Five Alarm Funk coming to the Dekker Centre

A Vancouver band whose musical influences run from latin, funk, punk, gypsy, gypsy-rock and Afro-Funk is bringing their tour to North Battleford at the end of February.

Five Alarm Funk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts. The performance will be in the Dr. James Lawrence Rehearsal Hall.

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The Dekker Centre website noted that the band “bristles with fiery rhythms, punchy horns and gang-chant vocals that have ignited fans across Canada, down into the U.S. and even as far away as Taiwan.”

The group consists of vocalist and drummer Tayo Branston, Oliver Gibson on guitar, Jay Smith bass, Eli Bennett sax, Kent Wallace on trumpet, Gabe Boothroyd on guitar, Carl Julig on timbales and Tom Towers on congas.

According to their Facebook page the band began when Branston, Boothroyd and Neil Towers met at a Vancouver house party in 2003.

They’ve done albums including Anything is Possible in 2010, and the most recent one titled Sweat. 

Their latest tour has them going to Winnipeg on Feb 21 and 22, the Bailey Theatre in Camrose Feb. 27, the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts in Prince Albert on Feb. 28 and North Battleford the next night.

Tickets are $45 and are available at the Dekker Centre website. You must be over 19 to attend. 

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