Music Madness: Feeling a Little Funky?

We’ve got the scoop on the grooviest acts in town.

Five Alarm Funk

Self-described as the “champions of the party-funk orchestra scene,” Five Alarm Funk combines all of your favorite genres into one stream of chaotic bliss. When it comes to live performance, these Canadian imports leave no rock unturned. With punchy jazz, spurts of ska and their signature “gypsy music,” show-goers will experience a smorgasbord of sounds. 

Known for their army of cult-like fans, outrageously energetic performances and variety of sounds, the 10 members of Five Alarm Funk have been known to rock out in everything from gorilla suits to bullhorns. Boasting four percussionists, two guitarists, two saxophonists, a trumpeter, a bass player and a trombonist, these tatted, mohawked musicians aim to please with their vivaciously nutty antics. Tickets ($15 each) are available online.

Tractor Tavern  | 9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9  


The 10 members of DoctorfunK have jammed together since 1995, so it’s no surprise the group has mastered a signature blend of soul and funk. Like true Northwesterners, these Seattle natives have captured a loyal following throughout the years, thanks to their strong vocal arrangements and an eclectic combination of horns and percussion.

Known for both original works and marvelous covers of classic funksters like Tower of Power and James Brown, DoctorfunK always inspires their audience to cut a rug. Admission to the show is $15; advanced dinner reservations are strongly recommended.

Highway 99 Blues Club  |  8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9


Taj Mahal

Afro-Caribbean bluesman Taj Mahal shouldn’t be confused with the Indian mausoleum — but we assure you, he’s quite monumental in his own right. As a self-taught musician and cultivator of more than 20 different instruments, the two-time Grammy winner nearly surpasses the prestige of his stage name.

With a 50-year career run under his belt, Taj Mahal re-defined the blues genre by mixing in his own influences from worldly travels and the true roots of blues: flavors of the Carribean, Africa, and the South Pacific. His gravelly, heartfelt voice effortlessly carries emotion and captures the essence of authentic soul. Set times vary each night; tickets ($32.50 each) can be purchased online.

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley | Friday, Dec. 9 —  Sunday, Dec. 18 (no show Monday, Dec. 12)