Funk Music. I never really appreciated it until, ironically, I took a music appreciation class at Clackamas Community College about ten years ago. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t appreciate how difficult it was to write and perform it. I knew that I could shake shake shake my booty to it, but I didn’t know it went deeper.

    Now, I can’t get enough of it and, on May 4th and 5th this year, Funklandia, Portland’s Funk Music Festival will be in full effect at the Goodfoot Pub and Lounge. If you have never experienced the full joy of good funk music, this will be your chance.

    The Goodfoot, one of the premier live music venues in Portland, Oregon, is hosting this inaugural event. Funklandia kicks off in a big way with a tribute to James Brown, and then follows with two days of funk and soul and a special kickoff jam. Funklandia was founded by Trumpeter Farnell Newton to showcase the past, present, and future of the Portland, Oregon, funk scene. I didn’t know there was one. I knew it existed, but I didn’t know it was a legit scene.

    Newton is one of the most versatile musicians in the Northwest—if not the world—playing straight forward jazz, bebop, smooth jazz, Latin music, soul, hip hop, funk and more. Recently, Farnell toured with 3-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott and Legendary Bassist Bootsy Collins. In earlier years, Farnell performed with other legends of funk and soul, including Stevie Wonder, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, The Nth Power, Lettuce, Karl Denson, Fred Wesley, and others.

    Farnell also seeks to raise up a new generation of funksters with his NW Soul Academy. This artistic brand is devoted to the expression and investigation of music for the soul. With a provincially specific focus, the academy specializes in music, education, culture, and fashion that is pertinent to our community of artists, musicians, thinkers, and supporters.

    Farnell has earned the right to host and found this festival.

    Stressing community empowerment, the revelries will highlight high quality, live musical performances from talent mostly bred and raised right here in Portland, Oregon.

    Funklandia will feature acts by local favorites including funk legend Frankie Kash Waddy (Bootsy Collins, The JB’s, James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic), Arietta Ward (Mz. Etta’s World), Ultra Van Krome, Sarah Clarke (Dirty Revival), , Brian Foxworth (Linda Hornbuckle), DJ OG One (Official Portland Trailblazers DJ), Tyrone Hendrix (Swatkins Positive Agenda), , Kyle Molitor (Bootsy Collins), and myriad others.

    Swing by for some terrific music, great food and drinks and great company. Funklandia is going to be a funky blast and I hope to see you there. For more information, please visit

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