FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival – July 13, 2013

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Keeping to our message of “See The History and Experience The Legacy”, the weekend kicked off with a standing-room-only screening of “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” at the Southwest Arts Center. Cast members from the documentary in attendance included N’Dea Davenport, Lil John Roberts, Jamal Ahmad, Craig Love and Ron Williams followed up with a Q&A with the film’s writer and director, Jason Orr.

FunkJazz Kafé Music Festival Founder Jason Orr talks new film ‘Diary of a Decade’ and the FunkJazz Kafé movement.

Then the legendary FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival took place Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Tabernacle to a packed house of excited and enthused participants to kick off the National Black Arts Festival.

Starting with the flag waving stilt walkers outside greeting people in line to doing AfriSalsa in the FJK Marketplace and then having a mini-WWAF (World Wide Art Federation) art battle on stage, all you could see this festival was nothing but smiles!

Monster headphones displayed and gave out headphones in the “Future Sound Suite- Powered by Monster”, people slow dragged in the “Savoy House Party Suite”, others sampled 3rd Shift, Batch 19 and Redd Apple Ale in the “FunkJazz Kafé Beer Garden” with DJ TaBone and Byron The Aquarius providing the soundscape and the FJK Poetry Suite hosted by Cocktails and music by Mausiki Scales was on “10”.

Visual artists painting works surrounded the interior. Still models wearing new designs by ITES or being body painted in the nude were on different floors. The marketplace was as robust with activity as it’s ever been and the live band and surprise guests performances will go down in music history!

After 47 festival dates and almost two decades of community service, we’re the greatest soul festival on earth!!!! Ask somebody!

Instagram was on fire with over 566 images posted under  #funkjazzkafe. See them HERE.

The night was filled with magic and an uplifting spirit that permeated throughout the night.

Thanks to our magnificent house band: Lil John Roberts, TiLee, Tre Funk, Phil Davis, Tomi Martin and the background singers as well as all of the performers who participated with us: The Cuban Drummers, The Wolf Pack, Kebbi Williams, Algebra, Avery Sunshine, Anthony David, Pharoahe Monch, Bilal, Sleepy Brown and Big Boi (Outkast).

Here are a few fan shot videos:

ANTHONY DAVID & ALGEBRA – “FOREVER MORE”

AVERY SUNSHINE – “I GOT SUNSHINE”

KEBBI WILLIAMS & THE WOLF PACK – (Entrance from crowd)

PHAROAHE MONCH with The Wolf Pack – “SIMON SAYS”

PHAROAHE MONCH – “SIMON SAYS” (FLOOR ANGLE #2)

BILAL – “SOMETIMES”

OUTKAST: BIG BOI & SLEEPY BROWN – “I LIKE THE WAY YOU MOVE” & “SHUTTER BUG”

We’d like to give a special thanks to: Savoy Magazine, Monster Headphones, MillerCoors, NBAF, ASPiRE, Rolling Out, The Recording Academy – Atlanta Chapter, Fusicology, Clutch Magazine, SAMY, WVEE 103.3, WRFG 89.3 and WCLK 91.9 for their support. Also a big thanks to Marcia Dore and Harmony In Life for organizing a “Conversation With Jason Orr” at Moods Music on July 10th.

Photos By: Electrik Baby Photography, Robin Lori, Troy Strong, Shannon McCollum, Troy Gordan, Seth Ruff, Francesca Lowe, John Crooms, Tyson Horne, Roni Nichole, Ronesia McWhorter, Quinn Hood, Grace Kisa, Heather LaShun, Kim Hartfield, Gcelly and Professor Griff

One Response to “FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival – July 13, 2013”

  • It is wonderful to see Jason making a come back with the Funk Jazz Kafe! I had a chance to see the documentary and it was like taking a deep trip down memory lane. The only thing I thought was missing is that he didn’t share how the vibe of Funk Jazz Cafe became polluted by mainstream energy. I first attended this event when it was in a basement or some sorta underground parking lot like venue in the heart Atlanta. It was a place for us non mainstream conscious people to go to listen to real music while also experience an enigmatic event unlike no other in Atlanta at the time (and probably still to this day). The experience was kinda like this esoteric cultural arts music fest for those that probably are the divergent thinkers of today. It was like a mini Woodstock, but with urban soul. However, the last few years of it’s reign (early 2000’s), it got polluted with the mainstream cookie cutter folks, especially those from the hip hop culture. While flipping through the stations out of boredom, one time I heard Funk Jazz Kafe being talked about on V-103 in Atlanta. I knew then that was the beginning of the end of Funk Jazz Kafe as us seasoned attendees had come to know it to be. Sure enough, FJK became contaminated by all that mess that comes with the mainstream and it’s poisonous commercialization of something that is unadulterated and pure. I stopped going to FJK when it started to feel like a big V-103 hip hop party because it had lost its natural vibe for me. I’m not sure if Jason could ever recreate that good old day super natural energy because Funk Jazz Kafe became much bigger than he in many ways. Oh well, at least the movie allowed me to authenticate a travel back in time when Atlanta’s Funk Jazz Kafe was synonymous and good as America’s apple pie. Thanks so much for the heartfelt memories Jason! Awesome job on the movie!

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