It's time to get funky Portland, Oregon! Farnell Newton, Stage 722 & The Alberta St. Pub present Funklandia: Portland Funk Music Festival on Friday, May 13th at Portland's Newest Music Venue "Stage 722," Saturday, May 14th at Alberta St. Pub.
Funklandia is celebrating its inaugural year in a big way, with two days of funk and soul plus a special kickoff jam. Started by trumpeter and music mentor Farnell Newton, Funklandia was created to showcase the past, present, and future of Portland’s funk scene. Emphasizing community empowerment, the festivities will highlight high-quality, live musical performances from homegrown talent.
Farnell Newton is dedicated to making an impact through outreach, mentorship and education. Along with being a former musical mentor/educator to countless Portland youth and young artists, the community-minded trumpeter is one of the most versatile musicians in the Northwest, playing straight-ahead jazz, smooth jazz, Latin music, hip-hop, soul, funk and more. Newton studied jazz performance at Oberlin’s Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where he once had the opportunity to back Aretha Franklin. Since then, he’s graced big stages like the B.E.T. Soul Train Awards, and also made a name for himself locally, playing regularly at iconic sites such as the now-shuttered Jimmy Mak’s jazz club alongside local heroes like Pete Krebs and Willy Vlautin. In 2014, Farnell toured with Grammy-winning R&B singer/songwriter Jill Scott and with the legendary “rhinestone rockstar doll” bassist Bootsy Collins. Farnell has also performed with musical greats like George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic Dumpstaphunk, The Nth Power, Lettuce, Karl Denson, Fred Wesley, Stevie Wonder, and many others. Newton also has a Masters of Jazz Studies degree from Portland State University. He is the bandleader for soul/funk outfit The Othership Connection.