May 29th, 2017
Following the unexpected closure of The Forge, previously home of Funk At The Forge, this special monthly clubnight has moved to another of London’s hottest venues, 229, and is inaugurating the club on Saturday Junes 10th with an absolutely killer lineup! Co-headlining this very popular night are two of the UK’s most in-demand funk acts – The Haggis Horns and Crowd Company. Topping things off will be more live music from Big Easy and Willwork4funk boss and DJ Calamity Jade spinning funk & soul goodies from her record bag.
THE HAGGIS HORNS
The Haggis Horns have been at the forefront of the UK funk scene since they drew attention as a horn section on the legendary album “Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds“. They went on to form their own full band in 2004 and have three highly acclaimed funk-fuelled albums under their belt, “Hot Damn! , “Keep On Movin” (First Word Records) and recently released “What Comes To Mind” (Haggis Records) . They have been rocking crowds the world over for years winning fans with their distinctive northern funk sound combining ass-shaking breakbeats, afrobeat, soul and boogie.
Original retro funk and soul with a modern twist from 8 piece band Crowd Company, one of London’s leading bands of the genre. Brimful of energy with a raw edge, catchy hooks, and tight grooves, the band have a finely tuned sound based around retro funk grooves with a soulful edge, evoking the spirit of 60s and early 70s funk. Crowd Company’s recent album “Now Or Never” features appearances by Alan Evans from Soulive and Joe Tatton from The New Mastersounds.
DJ CALAMITY JADE
Hailing from Milan, Italy, DJ Calamity Jade is a DJ, radio host and manager of Willwork4funk promotion agency. From spinning in leading clubs of the funk/soul circuit in Italy and abroad (Germany, France, Switzerland and NYC), or opening/closing for acts such as The New Mastersounds (UK), The Mighty Mocambos (DE), Myles Sanko (UK), and more, Calamity Jade has been incessantly bringing her bags of vinyl goodness to the most discerning ears and funky dancefloors.
Big Easy are a New Orleans influenced funk and soul band fronted by award winning singer David Migden. The band members have played on albums and gigged all over the world with artists such as Robert Plant, Matt Berry, Ruby Turner, Lillian Boutte etc.