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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.
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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.
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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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The Margate firefighter and lifeguard convicted of shoplifting from a Wawa last month must forfeit both jobs, an Egg Harbor Township municipal judge ruled Friday. Ashton G. Funk, 34, of Northfield, was arrested Sept. 10 on a complaint of shoplifting from the convenience store in Margate. Funk was off-duty from his position as a firefighter and on the beach patrol when he was allegedly seen carrying away $7.98 worth of items without paying. Because the case involved a public employee, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office took over the investigation and prosecution.
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December 1, 2015 | By Brion Shreffler, For The Inquirer
At a sold-out Ardmore Music Hall Saturday night, the spirit of P-Funk was alive and well as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic kept a packed house moving for a nearly three-hour set that didn't come to a close until nearly 1 a.m. Songs blended into each other amid the calculated jam-session feel that the band has always had. A stomping, rousing opener joined crowd and stage, with the repeated stirring intonation by Clinton - backed at this point...
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca and John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Allen Toussaint, 77, the New Orleans songwriter and pianist responsible for a long list of hits recorded by artists that included Aaron Neville, Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, Warren Zevon, Robert Plant, Robert Palmer, and Devo, died of a heart attack Monday after a concert in Spain in the midst of a European tour. Tributes poured in from across the music world. "He was one of the most gentle, loving, and wise people I've ever known," Raitt wrote.
SPORTS
September 3, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Pete Mackanin was looking for something, anything really, to help change his team's luck against its NL East rival, the New York Mets. So he drew up last night's lineup card in his usual calligraphic way, but wrote every player's name in green, "just to change something. " "We gotta look for any way we can to beat these guys," Mackanin said before the game, his team a loser in 10 straight and 13 of 14 on the year against the Mets entering the night. The 10 straight losses to the Mets tied a franchise record.
SPORTS
August 12, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Wood's Tom Funk, a 5-foot-11 senior point guard who earned second-team all-Catholic League honors last season, made an oral commitment to Army on Monday. Funk received a scholarship offer from Army in April. He made his second visit to West Point on Friday. "Committing to Army is a big life decision," the 17-year-old from Warrington said. "But it's a great opportunity. It will give me the tools for future success. " Funk averaged 14.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 3 steals while helping Wood to an 18-6 overall record last season.
SPORTS
July 10, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
SALT LAKE CITY - The foul shooter that Jahlil Okafor has been in the Utah Jazz Summer League is the opposite of the one he has been during practice. The rookie center has made just 3-of-10 foul shots for the 76ers through two summer league games. But Okafor made six in a row during practice Wednesday. The 6-foot-11, 270-pounder also made 12 of 14 last week at a workout in Philadelphia. His elbows remain in the right place. He gets good rotation on the ball. What's the problem in games?
NEWS
January 25, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter Emery Funk, 92, of Honey Brook, an educator, coach, and mentor for students in Chester County, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, of dementia at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. Mr. Funk began his career as a basketball coach, teacher, and principal at Scott Senior High School in Coatesville. But the bulk of his professional life was spent at West Chester University as the men's basketball coach and chairman of the health department. He is credited with establishing the nursing and environmental health programs as well as providing expertise and guidance to hundreds of students.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Toward the end of a thoroughly enjoyable interview, saxophonist Maceo Parker, who brings his show to the Merriam Theater, wishes to say his mission is all about one thing: "Love, love, love, and love . You're in Philly, right? That's all about brotherly love, so you know what I'm talking about. " Parker first became famous as James Brown's most soulful and credited sideman (how many times have you heard the Godfather of Soul shout for "Maceo"?). The saxophonist got his start in his hometown of Kinston, N.C. "My older brother Kellis played trombone, the other, younger one - Melvin - drums.
SPORTS
December 23, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
JOHN MOSCO waited patiently as his point guard fielded questions just outside of Archbishop Wood's makeshift locker room. The second-year coach hadn't yet addressed his victorious Vikings, but his court marshal was snatched for an interview ahead of time. Eyeballing his affable coach, Tom Funk flashed a giant grin when Mosco was asked if he needed the 6-0 junior. "Nah, [I'm waiting on him]," Mosco joked as assistant coaches also laughed. "He's got to talk to the team, I'm not. It's his team.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Check out a dance theater duet as the worlds of hip-hop and butoh meet Friday and Saturday during Flash at Painted Bride Art Center. The performance features dancers Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto. In the interdisciplinary show the artists communicate through dance and find commonalities and shared cultural experiences between African American and Japanese cultures. The multimedia show takes the audience on a journey with doses of humor; it also has remakes of pop, funk and hip-hop songs from "back in the day. " "Flash" featuring Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
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