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Putting a bit of Spring in Funk Fest

Sullivan Hall’s Spring Funk Fest, set for Friday June 3rd, 2011, will showcase some amazing regional funk and groove talent. It will feature four incredible acts, including: Project Blue Book, Frank Viele and the Manhattan Project, Kurt Reifler, and Universal Funk Order.

Boston based Project Blue Book has just finished their debut full-length album, “Cheetah Speed,” produced by the one only Alan Evans of Soulive, and is ready to hit NYC with their own exciting brand of psychedelic jam funk. The band combines elements of funk, prog, reggae, gospel and rock to create a sound that could only be Project Blue Book.

Mix together some funky bass lines, driving horns and syncopated rhythms, and you’ll get 6-piece sensation, Frank Viele and the Manhattan Project. Hailing from the Metropolitan area with an incomparable enthusiastic stage presence and a successful debut album “Neon Lights”, it’s no surprise that FV&TMP’s popularity has exploded within the last year.

Kurt Reifler not only plays guitar and sings in his band Kill Kurt Reifler, he is also is an unbelievable drummer, who was recently featured on the homepage of Modern Drummer Magazine. Reifler has “always tried to play the weirdest drums available.” This is undoubtedly reflected in the unique music that he creates, which fuses rock and funk elements.

Universal Funk Order, an 8-piece funk band from Newark, Delaware, is a force of energetic and powerful rhythms with over 10 years touring experience between them. They flawlessly fuse their individual experiences in the music world and perform an explosion of electrifying sound that will have you dancing all night long.

Sullivan Hall is always looking for more funk bands to feature. If you’re a funk band looking for a gig, or a funk fan who’d like to see your favorite band at Sullivan Hall, we’d like to hear about it!

Tickets are $10; 7:30pm Show.