Rare Groove: The 2nd Wave of Funk & Soul

The GRAMMY Museum will unearth the history and evolution of the "Rare Groove" movement, considered to be the second wave of funk and soul, with an intimate evening of conversation hosted by KCRW’s Jeremy Sole and featuring musicians Gabriel Roth (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Daptone Records); James Gadson (Bill Withers, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band); Miles Tackett (Breakestra, Funky Sole); Fanny Franklin (Orgone, Macy Gray, Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra); and Todd Simon (Ethio Cali, Breakestra, Kelis, Quantic). Rare Groove pays homage to the “Butterfunk” era spanning from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s—when artists were recreating soul and funk music. During the early 1990s, pioneers of the genre such as The Poets of Rhythm (Germany) and the Soul Providers (early predecessor to the Dap-Kings) released recordings of dirty and dusty tracks reminiscent of James Brown and the New Orleans sound of Eddie Bo. This “new” sound (sometimes incorporating elements of jazz, hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat or Latin rhythms) went on to create a sensation across the globe inspiring future projects such as Breakestra, Orgone, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, New Mastersounds, The Bamboos, and El Michels Affair. Luminaries such as Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones, and Charles Bradley found success via the Rare Groove movement.