The FunkJazz Kafé is a multi-faceted arts and music festival. A “special interest” fest with a mixture of style and substance linking fashion, virtual and visual arts, food, wellness, dance, spoken word, new media, bazaar vending and experiential suites with our favorite main ingredient: Music. We have an internationally recognized music policy that spans the spectrum of the best in soul-based music. This one of a kind experience is known for its authenticity, vibrant appeal and originality. Creatively speaking, anything goes!!! We create an experience that you can appreciate and somehow correspond to our psychic-spiritual tendencies of self-mastery and expressionistic ingenuity.
Now in our 20th year, FunkJazz Kafé has forged its own path. We are a key element of the Atlanta music scene. Proclaimed as “A Legendary Carnival of Art and Music” and “Best Performance Arts Festival” by Vibe Magazine and voted “Best Multimedia Event” in 2002 by Creative Loafing, The FunkJazz Kafé creates one of the most anticipated cultural arts & music festivals in North America.
Conceived by Jason Orr, The FunkJazz Kafé has been a catalyst in the progressing soul music renaissance. Our goal has been to introduce new artistic talents and lifestyle concepts in a creative, multi-activity atmosphere filled with music and memories.
Although The FunkJazz Kafé is NOT a “concert”, we have created music magic with the “architects” of modern soul, jazz, funk, rock, spoken word and hip hop, such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Akon, Public Enemy, Jamie Foxx, Outkast, Cee Lo Green, Common, Raphael Saadiq, India Arie, Talib Kweli, Angie Stone, Meshell Ndegeocello, Omar, Bilal, Loose Ends, Goodie Mob, Van Hunt, Doug E. Fresh, Dionne Farris, Caron Wheeler, MC Lyte, Vinx, Too Short, Eric Roberson, Pharoahe Monch, Algebra, Joi, Toshi Kubota, Bone Crusher, Speech, Wunmi, Donnie, Sleepy Brown, George Howard and many others. Each sharing a taste of their past, present and future sounds with the support of our house band and interacting DJ. We mix an environment of creative artists, activists and musicians to express themselves in whatever way they want. Incorporate several other creative performers from stilt walkers, fire breathers and percussion ensembles to Capoiera Angola martial artists to make the festival a lasting memory.
Not only has The FunkJazz Kafé been a vehicle cultivating the arts scene in Atlanta, since it’s inception twenty years ago the festival has assisted several charities by discounting festival admission for food or clothing donations. FunkJazz Kafé has donated over 760,000 pounds of food to various charitable organizations that feed the homeless, such as, The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Hosea Williams’ Feed the Hungry and Homeless Program, Atlanta Alliance for Developmental Disabilities, National Aids Education and Services for Minorities, Focus Hope (Detroit), Food and Friends (DC) and The Atlanta Women’s and Children’s Shelter.
The FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival is a gathering. It has been a place where artistic freedom of expression is celebrated with something different for everyone to enjoy. Creative Loafing stated it best in their BEST OF ATLANTA issue, “The FunkJazz Kafé owes its success not just to the consistent surprise of high quality performers and artists, but to the vibe created by unapologetically blending intellectual, physical and even political expression under one banner of entertainment”.
Our award-winning documentary film, “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)”, has received high acclaim and has educated and broadened our audience in unimaginable ways, with SOLD-OUT shows across the country creating a unique anticipation for the next FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival.
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