Eight members, drum kit, timbales, congas, bass, guitars, trumpet, saxophone, and an absurdly wild collection of outfits? Welcome to Five Alarm Funk.
On March 21, this Vancouver-based band will heat up the Chilliwack Cultural Centre with their intense epic arrangements, heavy groove and a whole lot of funk.
Gypsy-rock, afro-funk, Latin, ska and punk, Five Alarm Funk is over a decade deep into their career and have created their own specific brand of music. With costume changes, character cameos and enough energy to fuel the entire night, their theatrics are what make their live shows such an experience.
In 2003, first-time drummer Tayo Branston and guitarist Gabe Boothroyd met at a Vancouver house party where they played, which was the start of something incredibly special. They went from playing parties to playing gigs locally to a bus tour across Canada and into the States. Along the way, other musicians started showing up and joining them and the crowds continued to grow.
The added musicians had their sound exploding with fiery rhythms and punchy horns that perfectly combined with the gang-chant vocals. They took shape organically, and found their sound by picking up their instruments, kicking off a beat and winging it.
Five Alarm Funk is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $30 for youth, and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).