An all-star line-up of modern funk pioneers promises to heat up your summer
A wealth of talented DJs and musicians descend on LA for Modern Funk Fest this June. Organized by your favorite online retailer of vinyl jams, MoFunk Records and our dear friends at Hobo Camp Records, Modern Funk Fest is certified to be the perfect start to summer.
Headlining the event is Los Angeles Legend The Egyptian Lover backed by a full live band (comprised of Brian Ellis, Ghost, and XL Middleton), and additionally supporting live is Beverly Girl from Finland (making their USA debut), and Long Beach via Tuscon icon Zackey Force Funk. Hotthobo, Gwizski, Mamabear, 5D, and members of Funkmosphere, Austin Boogie Crew, Activate LA, Uptown Boogie, and Wax Works will be handling DJ duties between the performances upstairs and throughout the event in the downstairs venue, and Moniquea will be MCing the event.
MODERN FUNK FEST AT THE GRAND STAR JAZZ CLUB (943 Sun Mun Way)
JUNE 16TH, 2018
Presented by Modern Funk Fest, Discogs, MoFunk, and Hobo Camp.
Tickets: $10 Early Bird, $12 Advance, $15 Door, 21+
THE EGYPTIAN LOVER (LIVE WITH BRIAN ELLIS, GHOST AND XL MIDDLETON)
BEVERLY GIRL (Finland, their USA DEBUT)
ZACKEY FORCE FUNK (MoFunk, Hit & Run)
HOTTHOBO (HOBO CAMP / NTS / VOLTAIRE)
GWIZSKI (OMEGA SUPREME RECORDS)
MAMABEAR (SWEATER FUNK / DUBLAB)
5-D (BOOGIE JAZZ / FRESH 45s)
BILLY GOODS & LAROJ (FUNKMOSPHERE)
SPENCE & CHICKEN GEORGE (AUSTIN BOOGIE CREW)
KARLO & TREMAINE (ACTIVATE LA)
ROLLER8, DJ 671, CANCUN JOEY (UPTOWN BOOGIE)
OPS, SELEK D’FUNK (WAX WORKS)
AND HOSTED BY: MONIQUEA (MoFunk)
The Egyptian Lover
The Egyptian Lover started out as a D.J. in Los Angeles with Uncle Jamms Army doing dances at the L.A. Sports Arena. He began recording around Los Angeles in 1982 as a member of the Radio Crew. In the early days of hip hop, albums were rare, so most of The Egyptian Lover’s successful recordings were 12″ singles. He would eventually release some of the earliest rap LPs, which was especially unique for being west-coast based, but they were less popular than his singles. But on the strength of containing an alternate mix of his most popular single “Egypt, Egypt”, 1984’s On the Nile was moderately successful. After a break in the early 1990s, Egyptian Lover returned in 1994 with “Back from the Tomb”. His last full-length album in over ten years. Since then he has made “Platinum Pyramids” and “Electro Pharoah” (Digital MP3) and has recently released a New Album entitled “1984” and is currently working on his next LP “1985”. The Egyptian Lover will be backed by a live band comprised of Brian Ellis, David “DJ Ghost” Zylberman, and XL Middleton.
Beverly Girl is one of Scandinavia’s brightest and funkiest stars for 2018. Known for their euphoric live shows, the Finnish modern disco act has gone through an extremely busy year that has seen them skyrocketing from music blogs all over the world to live clubs and festivals in France, Estonia and Sweden. Having already released three successful singles this year – all of which have gained a noticeable amount of both national airplay and Spotify Finland playlist slots. Beverly Girl is currently working on a special co-write release in LA, scheduled to release during the spring of 2018.
Zackey Force Funk
Zackey Force Funk was born into this wild world in Tucson, AZ in 1974. In and out of prison since the age of 17, ZFF began producing on pirated software his brother gave to him once he had given up a life crime to focus on writing tunes and raising his family. First discovered by Kutmah back in the golden era of Myspace, Zackey’s signature “Force Funk Sound” swiftly grabbed the attention of a number of formidable producers. Collaborations followed shortly after with the likes of Salva, Lazer Sword, Lorn, Baron Zen, Daedelus and B. Bravo, as well as forming the group Demon Queen with Tobacco. As these tunes were scattered across various labels, finding their homes on their respective collaborator’s projects, ZFF continued to hone his style, delving deeper into the psychedelic future funk realm of which he has created for himself. The fruits of his discipline were showcased on his latest LP “Chrome Steel Tiger”, and his debut LP entitled ‘Money Green Viper”, both released on LA based collective Hit+Run. He is set to release his latest LP “Body Rock Shotgun” on MoFunk records this summer.
Flyer Illustration and Design by Kenji Blouin-Ito (Massflow)