SPENCER — Hailing from Chicago, Funkadesi represents the diverse multiethnic communities within the city. The band’s one-world sound and positive vibe makes it a unique and compelling musical force. Their not-to-be-missed energetic live show is coming to the LuCille Tack Center for the Arts in Spencer on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
Funkadesi derives its bold and distinctive blend of Caribbean, East Indian, African, and funk music from the wildly disparate musical and cultural backgrounds of its nine core members. Brought together by a desire to combine Indian improvisations with reggae/funk grooves, the band quickly earned two Chicago Music Awards for their contribution to world music and scored opening gigs for bands like Los Lobos and Cracker.
Their first release was a self-titled EP. In 2000 they followed it with “Uncut Roots,” their full-length debut.
What distinguishes Funkadesi as a group is how each band member’s unique and uncompromised cultural/musical contribution merges to create one unifying sound and vision. They declare “One Family … Many children,” and the ease with which their music manages to blend multicultural sounds demonstrates how similar we all are at the core and how well our diverse cultures complement each other.
Seats for Funkadesi are reserved ($12 adult/$5 youth) and can be purchased online at www.lucilletackcenter.com, by calling the Box Office at 715-659-4499, or in person at 300 School St., Spencer, WI. The LuCille Tack Center for the Arts box office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.