When Graham and I (Purpleganda) first articulated the philosophy of The Funky Ones we chose two specific guiding principles for our funky festivities: inclusion and attention to detail.
i can dress myself’s album release last week was the perfect manifestation of this mission. Together with all of our beautiful, loving and talented friends we threw the most epic gala where everyone simply delighted each other.
I would like to thank some of the people who created this summit event but most of all I would like to thank the glamourous Emily Squirmbot Thundermouse Haltom for crafting a truly unforgettable affair. Brava my dear!
- Thank you to Dex Stakker andNeonbunny Lapine for the triumphant dance floor.
- Thank you Bené Rather-Taylor, Becky Neil and Jonathan Chan our brilliant I Can Dance Commanders.
- Thank you Joseph Meyer (aka Josef Fasik) our brilliant producer and sound technician for the evening.
- Thank you Eric Wilson and Michael Angelo Passalalpi for a stunning light show.
- Thank you to Barb and the blue macaw, our gracious hosts.
- Thank you to the Bottlecap Gazebo, Max Poynton, Andrew Grinberg and Jonny Poynton for a gorgeous installation.
- Thank you Isaiah Weintraub and Om Refor helping us shlep all of our gear around.
- Thank you Carlo de la Sera and Stuart Philkill of Vidola Productions for documenting the affair.
- And finally, thank you to everyone who volunteered, promoted and attended “it’s nice actually.” I love all of you so much.
Photo of i can dress myself by Carlo de la Sera
IT’S NICE ACTUALLY, i can dress myself ALBUM RELEASE 4.7.12
- April 7th, 2012
- the Blue Macaw - 2565 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
- 9pm-2am / 21+
- $5 it’s nice actually by i can dress myself
Absurd-dance-band i can dress myself, known for their blend of electroacoustic-funk, nerdcore rapping, flailing dance parties and abrupt costume changes is unleashing their debut album it’s nice actually.
Come out of your winter hibernation and dress for visual stimulation and spring awakening: ruffled shirts, skirts, & bright-and-light colors just in time for Easter.
San Francisco’s very own silly electroacoustic band produces face-melting dance beats with melodies both whimsical and a little creepy. Join Thundermouse, the Minister of Purpleganda and Graham as they warn you of alien invasions, get down with stegosaurus and leave you boneless. This unique and ecletic trio will freestyle, bow and blast you into the future where (spoiler alert!) there are also dinosaurs.
Dynamic Electro House
Focusing on electronic dance music in the genres of house, electro, swing and funk. With over 10 years of experience as a dj, NeonBunny has played many of the great venues in the Bay Area. From De Young Museum to the Sound Factory, and even occasionally known to throw down at a dive bar called the Stud. And as music director for the former Bunny Jam parties, NeonBunny formed his connections with the creative, art, and Burning Man communities, while learning to add humor and creativity to his dj sets.
Decor will be provided by Bottlecap Gazebo, an art project for Burning Man 2012. Design by San Francisco artists Max Poynton and Andrew Grinberg. Constructed by Elephant Bird Camp.
Dearest Funky Ones,
This weekend you helped create something truly magical. Regardless of the world’s response to i can dress myself’s forthcoming music video (and I’m pretty sure eyeballs will liquify) this has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.
Here is an excellent Noisettes song that comes close to expressing the overwhelming joy and gratitude I feel for this weekend’s triumph!
The Funky Ones 2011 Retrospective
Thank you Funky Ones and friendships for a triumphant 2011!
The Communist Party 2.19.11 - The Funky Ones started 2011 with our very first warehouse party at Urban Art Farm. We projected communist propaganda onto the walls and enlisted the help of San Francisco’s best Top Gun Original Soundtrack cover band to delight our comrades. In true Politburo style Eamon Armstrong awarded himself the title of Minister of Purpleganda for his evangelical efforts.
Burnal Equinox 3.5.11 - i can dress myself performed a rockin 80s inspired set at Burnal Equinox, an annual event presented by the Burning Man Special Events team on which many Funky Ones volunteer. Bobzilla of BMIR -Burning Man Information Radio conducted icdm’s very first on-air interview.
Freakeasy 4.16.11 - i can dress myself and Zinc Finger in the Major Groove performed in the clandestine downstairs performance space at Viracocha in the Mission District of San Francisco. In a bold experimental move, i can dress myself performed with a live drum set.
Breakiosaurus 8.11.11 - To raise money for Elephant Bird Camp, the Funky Ones presented a dinosaur breakdancing party based on the 1984 film Breakin’ and our collective love of dinosaurs. A highlight of the event was a professional breakdancing performance by AcroSport’s All City BBoys.
Grahama’s House - The Funky Ones big project of 2011 was a mutant vehicle version of a suburban grandmother’s home produced by Graham Masta Flash. In spite of challenges in funding, licensing, and transportation our large art project was awarded a Department of Mutant Vehicle permit at Burning Man 2011.
Elephant Bird Camp, Burning Man 2011 - The Funky Ones won Burning Man 2011. You remember, you were there right?
Treasure Island Music Festival - Our mutant vehicle, Grahama’s House was commissioned to appear at the Bay Area’s premier music festival. The Funky Ones appeared as a gaggle of grandmothers delighting and creeping out festival goers young and old.
The Artumnal Gathering 11.9.11 - At this most prestigious of Burning Man event, members of the Funky Ones appeared in a supporting role for the Black Rock Arts Foundation. Next year we hope to be responsible for our own unique space at this fancy affair.
Funksgiving 11.26.11 - The Funky Ones joined forces with Bay Area dance powerhouse Planet Booty to provide the breast and the thigh for a funk feast at San Francisco’s Red Devil Lounge. The sultry affair featured the antics of a huge wandering turkey.
The Host of House Parties Present 12.17.11 - It has become a tradition for the Funky Ones to return to our house party roots and provide a magical affair to thank our outrageous community at the end of each year. Our third annual holiday party was presented at our original venue, Castle McLeodister home of Funky Ones co-founder Graham Masta Flash. i can dress myself once again played the legendary bed stage and a face-melting good time was had by all.
We look forward to the joys and challenges of 2012 with i can dress myself’s debut album “it’s nice actually” (April 1st, 2012) and Elephant Bird Camp’s 2012 project: The Bottlecap Gazebo by Andrew Grinberg and Max Poynton.