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Funk upon a time…
A band of DC-based musicians set out on a mission with one directive, to rescue funk from the depths of obscurity.
After years of neglect and abuse, the genre that gave rise to some of the greatest music in the galaxy now rested in a deep slumber, forgotten. Not dead but in a comatose malaise, buried in an unmarked tomb.
Mandated by the spirit of the early funk fathers, these chosen few are delegated the responsibility of resurrecting this forgotten art form. Though recent efforts by contemporary artists to breathe life into the genre have received accolades and recognition, only by bringing back the authentic works of the masters will funk’s light shine once again on humanity.
It is through this mission to preserve the funk and carry the torch for future generations that we bring to you,…
X-FACTOR'S FUNK XPLOSION!!
By culling the works of the true funk founders, X-FACTOR has produced a spectacle worthy of high praise featuring some of the funkiest works ever recorded. A tribute that truly delivers, X-FACTOR not only faithfully resurrects the great party music of the 70s and early 80s but also sets the stage properly with costumes, lighting and iconic props that immerse the audience in a sensory overload of audio-visual nirvana. From the opening notes of the first song, you are transported to a time of retro-orgasmic, cosmic euphoria where afro puffs, bell bottoms, and stacked heels were the uniform of the night.
Instead of highlighting the work of one artist, X-FACTOR shines the light on blocks of music by various artists, creating a journey through time and space leaving you wanting more and checking the calendar for the next starflight aboard the Mothership.
If you can only see one tribute show in a lifetime, X-FACTOR'S FUNK XPLOSION is it.
May We Funk You?
X-FACTOR band delivers an authentic, polished funk and soul sound. For almost a decade, fellow DC natives Don Theo. (guitar & vocal) and Anthony B. Rucker. (bass guitar) have been putting the "R" and "B" in rhythm and blues, after an impromptu jam session several years ago. From that session they knew they had something special, and shortly after created X-FACTOR!
A musician from a young age, Anthony Rucker, a.k.a. "Da Bass Man" chose to play the bass guitar in order to be just like his older brother. Soon after he choose the bass as his main instrument, he formed his own R&B/Funk band, The Soul Formula Band. Soul Formula was a popular R&B Funk band in the 70's and 80's in the Washington area venues for more than 10 years. Currently, Anthony has a few irons in the fire.
He can be found playing with a local gospel project for Amazing Grace Ministries Praise Team. While wearing his signature Funk Hats, he was keeping it funky with the late blues legend Bobby Parker and the Blues Night Band on a national level before Bobby's passing. And most recently he can be found combining the funk with the blues with the First Lady of DC Blues, Stacy Brooks.
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