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Event Archive - 'Voodoo Hairdoo' CD Release Concert: Five Alarm Funk

Sat. May 24th 2008 Capital Ballroom (formerly Sugar) (No Minors)
10pm - 1:30am doors at 9pm
$16 Adv./$16 Door
Tickets at: Lyle's Place (Cash Only, 770 Yates St.) 250-382-8422, High Tide Entertainment
Five Alarm Funk 'VOODOO HAIRDOO' CD Release Concert
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Sugar Nightclub, 858 Yates St., Victoria
Doors 9pm - Showtime 10pm
Tickets: $16.00 Advance / $16 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place 770 Yates St. and online at

Five Alarm Funk's website:

Five Alarm Funk is a Vancouver-based, 12-piece rhythm machine that delivers a delirium-inducing live show fuelled by original funk and afro-beat grooves. The band’s horn and percussion-driven instrumental jams feature searing guitar leads and horn solos wailing and soaring above a four-man percussion maelstrom that is grounded by Neil Towers’ juicy bass lines.

The band’s wicked cross-rhythms and frenetic, costumed stage show appeals to jazz fans and clubs kids alike. Five Alarm Funk has carved out a word of mouth fan base from a series of crowd-pleasing performances at clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout Western Canada. Highlights include the band headlining the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver and opening for the Herbalizer at the Plaza of Nations. The group’s debut album has charted on college radio across the country including reaching #2 on Toronto’s CIUT station. Warner Music Canada nationally distributes the CD and it is available in record stores across the country.

“Interaction between the crowd and the band is a huge part of the show, and we try to make every show an event. We’ve managed to get big crowds to our shows by word of mouth, friends telling friends about the band,” enthused guitarist and group spokesman Gabe Boothroyd. “There’s nothing like seeing 800 people at a sold-out show at Richard’s on Richards crouch down on the floor when our vocalist and drummer Tayo Branston tells them to ‘get low’ during a funky build-up.”

The band’s playful, high-energy live show is fueled by skin-tight arrangements and raw, sweat-drenched passion. From its founding as a six-piece in 2003, the young band (average age is 23) has grown into one of the most exciting and unique groups in Canada.

“There’s a huge afro-beat, Fela Kuti influence,” explained Boothroyd. “We take that and combine it with some James Brown and Kool and the Gang and then throw in a lot of youthful energy and reckless enthusiasm. Most people in the band started playing rock-oriented music, and that edge is still there in a lot of our playing and our stage presence.”

Five Alarm Funk’s’ wacky costumes and stage antics guarantee a frenzied dance party, but the boys in the band can really play too. Five Alarm Funk can pack a dance floor, but they’ve got tons of jazz chops too. They’ve got it all. They’re the real deal. Check ‘em out!


Tayo Branston - Drums/Vocals
Tom Towers - Congas
Carl Julig - Timbales
Justin Kennedy - Percussion
Neil Towers - Bass
Oliver Gibson - Guitar
Gabe Boothroyd - Guitar
Ryan Naso - Trumpet
Nimish Parekh - Trombone
Max Murphy - Baritone Sax
Dameian - Tenor/Alto Sax


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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 de... more info
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