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Update January 9th 2013
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Funkdafied have kindly offered up a double-pass for the performance on Friday 25 January at the Brisbane Powerhouse. To enter, leave a comment below as to why you should win, along with your full name and email address. Entries close 5pm, Wednesday 23 January and the winner will be contacted by email.
Funk, soul, and choreographed dance moves? Yes, please
As part of their Australian tour, Kashmere Stage Band will bring their funk to Brisbane Powerhouse. What's that? You haven't heard of Kashmere Stage Band? I hadn't until recently, but when I started digging, I was blown away!
In the late 1960s, a school concert band started evolving under the direction of music teacher Conrad O. Johnson. At Kashmere High School, a high school in Houston, Texas with a large number of African Americans, a stage band was formed. After being inspired at an Otis Redding concern, Johnson whipped the band into form performing funk and soul, and they began winning high school band competitions at a national level. Some considered them unbeatable.
Until this transformation, Kashmere Stage Band, or KSB as they became known, had been a struggling jazz band and entering the high school competitions wasn't easy, as they were competitive, conservative, and almost exclusively white. Johnson arranged the music for the band to have a funk feel, encouraged individuals to embrace their own style and sections of the band choreographed moves to accompany their parts. Now I was a member of a high school concert band a few years ago, directed by Ethan Arnow; we entered competitions, and while we played the theme song from The Simpsons, which was a hell of a lot of fun and helped us win the competition that year, it sounds like KSB took things to an entirely different level.
At the peak of their performance (1968-1977), KSB won a record number of national titles, recorded eight albums and was invited to perform in Europe and Japan. In 2008 a group of original members reunited and a documentary Thunder Soul, about the band was shot and released in 2011, which will be shown at the Brisbane Powerhouse performance and selected shows on the Australian tour.
Their performance at the Brisbane Powerhouse will start with the screening of Thunder Soul from 7.30pm until 9pm, followed by an interval before Kashmere Stage Band take the stage. Total running time for the concert event is approximately three hours. Be aware that late patrons will admitted after the interval.
All dates for their Australian tour:
Friday January 18 - Sutherland Entertainment Centre with documentary screening Thunder Soul
Saturday January 19 - Parramatta Festival Opening Night - Performance only, no documentary screening
Sunday January 20 - Paradiso at Town Hall - Sydney Festival, with documentary screening Thunder Soul
Friday January 25 - Brisbane Powerhouse with documentary screening Thunder Soul
Sunday January 27 - Melbourne - The Garden Party, Southbank - Performance only, no documentary screening
Kashmere Stage Band are touring thanks to Sydney-based event promotions company Funkdafied.
The evolution of this band is amazing, it's like the "based on a true story" movies on TV. Truly inspiring that this has been a life changing journey for kids for over 40 years. Now that really is something I'd like to see!
Cheryl Wicks firstname.lastname@example.org
This is something to see!
Would love to see and feel the energy that these performers have ..thier funky style is certainly different and their choreographed moves.. very entertaining.. a MUST SEE!
WOULD ABSOLUTLEY LOVE TO SEE THEIR SHOW HERE IN BRISBANE! to witness these performers would be amazing!
Throughout our lives we have all been influenced by the music of the Jacksons & Earth Wind & Fire, etc. These and many other amazing artists just 'have it'. The African/Americans have the smoothest voices and most natural moves. But I have never heard of the incredible Kashmere Stage Band! I would absolutely love to see their doco, as they have put in so much hard work to get where they are! The doco followed by a performance would be an absolutely educational, as well as entertaining experience for me! I would spread the word to the Kashmere uninitiated out there!
I would love to win the double ticket. I would love to see the film and how they moved so many people. That style of music reaches the soul and I would love the opportunity to be taken away from some of the everyday life turmoils!
Great article. Already have tickets for a gang of us including my wife and 9 yr old daughter. Great to see such a unique event coming to Bris. Watched the trailer for the movie by Jamie Foxx, it looks great. Keep spreading the word, the more funk and Soul in Bris the better.
Funkdafie us, I would love to introduce my 12yr old dancer to the sweet funky rhythms and moves of this exciting genre. Its very rare to see such an acomplished group in Brisbane. Cecilia Knauth - email@example.com