Long Beach Music Scene: DaM-FunK to Play Free Show in DTLB (Dance Party Obviously Included)


Photo courtesy of DaM-FunK.

He’s been touted as a master of funk and purveyor of cool—and rightfully so.

DāM-FunK, ever since making his debut with 2008’s Toeachizown while also creating legendary DJ sets throughout LA and beyond, has been honing his funk skills to create powerful albums and sets that range from the well-known classics to hidden dollar-bin finds. (This is, after all, the man who created an 80-minute set with a single turntable in a garage, sitting down, with a blunt—and made it captivating.)

In other words, he is the perfect way to kick off the 10th Anniversary of Long Beach’s legendary Summer and Music (SAM) concert series when he takes over their FKA 720 event on June 23 in DTLB.

In fact, DāM-FunK’s influence is heard constantly on the radio and in the stream-o-sphere: from Daft Punk and Kendrick to Toro y Moi and Tyler, The Creator, his sound has brought forth a resurgence of funk.

One could argue that that influence was headed by DāM-FunK’s famed funk night, Funkmosphere, which ended last year after a 600-week run that taught LA and the region the local influence on a genre that was largely lost on the radio waves a decade ago. (And likely the influence behind Long Beach’s own Good Foot.)

Originally at the Carbon in Culver City, it moved to the Virgil in Hollywood in 2012 and forever etched the funk scene as a legitimate one. And while legendary performances surrounding everything from the catalogue of Moodymann to the electro-grooves of Egyptian Lover, it was DāM-FunK’s tributes to Prince that garnered him an deific status amongst funk lovers.

And yes, he will be doing a tribute to Prince—break out them dance moves to honor the Purple One’s 60th birthday—while also highlighting his newest album (and, hopefully, taking some spins with his recent collab with Christine & The Queen, whom he’ll be performing on Jimmy Fallon with on June 12).

On top of all the funk goodness, Long Beach artist David Van Patten has painted a mural that will be the floor of a fully custom skate park—three times bigger than years of past—where professionals and hopefuls alike will freely skate. Then some more DJs. Then some more good vibes. And repeat: a Prince dance party. All free. All family-friendly. All awesomeness.

In other words, go.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.