Jungle Fire, Boulevards

The Wayfarer Presents

Jungle Fire

Boulevards

Thu, September 13, 2018

8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Jungle Fire
Jungle Fire
Conceived as a one­off Afro Latin funk jam between friends in 2011, Los Angeles' JUNGLE FIRE has quickly and steadily become an explosive 10­piece Tropi­Funk juggernaut lighting up sold out dance floors and music festivals in several continents. Since the release of their initial 7" singles on the Ohio­based Colemine Records through the release of their full­length debut LP "Tropicoso" via Los Angeles' Nacional Records, JUNGLE FIRE's unique blend of deep funk, West African dance music and AfroCaribbean rhythms has been a favorite of well known DJs and taste makers worldwide, including the likes of Craig Charles and Gilles Peterson (BBC), the Paris DJs (France), Rich Medina, Cut Chemist and NPR, to name a few. Juno Records (UK) has summed up the band's live show experience by stating: "Few bands live up to their name in the way JUNGLE FIRE do; fusing Cumbia, Afrobeat and trad funk, each JUNGLE FIRE jam blazes the floor with real power". Consisting of musicians who have played, recorded and/or toured with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ozomatli, Del the Funky Homosapien, Syl Johnson, Celia Cruz, LCD Soundsystem, U2 and Kelis among many others, their sound is a direct reflection of the musical and cultural landscape of the city they call home; a highly explosive musical cocktail ready to ignite lovers of funk music worldwide!
Boulevards
Boulevards
Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that range from raw and risqué to soulful on his debut LP Groove!

From an early age, Jamil’s father, a R&B Radio DJ, exposed him to jazz, blues, and R&B. This pushed him to get involved in the city’s local music scene early on in his youth. In his teens, he embraced the punk and metal scene in his hometown of Raleigh, NC; genres that would later go on to influence Rashad’s songwriting by way of their tight technical precision and power. After an art school education and several stints in local bands, Jamil rediscovered and returned to his first true love: funk.

Boulevards evokes a spirit from a time that combined intricate production with a focus on rhythm and getting people back on the dance floor. With Groove!, Boulevards does just that. On tracks like “Patience,” Rashad melds pop with vintage hip-hop elements — think Eddie Murphy meets The Sugarhill Gang — and it just works. “Cold Call” introduces a slow hypnotic groove before a symphony of synths, creating a rhythmic cadence that stays with you even after the party is over. However, to give Groove! merit solely based on nostalgia would be a mistake. Groove! is not just a rework of a classic sound — it is an intelligent collection, an evolution to reign in a new era of funk – heard via the disco pulses on tracks like “Weekend Love” and “Up On Your Love,” nodding to industry giants like Pharrell and Breakbot.
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
http://www.wayfarercm.com