Beats of All-Nations presents Re:Fresh
with special guests: The Funk Ark (Washington DC) featuring Will Rast of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Re:Fresh & Beats of All-Nations DJs:
JB – MIKE STYLES
STRYKE UNO – PORCHLITE
The Funk Ark:
“Bringing it and taking listeners on a global funk journey that will have you melting into the dancefloor.” – Giant Step
Washington D.C. native, Will Rast (of Antibalas), has been composing music and playing professionally since the age of 14. A love of vintage Funk and Soul, as well as a wide range of instrumental jazz styles were the impetus behind the formation of The Funk Ark in 2007. As a member of Washington DC’s fast growing community of artists, it was easy to find incredibly talented musicians to form a group big enough to create the range of sound he wanted. The band began with compositions that were reminiscent of Lonnie Liston Smith, or Herbie Hancock, but it was Will Rast’s growing interest in the Afro Beat music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Mono Mono of Nigeria, as well as Mulatu Astatke and Mahmoud Ahmed of Ethiopia, and the legendary Salsa ensemble The Fania Allstars, that caused the band’s direction to the shift towards a more polyrhythmic, dance-inspiring, funk sound.
The musical journey of Will Rast, which currently includes being a member of international touring sensations, Antibalas, has helped The Funk Ark to amass a wild, beautiful collection of albums over the years, revealing his personal evolution of funk and rhythm. And through these albums, and The Funk Ark’s live shows, the group keeps audiences moving, and awe-inspired, on the dancefloor.
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Beats of All-Nations
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM | 21+ | No Cover!
dba256 Wine Bar Lounge
256 S. Main St.
Pomona, CA 91766