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Fortnightly food and percussion with roaming brass band
Roving brass band Junkadelic has been entertaining crowds at the Inglewood Monday Night Markets for the past couple of seasons.
Brass band Junkadelic produces a big sound.
But the band's history goes back much farther than that as Junkadelic celebrates its 20th birthday next year. In the lead up to the anniversary celebrations, the band will be performing every fortnight at the Monday Night Markets from December 6.
The 11-piece band started as a percussion group, grew into a funk band and then evolved into the brass band that operates today.
Ken Allen, creative director and founder of Junkadelic, says the band likes to get people to interact and encourages big and little kids to grab a shaker and move to the rhythm. He says the band loves it when people join in and have fun with the band.
Each fortnight the band will meander along Beaufort Street between Eighth Avenue and Tenth Avenue performing its unique brand of music.
Junkadelic will be performing at the Inglewood Monday Night Markets.
The band is renowned for the beats and rhythms of its quirky recycled percussion instruments and the big sound of its six-piece brass section. There is no cost to attend the markets and people are welcome to pull up a chair and enjoy the vibrant entertainment, then browse the offerings from around 40 food vendors to buy their Monday night dinner.
The food vendors, offering flavours from around the world, line both sides of Beaufort St, from Eighth to Tenth Avenue. Vendors are encouraged to have at least one dish that sells for $10 or less and options include gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and vegetarian.
Visitors can be entertained and grab something to eat at the same time.
The Red Fox Den licensed bar and dining area has been extended to up to 400 patrons and has wine, beer and cider for sale with plenty of seating to be able to grab a bite from one of the vendors and a beer or glass of wine from the bar and sit and enjoy the atmosphere. The seventh season of the markets runs through to the end of April 2022.
As well as Junkadelic, buskers are dotted around the market to add to the vibrant atmosphere. Junkadelic has junk shakers available for people who want to add their input to the enthusiastic sound of the band.
Street rhythms and New Orleans style jazz, Latin and hip-hop are combined to give the band its joyful feel and take its inspiration from traditional New Orleans street music.
You can expect big sounds from Junkadelic
Its raucous vocals and original compositions help to develop an unusual style of brass band music. And the band doesn't mind taking a stance on political issues.
One of Junkadelic's first gigs was at the Students of Sustainability Conference at Murdoch in 2002 and its very first gig was Environment Day in Forest Place.
Ken says the band has often marched for refugees, anti-war and other causes - so has always been an activist band – but also a party band.
Why? Help make a noise and join in the atmosphere with brass band Junkadelic every fortnight at the Inglewood Monday Night Markets, then sit back and enjoy dinner from one of dozens of food vendors lining both sides of Beaufort Street in Inglewood.
When:Monday December 6 and 20, January 3, 17 and 31, February 14 and 28, March 14 and 28 and April 11 and 25 from 6pm to 9pm.