The Long Beach Funk Fest, normally held in late August, returns earlier this year on Saturday, July 6. The festival ‘s motto is “Sustaining our Future through Funk” and the organizers have been putting on a great one-day music festival in downtown Long Beach each year solely devoted to funk music. Artists include: Shuggie Otis, Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Blackbyrds, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Circle City Band, Jungle Fire, Henry and the Invisibles, and the Funk Angels. The OC Weekly has a good run-down of must-see acts.
As well as bringing the funk music community together and introducing funk to a whole new generation, the Long Beach Funk Fest is a community-driven and green-driven festival, partnering with local vendors and green companies and raising money for music education in the Long Beach. To help them keep this festival going strong as an important annual event and fixture of the Long Beach community, this is the first year the Long Beach Funk Fest will be charging a modest ticket price of $15 pre-sale and $20 at the gate. More info on ticket outlets and discount dining in downtown here.
And taking advantage of the 4th of July holiday weekend, this year’s 5th annual festival “Funk of July” will feature for the first time a Freedom of Funk Fireworks Show at 9:20pm. So come on down for a full day of great funk performances on 2 stages, DJs, dancers, beer gardens, art and food right in the middle of beautiful downtown Long Beach just blocks from the ocean and express yourself!