Five Alarm Funk

Afro-Funk from Vancouver BC


Five Alarm Funk

since circa 2004
If you want to party on the dance floor ‘til your shoes burst into flames, then check out this awesome 11-piece rhythm machine from Vancouver. Five Alarm Funk is alarmingly energetic and draw inspiration from Afrobeat, James Brown and Kool and the Gang, all performed with the scorching passion of talented 20-somethings playing like their lives depended on it. These guys play killer dance music with the finesse of a jazz band. The group includes Justin Kennedy and Carl Julig percussion, Neil Towers bass, Tom Towers congas/bongos, Max Murphy baritone saxophone, Oliver Gibson and Gabe Boothroyd guitars, Dameian tenor and alto saxophone, Tayo Branston drums/vocals, Ryan Naso trumpet, and Nimish Parekh trombone.

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Tom Towers
Oliver Gibson
Nimish Parekh
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Grain Stimulator
alto/tenor saxophone
Tayo Branston
Carl Julig
Eli Bennett
tenor sax
2004 - present
Kent Wallace
2004 - present
Bill Runge
2004 - present

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Five Alarm Funk

Five Alarm Funk @ Richard’s On Richards Friday, February 13th 2009 Judging from the near-capacity crowd filling Richard’s on Friday night it was obvious that something special was about to go down. The buzz in the air was thick e...
Published by: The Skinny Magazine
Author: Nathan Pike

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