Funkytown screening and live performances set for St. Paul
Like it or not, Lipps Inc's disco-fueled jam "Funkytown" is an indelible '80s anthem that will forever be linked with the Twin Cities sound. Now there is a new European TV series named after the song called Funkytown, which highlights and examines the musical culture of six American cities -- and, appropriately enough, the first episode focuses on the Twin Cities.
The series is hosted by Minneapolis native Cynthia Johnson, singer of the worldwide #1 hit "Funkytown," and on Wednesday, May 8, Johnson will be hosting a musical event that includes a screening of the Twin Cities episode of the TV show as well as some live performances from local musicians at the Minnesota Music Cafe in St. Paul.
Not only will Johnson herself be hosting and performing at the event, but there are also other local musical luminaries scheduled to play throughout the evening. Desdamona, Kevin Bowe, JB & the Routine with Jellybean Johnson, Billy Peterson, and Boombox are all set to perform during the event, highlighting not only where the famous Twin Cities sound came from, but where it is going in the future.
The other episodes of Funkytown focus on the vibrant music scenes in New Orleans, San Francisco, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The show travels to each city and shines a spotlight on the distinct music venues and historical locations that have helped shape the past, present, and future sounds of each respective city, while also featuring live performances from well known and up-and-coming bands from each city.
Some of the highlights of the hour-long Twin Cities episode of Funkytown include Mint Condition playing outside of First Avenue, Shenandoah performing in the Mill City ruins, Stokley Williams and Mario Dawson battling with their drums, and Peter Schimke playing in the Sculpture Garden.
Watch the trailer for Funkytown here.
This special screening of the Twin Cities episode of Funkytown is taking place at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the Minnesota Music Cafe in St. Paul. Tickets are $10, with the screening set to begin at 9:00, and music performances beginning at 10:30. More information about Funkytown can be found at the show's website.