VIA 2011 Wrap Party featuring Dam-Funk & Master Blazter, PTA, ELQ, Smooth Tutors
Yep, yep, VIA‘s not over quite yet! Now that we’ve all recovered from our hangovers, it’s time to give it one last shot and begin next week with a funk-induced hangover that only a VIA artist can provide. You might remember Dam-Funk from last year’s festival. A highlight for many, the performance was over the top, highly accessible to the average listener and got everyone’s tired asses on their feet. This year we’re hoping for much of the same, but in a much more intimate setting – the Shadow Lounge.
If you’re unfamiliar, this little blurb from a Pitchfork interview does Dam-Funk some justice:
“Much in the same way that Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings transform from a reenactment of a circa ’66 soul revue to a distinct set of musical personalities the more you listen to them, DÃ¢m-Funk uses all his vintage equipment as a medium to express his own voice, tucking a lot of stealthy forward progress and experimental tendencies between the notes. Chortle at that keytar all you want– he can still make it sound like the future.” –Pitchfork
And if you are in fact familiar, then you know what you’re in for. I wish I could tell you some more about the fella, but there’s really not too much out about him. Every source I could find regurgitated the same blurb about how he’s from Cali and “cultivating a musical renaissance”. I’m all for that, but hopefully we can get an interview with this cat and dig a bit deeper into his world. For now, we can tell you that he shares a label with VIA 2011 alum Peanut Butter Wolf and recent Pgh visitor Mayer Hawthorne. If you want to know what “southern Cali space funk” sounds like, check him out.
Pittsburgh artists ELQ, PTA and Smooth Tutors round out the bill. ELQ and PTA are both making their live debut. Smooth Tutors are an instrumental group who have been jamming since 2009. Precise, funky and influenced by the post-rock scene, Smooth Tutors add some depth to the evening. You’ll dig them if you’re into Stereolab or Tortoise. You might just dig them if you aren’t, too. As for the others:
Get acquainted. Show up. Party on a Sunday. Extend VIA 2011 for one more day. Why not?