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Event Archive - 11 piece Afrobeat/Funk/Latin/Rock: Five Alarm Funk

Fri. July 24th 2009 Capital Ballroom (formerly Sugar) (No Minors)
10pm - 1am doors at 9pm
$16 Advance / $18 Door
Tickets at: Lyles Place, Ditch Records 635 Johnson St., High Tide Entertainment
Five Alarm Funk
Friday, July 24, 2009
Sugar Nightclub, 858 Yates St., Victoria
Doors 9:00pm - Showtime 10:00pm - Peforming 2 supa-funky marathon sets!
Tickets: $16.00 Advance / $18 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place 770 Yates St. Ditch Records 635 Johnson St.,
and online at

Five Alarm Funk websites: &

Five Alarm Funk is Vancouver's own afro-funk orchestra. For more than four years the band has
brought their relentless grooves to clubs and major festivals across Western Canada. Intense horn
lines and percolating afro-beat guitar combined with the interplay of four percussionists create an
unstoppable dance party.

The 11-piece phenomenon has performed over 120 shows throughout Western Canada, sharing
stages with such artists as Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Herbaliser, Sly & Robbie, Fishbone and
Xavier Rudd. In the process the band has built an enthusiastic fan base, large enough to twice fill the
Commodore with over 900 fans in 2007.

Voodoo Hairdoo, the band’s second studio album, captures the boundless energy of Five Alarm Funk’s
live show. It is a journey from fast funk and dance-crazed Latin to epic reggae and thunderous Afro-

The title track blends a tight funky groove with punchy horn shots, searing lead guitar and outerspace
keyboards. The song then shifts gears, dropping to a percussion groove that builds to an epic Afro-
beat climax.

“Keeps Me Up At Night” is a slap-bass driven, heavy funk workout reminiscent of Earth Wind & Fire.
The song features guest appearances by soul-singing powerhouses Tim Fuller and Dawn Pemberton,
adding a new element to the band’s trademark instrumental grooves.

“We spent over three weeks in the studio to record and mix the 10 brand new heavy-hitting tracks,”
says Justin Kennedy, one of the band’s four percussionists. “We were able to isolate each part and
make the grooves pop like Orville Redenbacher’s freshest kernels. This album will make the land that
rhythm forgot remember.


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Five Alarm Funk (Afro-Funk)

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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