For many years popular R&B funk and soul bands have performed in Europe with tremendous support! Why has not a similar reciprocation taken place? No doubt, the reasons are many. Funk is a Black American Art Form that has proliferated throughout the globe, resulting in many artists of various earthly locations to add and contribute their blend. They have spread their funk for decades all over Europe.
Inspired by the likes of James Brown, Sly Stone, P-Funk, GAP Band, Ohio Players, Kool & the Gang and other original American funk outfits, Europe started its own funk history in the seventies with the Average White Band from Scotland as foremost example. But also in other European countries funk started to root: Malka Family and FFF (France), Chakachas (Belgium), Barrabás (Spain), Supermax and Grand Slam (Germany), Heatwave, Olympic Runners and P-Theory (England), Houseband and in the eighties Gotcha! and Seven Eleven (The Netherlands), and also Stonefunkers and The Neon Romeoz (Sweden) to name just a few.
Now the time has come to mutually share the stage on American soil. International radio host Skip Reeves welcomes Seven Eleven from The Netherlands and The Neon Romeoz from Sweden to the first edition of an historic event: The International Rocky Mountain Funk Out!, which will be held on July 5th and 6th at Sculpture Park in Denver. Other artists performing at The International Rocky Mountain Funk Out! are: Brick, Con Funk Shun, Jennifer Batten, Karyn White, LA Sky & The Rick James Stone City Band Revue, The System and Dotsero.
Skip has been airing international funk for over 8 years now. His show, ‘A Funk Above The Rest’, receives on average over 200 new songs every week for airplay consideration – from all around the world! It only makes sense for Skip, along with his partners at MSE Radio Network to be the first to put on such a long overdue event!