Parkdale Funk To Fill Heartwood Hall This Weekend

This Saturday, K.C Roberts and The Live Revolution are bringing “Parkdale Funk” to the Heartwood Concert Hall.  The Parkdale neighbourhood in Toronto has a reputation as a breeding ground for lively and varied musical talent, and some of them have been bringing that special energy here to Southern Georgian Bay.  Last week at Heartwood it was Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party, this week it’s the 8-piece funk band Live Revolution, winners of the 2007 Toronto Independent Music Award for the best live act.  Heartwood Hall is the ideal venue for a band like this; no other room in the area can accommodate the kind of energy this band delivers.  Exclaim! Magazine raves that Parkdale Funk 1 is filled with “wickedly contagious grooves…truly smoking J.B.’s- and Tower of Power-inspired horn charts, sick guitar soloing and colourful keyboard touches.”

In 2011 the band turned to crowdfunding to finance a double album called Parkdale Funk 2: Sides, and their fan base was so strong that they raised over $26,000, more than three times the budget of their two previous releases combined.  It allowed them to bring in over forty friends to help out on the album, a testament to the vibrancy of the Parkdale music scene.  As Roberts told Michael Warren at Exclaim! at the time, “We’re eight people, and then all of the sudden there are all these people in the room for different things. It doesn’t feel like a band that’s just hiring strangers, it feels like people we know, our friends. I think the craziest biggest parts were the strings. I’ve never had strings on anything I’ve ever done, and it was like 12 strings — eight violins, two violas, two cellos. That sound, you hear it all the time, but when you hear it and it’s something you wrote, it’s like “holy cow!” There was also this day where we had a big band day. That sound was just so powerful and so smart and encompasses all of these different harmonic things. So to have that in a room was unreal. It was a really cool artistic project and it seemed like all the people we knew in the community around us came and helped.”

Coral Andrews of the Waterloo Region Record raved, “From Robert’s masterful wah-wah guitar riffs to the band’s sassy, savvy wall of horns, KCLR has the essence of retro-funksters Earth, Wind and Fire, Sly and The Family Stone, and Tower of Power mixed with the hip-hop cool of Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus the happy-go-lucky performance flair of Jamiroquai.”

This is a band that knows how to fire up a party.  In 2005 when they played North By Northeast, a Toronto festival where bands come from all over to try to catch the eye of industry professionals, they placed Top 5 in’s report card reviews.  When they celebrated the release of the double album at the Mod Club in Toronto, they played for more than four hours, rocking until quarter after two in the morning.

Sounds like a great way to kick off a summer weekend!

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