Your Chance to Dine With a Funk Legend Before You Party With The Rest

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long beach funk festWant to prep your funk before the festivities kick off at the 3rd Annual Long Beach Funk Fest? Courtesy of Long Beach Funk Fest organizers, “Breakfast With Fred” is the invite you’ve been waiting for—all are welcome to dine at the same time with Fred Wesley, Fred’s daughter Joya Wesley, funk band members and Long Beach Funk Fest founder, Bobby Easton from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20th, at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles at 730 E. Broadway, in Long Beach.

Diners also will have the opportunity to welcome Fred Wesley to Long Beach, New Orleans style – with a quick party played upon his arrival by the New Orleans Brass Band. While waiting for their meals, there will be a book signing, where diners can sign their autographs and compose personal messages to the legendary trombonist. The signed books will be presented as keepsakes for Fred to take. For breakfast, Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffle will serve their usual fare described by Yelpers as sweet, savory and mmmm, mmmm, MMMM! Later that day, Fred, his band, and the rest of the funky performers in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Funk Fest will take to the streets in a celebration of musical freedom.

As the Funk Festival’s headliner this year, Fred Wesley got his start in the business with Ike Turner, backed James Brown, played with Parliament Funkadelic and now lends his talents to Abraham Inc.* Fred will arrive in Long Beach with a repertoire filled with decades of hits from albums such as “Motor Booty Affair,” “Urban Dance Floor Guerilla’s,” “Live on Planet Groove and Instant Party,” not to mention “Hell” from the James Brown years which features one of the world’s most renowned and sampled funk songs, “Papa Don’t Take No Mess.”

Fred and a world-renowned cohort of funk musicians will contribute to the 3rd Annual Long Beach Funk Fest by answering the call for pure funk, a musical genre that tends to be lapped in with other styles, instead of being recognized for its own distinct elements. Funk stands alone by not shying away from driving bass lines, demanding rhythms, dramatic musicianship and accentuated vocal styling. Bobby Easton, funk musician and founder of the Long Beach Beach Funk Fest, wants everyone to enjoy a full days serving of undiluted funk – starting with “Breakfast with Fred.”

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