Let’s face it. It’s cold. Cold as hell, and it sucks. December can be a hard month, don’t you think? Sun is officially around for like 8 hours out of the day, it’s cold, and there’s few festivals. So, where do you go to get your musical fix all year round?
Well, our pals The Funk Hunters decided a couple years ago to keep those festival vibes flowing all winter long, with a holiday twist, so they created FUNK THE HALLS! A whirlwind tour of 30+ cities, bringing along tons of friends along the way. Over the years we have seen guests such as Mat the Alien, Chali 2na, Frase, Moontricks and so many more. It’s no surprise that so many homies came out to support the fastest rising stars on the west coast.
Blowing through every major Canadian city with a brand new stage design, fresh new outfits, and a horde of pals from different cities lending their musical styles, this is one of the best ways to end this year possible. They’ve gone through a major chunk of shows already, leaving sold out venues and sweaty crowds in their wake. This sets the stage for this weekend, as they end their tour with their classic back to back shows at the famed Commodore Ballroom.
The Funk Hunters have always been at the forefront of live performances, beginning with their legendary DJ sets, eventually moving into the world of live A/V sets, touring with a live band, and not to mention their tour with Chali 2na of Jurassic 5. These guys managed to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to live performances for the last decade, and this tour is no exception.
We had the pleasure of attending one of their back to back sold out shows in Victoria, BC, a massive stop on their tour due to their roots on Vancouver Island. Their fan-base here is large and passionate.
The first thing you notice with these shows is the immense attention to detail. The stage design was next level, incorporating festival vibes with holiday cheer and setting the room up for an intense night. The opening set started off with west coast legends Mat the Alien and DJ Pump playing back to back 45s to start things off right. Warming up the crowd was Victoria local and Illvis Freshly DJ Mt Doyle laying down some groovy drum n bass vibes, what a way to start things off!
For the main event, those funky boys started off the night with their smash new single Hands Up, and we kept our hands up the whole time after, mark our words. They blew through multiple genres, with the beautiful dancers of Good Lizard keeping the vibes alive on stage, and performing guests Georgia Murray of LIINKS. For those big fans of the Funk Hunters, we’re sure you recognized resident sexy sax man Smoothie hop on stage and lay down his melodies once or twice. It was incredible!
Honestly, 2018 is going to be the year of The Funk Hunters. This tour cemented their 2017 as nothing short of legendary, and it only goes up from here!
Did you catch a date on the tour? Let us know in the comments!