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Anaheim Funk Jam of the Week!

Since it’s the late Michael Jackson’s birthday today and all, it seemed right that this week’s Anaheim Funk Jam of the Week be Gift of Dreams’ “Moonwalk.” Now go bump this in the bucket!


Anaheim Funk Jam of the Week!

This is the first post in a new series on donpalabraz.com – Anaheim Funk Jam of the Week! Yes, you readers need to be given something once a week so you can bump it in your bucket! This inaugural post is from Vaughn Mason and the song is titled “Feel My Love.” You might recall Mason’s big hit, “Bounce Skate Rock Roll,” and if this jam sounds familiar it’s because Frank V of Proper Does sampled it for the tight as shit track “Somethin’ to Bump.”

Elbows up…

KPFK Global Dance Party!

It’s getting close folks! Next Tuesday at the Mint in Los Angeles, Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band and Lonnie Jordan’s funk jazz Wartet are teaming up to raise funds for LA’s original listener-sponsored radio station KPFK.  La Cucaracha cartoon creator Lalo Alcaraz will host the night of unforgettable music that will also feature sets by DJ Boxy D and DJ Sanchez! There’s going to be great raffles open to all who attend for dope prizes! This is the first in a series of Global Dance Parties so start off the goodtimes and the hellraisin’ right out the box!

Catch Lonnie Jordan and Pancho Tomaselli on Derek Rath’s “Cosmic Barrio” show starting at 6 p.m.  on 90.7FM in LA on Sunday. JB Eckl, who will be playing guitar at the Dance Party, will also be making an appearance on the Global Village with Maggie Lepique this Monday at 11 a.m. on KPFK!

The 40 Years WAR!

{Originally Published in the IE Weekly’s October 9th “Best of IE” Edition}

Lonnie Jordan and his funk masters of WAR are set to celebrate the band’s landmark fortieth anniversary. Formed in 1969, the California based group has successfully funkified genres for the last several decades all while compiling fifty million album sales worldwide. In the early days, Eric Burdon, who formerly sang for the British Band “The Animals,” declared WAR when he fronted the band and crooned hits such as “Spill the Wine,” and “Tobacco Road.” Burdon ultimately left WAR to it’s own devices as the group went on to successfully produce timeless classics such as the Chicano anthem “Lowrider,” and the eternally dedicated song, “Don’t Let No One Get you Down.” Keyboardist and vocalist Lonnie Jordan is the sole founding member of WAR performing under the band’s name. The current lineup features the talents of musicians such as Sal Rodriguez on drums and Pancho Tomaselli who lays down the funky bass rhythms like no other. The band continues to tour globally and, in gearing up for its fortieth anniversary as a musical entity, WAR reunited with Burdon for a special one time performance at England’s Royal Albert Hall earlier this year.

As the legendary purveyors of universal street music seek an induction into the rock and roll hall of fame next year, WAR sees a continued relevance to their funk anthems. For Jordan, the world still resembles much too closely the Vietnam War era that marked that genesis of the group. His sense of purpose is best seen in WAR’s live shows and it just so happens, this one is free. Come and see for yourself how, as a consummate showman, Jordan’s singing still displays commanding range while interspersing stories of the past, or put more psychedelically; flashbacks!

WAR at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, CA 92210. (760)-200-8400; http://www.wartheband.com Fri., 6 PM, FREE