Toronto based After Funk crossed the border to perform with special guests, the progressive soul pop Paddelbots, in Ferndale, Michigan, at The Parliament Room at Otus Supply on Thursday, March 14, 2018.
After Funk is a fun filled, soul driven, funk-rock explosion. Hailed as “The grooviest band north of the border” (Live for Live Music), the Toronto based funk family have been blazing a trail through the North American music scene leaving only happy hearts and dancing feet in their wake. The combination of Yanick Allwood (keyboards & vocals), Jaime Rosenberg (drums), Justin Bontje (bass) and Phil Tessis (guitar) results in an infectiously fun show, as well as virtuosity and beauty that will challenge your musical mind. After Funk’s sound and hard work has not gone unnoticed; being selected as the Electric Forest’s Instrumental Forester in 2014 earned them two sets at the festival and they have served as support for Walk Off The Earth, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, TAUK and more.
The band has released 2 albums: ‘Til The Sun Comes Up features Canadian hip hop legend Choclair and earned over $10,000 in crowdfunding presales and their self-titled debut EP was mixed and mastered by Alan Evans of Soulive. Both albums promise to have you rocking out and singing along to catchy melodies and funky grooves. Fans at Otus Supply truly experienced a night of grooving with After Funk.
Find out more about After Funk at: http://www.afterfunk.ca
Paddlebots represents the collective vision and music stylings of Kortez Buckner and Haruki Hakoyama. Born out of a series of YouTube covers, the duo’s intricate and unique arranging style and high-energy performance quickly gained viral popularity. Inspired by the support of their growing fanbase, Paddlebots was created to provide a creative outlet for Kortez and Haruki’s original work. In partnership with their friends Ethan, Andy, Dominic, Mike, and Zak, Paddlebots has curated a unique sound marked by head-bobbing grooves, soulful vocals, soaring solos, and righteous horns that has been coined “Progressive Soul Pop”, and they shared their passion with an excited audiences during the show at Otus Supply.
Find out more about Paddlebots: http://www.paddlebotsmusic.com
The show was presented by Otus Supply and Grand Circus Media.
After opening in December of 2016, The Parliament Room at Otus Supply immediately sold out 11 consecutive shows, and has become the first home for Jam, Americana, Bluegrass, Funk, Folk, and Soul music in the Greater Detroit Area.
Grand Circus Media is an event promoter, event producer, and show and concert booking agency based in Detroit, Michigan.
In Photos: After Funk In Concert at Otus Supply
In Photos: Paddlebots In Concert at Otus Supply
Photos by Kevin Blondin / Eyes On Windsor
Kevin Blondin is an aspiring photographer studying public relations at the St. Clair College Mediaplex. He is dedicated to promoting artists, entertainment and events in the Windsor-Detroit area. Kevin has recently launched Sound & City Photography which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.