New Orleans/Austin Music Melding

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Hurricane Katrina blew New Orleans funk music to Austin, and the "Live Music Capital of the World" is enjoying the melding of musical styles.

There is a new/old style of music making a come-back in Austin, post hurricane Katrina. With the in-flow of musicians from New Orleans, funk style music is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

Funkybatz founder, promoter Barbara Prashner, is sponsoring the first annual "Funkfest," bringing an all-star collaboration of musicians modeled after famed after-hours New Orleans parties to two venues as a complement to Austin City Limits Festival September 15-17th.

Funk is a distinct upbeat style of music, featuring syncopated rhythms, thick bassline, razor-sharp rhythm guitars, rhythm-oriented horn sections, and strong jazz influences which leave one with the irresistable urge to shake one's booty. New Orleans' after-festival parties are known for dancing and surprise special guest musicians.

Prashner says, "the Funkfest offers music lovers a blend of New Orleans and Texas funk in an intimate setting. The idea is to cultivate the magic of the legendary after parties of New Orleans."

The festival kicks off with a performance by Topaz and special guests Friday September 15th at famed live music venue Jovita's.

The next night, September 16th, famed musician Cyril Neville will be providing vocals for Austin musician Papa Mali and percussion with drummer Stanton Moore (Galactic).

The last night, Sunday, September 17th, the venue changes to The Parish Room where the Stanton Moore Trio with Robert Walter & Will Bernard will be joined by Ivan Neville and Papa Mali.

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