Electric Forest 2014 Favorite After Funk Kicks off Winter Tour in US
Hailing from Toronto, After Funk have crossed the border to bring us Americans their groovy, crowd-pleasing funk (select tour dates with Kung Fu & The Main Squeeze)! Entering their fourth year as a group, Yanick Allwood (keyboards, vocals), Phil Tessis (guitar), Justin Bontje (bass), Jaime Rosenberg (drums), Andrew Racknor(saxophone), Jacob Gorzhaltsan (saxophone) are quickly rising and have shared the stage with groups like Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, Kung Fu and Walk off the Earth. Their list of influences is diverse and includes: Lettuce, The String Cheese Incident, Stevie Wonder, Snarky Puppy, Tchaikovsky, James Brown, and Tye Tribbit.
I stumbled upon After Funk on Twitter about a year back, and from the moment I saw a video of one of their live shows, I knew I had to see them for myself. A few months later, they popped up in the running for the Instrumental Forester contest at Electric Forest 2014, and as suspected, they won. Walking through the forest, my friends and I were processing the amazingly satisfying set STS9 had just brought to Sherwood Court. Just as I mentioned how sad I was that I had accidentally missed After Funk’s set earlier that day, we heard funky tunes coming from the Sallon,which instantly drew us funk fiends like moths to a flame. After Funk was throwing down – a full band and amazing singer emanating high energy and electrifying the crowd. Mixing contemporary sounds with elements of classic funk, no audience is immune to their grooves. Needless to say, it was a full-on groovin’ dance party.
After Funk shows no signs of slowing down in 2015, with plans to release new live and studio recordings while keeping up with their relentless touring efforts. Their winter tour schedule is shaping up to be quite busy, including dates supporting high profile acts both locally and in the Midwestern United States. Peek their tour dates below.