 2011 was filmed narrated by Jamie Foxx, documenting the history of The Kashmere Stage Band from their humble beginnings in the late 1960’s, and documenting their deeply moving reunion in 2008 – before the death of their beloved Professor Conrad – a journey that will prove to be historic!

Check out the Thunder Soul trailer here:

At Sydney Festival’s Paradiso at Town Hall, The Kashmere Stage Band live performance is preceded by a screening of the fascinating documentary.

FUNKDAFIED

Funkdafied is an Event Promotions Company based in Sydney Australia, promoting regular quality events encompassing many genres from Afrobeat, Latin, Disco, Reggae and Hip Hop. At the heart of our passion is our strong focus on Jazz, Rare Groove, Soul & Funk. Created in 2006 by Sydney’s respected DJ and radio presenter John Cawley, Funkdafied was established dedicated to the development of Soul, Funk, and Jazz music in live venues across Sydney with a high calibre of local and international DJ’s and musicians under our artist and touring repertoire.

Bar snacks available.

*except Sunday 20 January for Kashmere Stage Band, 7pm doors

Paradiso Bar (on the terrace)

The Sydney Town Hall terrace becomes Paradiso Bar, the perfect place to meet friends for an after-work or pre-show drink. Free entry from 5.30pm (subject to capacity). Light hot meals available.

DETAILS

Where         Paradiso at Town Hall 483 George Street, Sydney (entry via Druitt Street)

When          January 20 Thunder Soul documentary screening at 7pm, Kashmere Stage Band at 9pm(free entry to Paradiso Terrace Bar from 5.30pm)

Tickets        $46 (standing tickets only, cushions provided for film screening)

Bookings     Ticketmaster 1300 723 038

                       Sydney Festival 1300 668 812

Check out http://www.funkdafied.com.au for more information! 

Where         Sutherland Entertainment Centre 30 Eton Street, Sutherland

When          January 18 at 8pm

Bookings   Sydney Festival 1300 668 812

                     Sutherland Entertainment Centre 02 9521 8888

HANDSOME BOY MODELLING SCHOOL sampled The Kashmere Stage Band for this track “Holy Calamity” produced by DJ Shadow:

* DJ Shadow proved to be instrumental in re-releasing their catalogue to a wider audience.

NEO SOUL GODFATHER: There’s nothing quite like OMAR!


It’s not so much chart positions, or paying the bills or anything… it’s about being able to have something that is creative, something that’s a part of your expression..” OMAR (Interview)


Some of you danced the night away to his sound, whilst some of you made love with his music in the background. Some of you would have dissected his musicianship apart because you wanted to be like him, sound like him, or channel him. Whatever the case may be, there were millions of fans expressing the same sentiment you did back when you first heard his unmistakable sound, not to mention his seductively captivating harmonies and funky grooves! If you were born before 1990, you would know the sound of multi-award winning musician OMAR LYE FOOK or OMAR as he is widely known. Labeled the Godfather of the revivalist soul genre NEO SOUL, developed in the early 1990’s alongside artists such as Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, and The Brand New Heavies; Omar crossed over international waters with his distinctive fusion sound, shaping the ground breaking Neo Soul movement around the world.

For the first time ever, Funkdafied and Red Karpet Music presents OMAR hitting Oxford Arts Factory on the 10th of November, 2012 for a unique performance with a LIVE BAND!

His first single ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ released through KONGO Records in 1990 was the very first track that instantaneously propelled Omar global recognition, not just with fans of his music, but cemented his musicianship amongst his critically acclaimed peers as an outstanding multi-instrumentalist. Most notably, legendary Stevie Wonder, upon hearing ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ publicly promised to make a no.1 hit for Omar which would only come to fruition 14 years later. After countless jam sessions, Omar and Stevie Wonder produced the track “Feeling You” released on TRU THOUGHTS label in 2006.

Omar’s discography articulates a man of quality control with a career spanning over 22 years, 6 albums, 14 singles and collaborative joints mostly accomplished with friends or those who were a fan of his music. His collaboration work ranges from Angie Stone, Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, Common, Caron Wheeler, Leon Ware, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Estelle and Syreeta Wright.

Support Acts, you ask?

The second support act is emerging Soul, Jazz and Hip Hop artist MILAN RING who will be performing not only songs from her new album in the works, but will also be playing guitar for Omar! If you don’t know Petersham’s diamond in the rough, get to know her FAST! Her maturity and musicianship is of a seasoned artist lending her guitar and vocal skills across multiple bands such as Sydney’s all female Jazz band named SIRENS BIG BAND, Sydney’s unique soulstress Alphamama, and a host of others. A well sought after musician across Sydney, Milan will surely be a name you will instantaneously recognize in the future.

Of course, the Funkdafied man himself JOHN CAWLEY spinning in between acts! Respected for his strong musical skills and passion towards all things soulful, his commitment towards the Sydney scene is truly undeniable. With over 20 years experience in the industry specializing in the field of soul and jazz, his skills will take you back in time on a musical journey that encompasses all the heavy weights of the industry, weaving through the maze that is soul!

Heard through the grapevine that there will be special guests added on the night… more details yet to be confirmed. Soul of Sydney fans brace yourself! Details have yet to be announced shortly!!

On Funkdafied….

Funkdafied and Red Karpet Music are excited to present this one time only event with one of NEO SOUL’S trailblazer, OMAR! With a plethora of soul musicians heading upon our shores within the next few months leading up to until the end of the year, Funkdafied is fast becoming one of Australia’s premiere events and promotions company. Funkdafied has invested hard work and years of propagating a community from the ground roots level up. The Sydney Soul community would not be what it is today without the influence and continued support of the community. So Funkdafied says ‘Thank You!”

It’s an exciting time for Australia, and with the event of Omar’s very first one and only Sydney performance, this may be the only chance you get to see him live on our shores. Let’s face it, how often do we get soul music royalty of his caliber  grace our city? Not that often. Do yourself a favour and purchase your tickets fast! They are selling out! This is shaping up to be HUGE!!

INFORMATION

WHEN: 10th of November, 2012

WHERE: Oxford Arts Factory

Facebook invite: http://www.facebook.com/events/277783625661412/?ref=ts

MOSHTIX: http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=59664

Website: www.omarmusic.co.uk

Red Karpet Music: www.redkarpetmusic.com

Funkdafied: www.funkdafied.com.au

MILAN RING: www.milanring.com

Let’s take you back with Omar’s first single ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ KONGO RECORDS 1990

OMAR AND STEVIE WONDER ‘Feeling You’ TRU THOUGHTS LABEL 2006

TRU THOUGHTS OMAR PODCAST

PODCAST BY OMAR Released on TRU THOUGHTS 2011

EVENT; High Flyers Little Secret #5 Warehouse Party feat. Graeme Park + Exclusive Promo Mix


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▶ This Is Graeme Park – Exclusive High Flyers Mix by DIGDEEP DJs.

Following on from a massive summer of events, the Funkdafied team are pleased to announce that we’re bringing it all back to where the Secret Warehouse parties first began for a monumental night of entertainment at Sun Studios! We might’ve had a short break but we’ve been busy. Here is the Full line up but we may have some more surprise special guests……….

TOM MIDDLETON

http://www.tommiddleton.com/

GRAEME PARK

http://thisisgraemepark.com/

MR THING

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-Thing/144517611347

DJ HUDGE

http://www.djhudge.com/

ERIC POWELL

http://www.djguide.nl/djinfo.p?djid=3502&language=en

NICC JOHNSON

SIMON CALDWELL

DJ KOOLADE

ROBBIE LOWE

KERRY WALACE

MR GLASS

KARL PRINZEN

DIGITAL LOVE DJ’S

RUSSTEE

We are proud to announce MR THING and DJ HUDGE headlining n the Funkdafied Room covering the usual melting pot of Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Disco and much more…….

In the House room we will have two very special guests in GRAEME PARK and TOM MIDDLETON. Two of the biggest names in House music who need no introduction…….

We hope you can all make it for what we’re hoping will be our biggest and best warehouse event so far; we have a massive production going into this one, and we look forward to seeing you all on the Dance Floor……

Photo gallery of NYD at Sun Studios:

http://www.funkdafied.com.au/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=10

Brought to you by our good mates @ Funkdafied; http://www.funkdafied.com.au/