This weekend, Lettuce is hosting their first-ever celebration of funk music at The Fillmore Philadelphia, dubbed Funk Of Ages: Past, Present & Future. The world-dominating future-funk trailblazers will host an incredible lineup of bands to honor the “Funk of Ages,” including multi-Grammy Award-winning funk/jazz/R&B ensemble Snarky Puppy, nine piece modern “power funk” act Turkuaz, Snarky bandleader Michael League‘s world-beat side project Bokanté (featuring Roosevelt Collier and more), and CT-based ensemble Funky Dawgz Brass Band.And now, The Brandon Niederauer Band has just been added to this incredible lineup! Fourteen-year-old “Taz” has been wow-ing audiences since before he entered double digits, gaining the respect of Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, and George Porter Jr. along the way. The young guitarist is well-versed in all things funk, rock, and blues, with a pocket full of originals ready to rock.Armed with an un-fuck-withable crew of musicians, Funk of Ages is set to elevate fans’ understanding and appreciation of funk music, providing a tour of different eras and approaches to the sound. From early innovators and modern-day funk ambassadors (Lettuce), to avant-garde jazz-funk heavyweights (Snarky), to modern funk with mass appeal (Turkuaz), “Funk of Ages” will highlight and celebrate all ends of the genre’s sprawling spectrum for one incredible funky day of music!Live For Live Music Presents Funk of Ages: Past, Present & Future will take place on June 24th at The Fillmore. Tickets are available here.In addition to the evening’s festivities inside the venue, Funk of Ages will also include a free block party from 1-4pm. Outside of The Fillmore and Punch Line Philly, there will be gourmet food, craft beers, beverages, beer gardens, yard games, and more for guests to enjoy. Music will be provided by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and others, while the day begins to take shape in a way like never before. Join Philly in showcasing their commitment to one-of-a-kind live music events at the first-ever Fillmore Block Party![cover photo by Josh Timmermans]
Ghana’s first ever Minigolf League is set to tee off this Sunday at the Marvels Sports Club at Dzorwulu in Accra. The League, which is expected to span a period of four weeks will see participants from across the country compete for honors in two major categories. Explaining the modalities for the competition, a Press Release signed by President of the Federation, Mr. Talal Fattal, noted that, “just like what pertains in football, the Minigolf League will feature four main stages, comprising the Group, Quarter, Semi-final and Finals”. The Release further noted that Players will be divided into two distinct groups, namely, Singles and Doubles, made up of both men and women. Successful Players from both the Singles and Doubles categories who are able to advance through the various stages of the competition will then face off in the final tee off which will see the crowning of champions from both sides. At stake is a fully paid trip including free air ticket and accommodation for the overall winner to compete in the World Cup series which will take place in Europe this year. There will also be attractive prizes for the runners up in both the Singles and Doubles competitions. The final 24 Players will also be granted the honor of representing Ghana at the World Cup Minigolf series in July. In an interview with Mr. Talal Fattal, who sounded optimistic about the success of the League, he encouraged both patrons and the general public to give all their support to it “as we seek to grow this beautiful sports”. Mr. Fattal also stressed that membership of the Federation was still open. He noted that interested persons may register online at www.ghanaminigolf.com. This Sunday’s League follows a successful rehearsals and training session that organizers put together last December to afford both players and amateurs hands-on experience of the sport. The Ghana Minigolf Federation was launched in Accra under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Federation is being run by a President and four-member Executive committee.