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Without question, New Orleans has more great food, fun and funk per capita than most of the rest of the planet.   Gumbo, The Saints, The Meters?  Need I say more? Check out this lesser known band, The Gaturs, who did some local funkin’ around in the Big Easy back in the early 1970s....

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There’s something really special about a band that truly has its own sound.  Sly and the Family Stone had it, James Brown had it, Parliament-Funkadelic had it and so did The Meters. The Meters, based in New Orleans, started pumping out the funk in 1969 with their self-titled debut....

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Check out this hypnotic groove from Mandrill.   This African-influenced funk band put out a number of wild albums in the 70s.   Hang Loose was one of their bigger hits and their live performances of it were pretty great.   Check out this footage from Soul Train.   Other great Mandrill tracks...

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War!! This eclectic band put out some amazing stuff during their decades-long career (they still perform today) but their work from the early 70s is arguably some of their finest.   Starting with Eric Burdon and War’s 1970 semi-hit “Spill the Wine”, they put together a...

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Years before Cherish, before Ladies Night, long before Celebration and long before Get Down On It, Kool and the Gang were actually really cool.  This group of super talented and funky musicians led by bassist Ronald “Kool” Bell, put together some amazing funk spanning from their...

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Oh man, why couldn’t this be what we know as 80s music?  This 1981 somewhat rare release by Conquest just oozes funk and is a killer dance tune.  The early 80s were great because disco had recently died (R.I.P.) and music suddenly had to be a lot more thoughtful, but it was before the...