Funk Band for the Common Man
If you want to celebrate some achievement in your life or curse some setback in Irish wake fashion, your best bet would be to get a bunch of friends together and go see the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra.
Calling them one of Fort Wayne’s best party bands doesn’t really do justice to the excellence of their playing and the synergy among players.
But the band sure does know how to throw a party.
The Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra are releasing their first CD, Funk Band for the Common Man, and are commemorating this occasion with a party on February 4 at Columbia Street West.
Funk Band for the Common Man is a good CD to put on if you want to combat the winter blues. In six months’ time it will also be a good CD to put on if you want to celebrate having forgotten winter ever happened.
At one level, Funk Band for the Common Man is a historical tour. I hesitate to use the phrase “historical tour” because it might put people in mind of artifacts in glass cases and educational spiels delivered in low tones. This CD is not that kind of historical tour.
Instead, it pays lively homage to every epoch of funk music: the James Brown era; the Earth, Wind and Fire era; the Minneapolis sound; Rick James’ punk funk; and the dawn of hip-hop.
Anchoring most of the songs is the excellent rapping of bandleader Aaron King. I am the last person anyone seeking hip-hop expertise would want to go to, but King’s writing and performing work here transcends the ignorance of people like me. He is unquestionably dazzling.
Other members are Tony Didier, Jason Westerman, Drake Bates, Miguel Burney, Jamont Simmons and Dave Latchaw.
Highlights of the CD are “Ain’t Nobody Funking Around,” which evokes (for me) Kool & the Gang, and the title track, which seems reminiscent of the atmospheric seventies soundtrack work of Herbie Hancock or Lalo Schifrin.
This is a muscular and meaty release performed impeccably. Hopefully, it’s the first of many to come. (Steve Penhollow)
by Steve Penhollow
Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Team Trivia — Trivia for teams of up to 6 players, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Crazy Pinz/Coconutz, Fort Wayne, free, 969-9336
#Loud w/J Tubbs, Etate — Hip-hop at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits, Fort Wayne, 7:30 p.m., $5, (260) 456-7005
Chris Worth — Variety at Mitchell's Sports Bar & Neighborhood Grill, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, (260) 387-5063
Columbia Street Unplugged feat. Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae — Variety at Columbia Street West, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 422-5055
Hubie Ashcraft — Acoustic at Beamer's Sports Grill, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 625-1002
Jeff McDonald — Folk at Don Hall's Guesthouse, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 489-2524
Lee Lewis All Stars — Blues/R&B at The Supper Club & Lounge, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 451-8223
Open Mic — Hosted by Mike Conley at Mad Anthony Brewing Co., Fort Wayne, 8-11 p.m., no cover, 426-2537
Open Stage Jam — Hosted by Pop 'n' Fresh at Office Tavern, Fort Wayne, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., no cover, 478-5827
Paul New Stewart — Variety at The Venice Restaurant, Fort Wayne, 6-9 p.m., $1, (260) 482-1618
Tronic — EDM at O'Sullivan's Italian Irish Pub, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 422-5896
Bucca Karaoke w/Bucca — Variety at Deer Park Irish Pub, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 432-8966
Classic City Karaoke w/Juice — Variety at The Venue, Angola, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover, 665-3922
DJ Shawn — Karaoke/variety at Club Paradise, Angola, 10 p.m., no cover, 833-7082
Fort Wayne Karaoke & DJ's — Karaoke at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 482-6425
Fort Wayne Karaoke — Variety at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/Jay — Variety at Arena Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 557-1563
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/TJ — Variety at Rack and Helen's, New Haven, 10 p.m., no cover, 749-5396
Karaoke w/DJ Shaun Marcus — Variety at Piggy's Brew Pub, Angola, 10 p.m., no cover, 665-7550
Karaoke — Variety at Crooner's Karaoke Bar, Fort Wayne, 10 -.m.-3 a.m., no cover, 486-1979
Live DJ — Variety at Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 485-1038
Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu — Variety at Double Down, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 435-4567
Shotgun Prod. Karaoke — Variety at Paul's Pub, Kendallville, 10 p.m., no cover, 340-1318
Sidecar Gary's Karaoke & DJ w/Ben — Karaoke at Spudz Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 7-11 p.m., no cover, 493-7292
Picasso at the Lapin Agile — Steve Martin’s absurdist comedy involving a conversation between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 23-25 and 2 p.m Sunday, Feb. 26, USF Performing Arts Center, Fort Wayne, $10-$12, 422-4226
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22nd Annual Valentine’s Invitational — Works from local and national artists, Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment thru March 31 , Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568
2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards — Award-winning works from northern Indiana and northwest Ohio middle and high school students, Tuesday-Sunday thru April 9, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Afros: A Celebration of African Hair by Michael July — Contemporary photography exhibit by Brooklyn author/photographer, daily thru April 14, D’Agostino Art Gallery, Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, 399-8626
Beeswax & Baskets — Works of encaustic painting, basketry and woven sculpture from Ruth Koomler, Monday-Saturday thru Feb. 28, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Decatur Sculpture Tour — 31 original sculptures and 15 permanent exhibits on display, walking tour maps available, thru April 1, Decatur, free, 724-2605
Emily Geodesky — Contemporary photographs, Sunday-Friday thru Feb. 26 at First Presbyterian Art Gallery, First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, 426-7421
Entropy — Daniel Swartz solo exhibition explores relationship between death and mourning through combinations of mythology, mathematics, multi-dimensional physics and pop culture, Monday-Saturday thru April 1, Jennifer Ford Art, Fort Wayne, 740-1309
Fort Wayne Artist Guild February Exhibitions — Works by Darlene Selzer Miller at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Alice Siefert at Allen County Retinal Surgeons, John Kelty at Citizens Square (2nd and 3rd floors), Curtis Rose at The Einhaus Group for Women’s Health, Dick Heffelfinger at Heritage of Fort Wayne, Carolyn Stachera at Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest), Linda Binek at Ophthalmology Consultants (North), Doni Adam at Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, Anita Trick at ResCare Inc. Adult Day Service and Town House Retirement, Karen Harvey at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Brenda Baeumier and Randy Roberts at Will Jewelers, thru Feb. 28, fortwayneartistguild.org.
Fort Wayne, American Monologue — A new body of Fort Wayne-based works by Oakland, California-based artist Brett Armory, Tuesday-Sunday thru Feb. 26, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Generations: A View of Who Was Who — Works by Romare Bearden, Kara Walker, Alma Thomas, Jacob Lawrence and other African-American artists, Tuesday-Sunday thru April 9, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Glass: A Medium in Art and Automobiles — Dale Chihuly blown glass and fiberglass auto, daily thru Sept. 8, Auburn, $7.50-$12.50, 925-1444
IPFW Continuing Studies Professional Photography Graduate Exhibit — Photographs from 2017 graduates, Friday-Sunday thru March 5, Garrett Museum of Art, Garrett, 704-5400
Life in Full Bloom — Metal sculpture focused on a spirit of hope for women with breast cancer, Sunday-Friday thru Feb. 26 at First Presbyterian Art Gallery, First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, 426-7421
A Mary Poppins Garden Party — Child-oriented garden exhibit, Tuesday-Sunday thru April 1, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5 (2 and under, free), 427-6440
Moments in Time: Reflecting on the Human Spirit — Elizabeth Opalenik photographs from her recent Amish series A Journey Home and her Reflecting on the Edge exhibition, daily, Feb. 27-March 26 (artist reception and lecture, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 2), Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Patricia Biesen: Pastels, Ink Drawing & Acrylic — Works from Chicago-based artist recently relocated to Fort Wayne, Tuesday-Sunday thru Feb. 29, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5 (2 and under, free), 427-6440
A Peek at the Studio Creations of Doc Wiedman: Traditional Carver of Wood Since 1980 — Nearly 70 original works by Huntington-based wood artist, Monday-Friday thru Feb. 28, Balentine Gallery, Arts, Commerce & Visitors Centre, Bluffton, 824-5222
RAW. Untamed. Unashamed. Visions of Freedom. — Abstract romanticist works in acrylics and epoxy from Kristy Jahn, Fridays and Saturday-Thursday by appointment, Feb. 25-March 25 (opening reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25), The Gallery at Pranayoga, Fort Wayne, 423-9642
Semantic Sequences — Exhibition of letterpress prints by Stephanie Carpenter, assistant director of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Tuesday-Sunday thru March 24, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
Tim Brumbeloe Retrospective — A retrospective of local photographer’s works over the past 25 years, Monday-Friday thru March 17, Lupke Gallery, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Triangulations — Etchings and giclee prints, daily thru Feb. 28, Old Crown Coffee Roasters, Fort Wayne, 797-9821
A Winter Wonderland of Art — Works from over 20 artists including Norman Bradley, George McCullough, Austin Cartwright, Sayaka Ganz and more, Tuesday-Saturday thru Feb. 28, Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, Roanoke, 672-2080
Woodcarvings by Dr. Larry Wiedman — “A peek at the studio creations of Doc Wiedman: traditional carver of wood since 1980,” Monday-Friday thru Feb. 24, Balentine Gallery, Arts Commerce & Visitors Center, Bluffton, 824-5222
Artlink Educational Programs — Art classes offered by Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, dates and times vary, Artlink, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-7195
Fort Wayne Dance Collective Workshops — Workshops and classes for movement, dance, yoga and more offered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective, dates and times vary, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-6574
IPFW Community Arts Academy— Art, dance, music and theater classes for grades pre-K through 12 offered by IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, fees vary, 481-6977, www.ipfw.edu/caa
Sweetwater Academy of Music — Private lessons for a variety of instruments available from professional instructors, ongoing weekly lessons, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, call for pricing, 432-8176, academy.sweetwater.com
Tincture Trivia — Trivia night for teams of 4 or 6 people, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, free, 482-6425
Watercolor Instruction — Artist Tom De Somer of De Somer Fine Art Studio offers watercolor painting instruction 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first four Thursdays of each month, Indiana Wesleyan University, Fort Wayne, $144/four-week course, 805-328-8336, www.desomerart.com/classes