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November 5, 1996 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
Korn is part of a funk-metal resurgence that includes 311, Rage Against the Machine, and the Deftones. While Korn is clearly not the best of the genre, the Southern California quintet succeeds at making heavy metal viable again and creating loud, aggressive rock for kids raised on Public Enemy and Metallica. Korn has only a few predictable moves, and the group tried all of them out on a capacity crowd at the Electric Factory on Friday night. Dreadlocked front man Jonathan Davis - dressed in a purple sequined sweatsuit - screamed and growled like the Tasmanian Devil, while limber bassist Fieldy played like Primus' Les Claypool.
LIVING
February 20, 2000 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
South Street west of Broad used to be the "wrong end" of the street, far from the action. But as the Avenue of the Arts is remade, this new South is slowly finding itself under reconstruction. Ron's Ribs and Jamaican Jerk Hut offer exotic foods. Bob & Barbara's Lounge has become a hangout for R&B/jazz fans, drag mavens and jump-blues enthusiasts. Now Eden Roc has made its mark on the block as the place to go for the funk. Eden Roc, on three floors plus a roof deck, moves visually from burned-out Miami chic to brothel red with old woods and bricks, heavy drapery and fireplaces throughout.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 1995 | By Kira L. Billik, FOR THE INQUIRER
Boxing Gandhis was a multicultural force the audience couldn't resist Thursday at the Middle East. A flood of people hit the dance floor at the first note from the seven-piece outfit, and didn't leave until the last. Heads swayed happily; hands clapped to the punchy funk-blues beat; it was inspirational. There's so much talent in this band, it's ludicrous. From smooth five-part harmonies to the lovely rasp of singer-guitarist Dave Darling to the power of the smoky alto of his tiny wife, Brie, the Gandhis filled the house with raucous, upbeat tunes such as "If You Love Me (Why Am I Dyin')"
NEWS
May 31, 2004 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Programmable sounds rule the charts - an oxymoronic idea when you consider the passion necessary for hip-hop and funk. Teena Marie and Morris Day and the Time - hit-makers throughout the '80s - are looking to turn the beat around, playing "jams" that have nothing to do with Phish. At a sold out Tower Theater on Saturday, megalomaniacal singer Day and MC/comic foil Jerome Benton - both dressed to the nines - guided the Time through signature hunks of burning-rubber synths and innuendo-laden anthems.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1993 | By Dan DeLuca, FOR THE INQUIRER
So high you couldn't get over it. So low you couldn't get under it. The funk was all over the place at the Trocadero Thursday night. Slippery, hard, screaming, oozing, sticky and sweet. Scribbled on the walls, dropping down from above, rising up from the floor boards. It grabbed you by the hips, and shook you silly. It felt good. George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars rode a monster groove from just after 9 o'clock Thursday until 1:30 Friday morning. No stopping. No intermission.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2005 | By Kevin L. Carter FOR THE INQUIRER
As Maceo Parker's old friend George Clinton - or was it that other saxophonist, Bill Clinton? - once said, funk is its own reward. Those who saw and heard Parker blow his horn Wednesday night were richly rewarded. Parker, the longtime musical director for James Brown and one of the world's major exponents of funk, put together an intense set at the Theatre of Living Arts. More than one musician has said that he hears Africa in James Brown's music. And though there wasn't an African percussionist to be seen in the house (with the significant exception of master drummer Dr. Gibbs, who was in the audience)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 1990 | By Jim Farber, New York Daily News
Ignore the opening line of Prince's new double album, "Graffiti Bridge" (in stores today). It's a snatch of dialogue from the upcoming "Graffiti Bridge" movie - the sequel to 1984's "Purple Rain" - in which Prince's character, the Kid, tells his suicidal, wife-beating dad he's disillusioned and ready to explode. What that line promises - that is, a shrink session's worth of complaints rehashing the broadest melodramas of the "Purple Rain" movie - is nothing like what follows in the music.
NEWS
September 21, 1989 | By Tom Linafelt, Special to The Inquirer
The air was thick with funk, and the Tuesday night crowd was concerned more with writing rap poems than with getting up for work the next day. On stage the five-member band Dynagroove, a two-guitar assault powered by a heavy back beat and charged with thick saxophone, was dripping sweat. Some favorite 1970s funk tunes made the set danceable, and a group of hard-core fans made it fun for all. Tuesday is Dynaday at the 23 East Cabaret in Ardmore, where the group plays as part of a two-band bill for a $2 cover charge, an attractive deal for suburbanites who want to get their mind off the grind and see some live dance music with a rock-and-roll edge.
NEWS
April 14, 2000 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphians will not be wanting for first-class jazz, funk and blues music this May and June, thanks to three major festivals announced yesterday - the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, May 11-14; Jam on the River, May 27-29; and Mellon Jazz Festival 2000, June 13-18. Also popped was the news that two of these events will be happening, at least in part, at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. The riverside amphitheater was supposed to be under destruction by now, to make way for the Simon Property Group's new entertainment/shopping complex.
NEWS
July 24, 2007 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
For music lovers who came of age in the 1980s, Prince is like a polymorphously purple Dorian Gray. While his fans are aging like Oscar Wilde's portrait in the attic, the perfectly preserved 49-year-old imp is downstairs cavorting in his funk/R&B/rock playroom, letting his libido run wild and mischievously plotting to stick it to the music industry. Planet Earth, his 24th studio album, which comes out today, finds him in fine, if not spectacular, form. The CD cements a comeback that began with Musicology in 2004 and continued with last year's 3121 before going global with his spectacular performance at the Super Bowl in Miami this year.
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December 30, 2013 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donald Edwin Funk, 91, of Willow Grove, a lawyer and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Tuesday, Dec. 24, at home. Funk, who practiced law for more than 60 years, graduated from Temple Law School in 1951 and started a private practice specializing in wills, trusts, and estate administration in the late 1950s. He practiced on South Broad Street and in Montgomery County. He retired in 2012. Mr. Funk was born on a farm in Elk Creek, Va., and raised in Altoona, Pa. He was valedictorian of the Class of 1940 at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia.
SPORTS
December 24, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the Flyers, there has been a disturbing trend the last few weeks: They have gotten soft on the defensive side. Too many odd-man rushes. Too many scoring chances allowed. Too much traffic in front of their goalies. "Obviously we have to do a better job limiting chances," defenseman Luke Schenn said after Saturday's 6-3 loss in Columbus. "We're giving up some quality opportunities, but I don't think we're worried. We believe in the guys in the room. " The Flyers have allowed four or more goals in six of their last eight games as their goaltending - which had been the team's strong point - has struggled.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Janelle Monáe is in a hurry, maybe it's because she has so much ground to cover. Opening her U.S. tour on Sunday in support of her dazzling, diverse new CD, The Electric Lady , at - where else? - the Electric Factory, the 27-year-old Kansas City native took an appreciative audience through a highly personalized survey of the history of genre-blending African American pop.lin During a nearly two-hour evening   , Monáe tipped her cap to Cab Calloway and covered Michael Jackson and Prince.
SPORTS
March 2, 2013
Chris Paul scored 29 points and Jamal Crawford added 23 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the host Indiana Pacers, 99-91, Thursday night. David West's 22 points led five players in double figures for Indiana. The Clippers held a 49-47 lead at halftime, and extended the advantage to 76-69 after three quarters. The Clippers have now won three straight. Wall 'in a funk' Washington Wizards forward Chris Singleton said John Wall is "in a funk right now. " The Wizards' franchise player hasn't been shooting well and has been turning the ball over at an alarming rate over the last few games.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
There was a lot of love in the room at World Cafe Live on Wednesday, but not just because it was the eve of Valentine's Day. The sold-out crowd was in love with Germantown's Bilal Oliver - known singularly as Bilal - and his genre-jumping music and boldly audacious vocal capabilities. It is probably because of Bilal's turn-on-a-dime musicality - futuristic soul, avant-rock, fuzzy funk - that this crowd felt so close to their hometown hero, chatting with the singer between tunes as if he was on their corner.
SPORTS
October 15, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
FRED FUNK won the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C., for his second Champions Tour title of the year and eighth overall, holing a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Duffy Waldorf by a stroke. The 56-year-old Funk closed with a 3-under 69 on Rock Barn's Jones Course to finish at 15-under 201 and earn $240,000. "I wanted to win here really bad," Funk said. "I've been knocking at the door on this tournament a lot . . . but I was feeling the heat. When you get in contention, you always want to finish it. " Funk had a bogey-free tournament and has gone 60 holes without a bogey since the 13th hole last week in the final round of the SAS Championship.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2012 | By John Timpane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bob Babbitt passed away in Nashville on Monday at the age of 74. Many may not have heard of him, but if you're a bassist (as I am), you know his work. And if you have two ears, you've heard it. Babbitt was a member of the Funk Brothers, a floating band of master studio musicians who helped shape the sound of Motown, not to mention pop, soul, funk, and rock and roll on in to 2012. ( Click here for the award-winning 2002 documentary about the Funk Brothers, Standing in the Shadows of Motown )
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2012 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Meshell Ndegeocello has this to say in praise of the great Nina Simone: "I don't think a genre fits her, but she definitely had great facility as a pianist and had one of the most amazing stylistic impressions. She was able to express herself with any tune she chose. " Substitute "bass player" for "pianist" and you would have a good present-tense description of Ndegeocello herself. Like Simone, she is a fearless, mercurial, and unpredictable artist who is not beholden to any one genre.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
It promised to be a battle, Monday's pairing of the bands Shabazz Palaces and !!! (pronounced chk-chk-chk) at the Blockley. The rhythmic pedigree of each act guaranteed it. And having Philadelphia's King Britt around to DJ the event guaranteed a fair and funky fight. Shabazz Palaces is an avant-hip-hop ensemble led by rapper/knob-twiddler Ishmael Butler (once known as "Butterfly" in the jazz-hopping, '90s alt-rap group Dig­able Planets, in which Britt was a touring member) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai "Baba" Maraire.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2011 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, staff
AN EMBARRASSMENT of soul-funk album riches, plus some stellar rock, pine-fresh country and well-tuned jazz disprove the notion "they're not making good albums like they used to. " NAMES TO LEARN: It may have been a legal issue, but I'm glad the Minneapolis funk band formerly known as The Time is back together in original form (first in 21 years) and rockin' the party as the Original 7ven on "Condensate" (SRR Records, A) . The album title derives from the typically funny Morris Day lyric, in which he allows he's still too cool to sweat: "I condensate.
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