The Funk Club @ The Leederville Lounge, Perth (21/05/04)
Wed 26th May, 2004 Event Reviewsin
Weeks ago when I first mentioned to a few of my mates that I was going to The Leederville to check out a new night I was met with very bemused looks and exclamations of ” why would you go to that dive? ”. Little did they know ( or me at that stage ! ) that The Funk Club was shaping up to be one of Perth’s best kept secrets in the live music / dj scene. Originally started on a Thursday night but recently moved to Friday’s due to popular demand The Funk Club has been filling the newly renovated upper lounge area of The Leederville Hotel week after week.
Each week you have at least 2 bands and 2 dj’s on offer with an emphasis on funk but with such an open minded vibe anything goes!. This means that classic soul/funk tunes are intertwined with hip-hop, reggae/ska and funky breaks from both bands and the dj’s alike.
Last week started off with DJ Locoren dropping his usual classy set of old funk classics warming the punters into the night. James Brown’s The Grunt rubbing shoulders with Herbie Hancock’s Hang Up, Yr Hang Ups next to the hilarious hip hop of Blowfly’s Rap Dirty show the diversity on The Funk Club’s music policy. You can always expect some obscure but always entertaining from The Funk Club resident dj and tonight was no different with Monty Python’s ” We are the knights that go Neeeee ! ” greeted the house band as they made their way onto the stage.
The Funk Club House Band as the name suggests are a weekly fixture of The Funk Club and the original nucleus from which the night grew. Fronted by the charismatic Jimmy the Lip ( trumpet ) every member of the seven-piece band are extra-ordinary musicians. This makes for an un-missable live experience, which has had me returning week after week alone !. The band improvised, jammed and encouraged each other through another top set before finishing with the super funky ” Pick Up The Pieces ” by Average White Band.
After a quick intermission Eye Spy took to the stage. They wasted no time launching into a trademark funk rock assault on the audience. Playing an all-original set they kept the dance floor busy throughout, at times maybe rocking a little bit more than funking.
The night was finished off with by one of Perth’s favourite local dj’s playing a different set to his normal bombastic breaks at Ambar, none other than Micah. Once again James Brown made an appearance (after all he is the godfather of soul) with Pass the Peas along side Curtis Mayfield before things were stepped up to a more modern funk feel. Nobody can doubt that the Plump Djs are funky and they certainly kept things pumped till the end with a bit of help from the Mighty Dub Katz’ Let the Drums Speak.
If you have an eclectic outlook on your music and are looking for a different night out to the normal club / pub night get your funky ass down to The Leederville Hotel.