With Summer And Music entering it’s 6th year in Downtown Long Beach there is a notable change this year that has some people sad, upset, and downright angry. Arguably one of it’s most popular events, the Long Beach Funk Fest has drawn thousands to Downtown Long Beach over the past few years with amazing funky lineups, but this year it makes the move to The Queen Mary.

While the Queen Mary is a great location for events, the fact that it is scheduled for Monday, September 1st makes the event less accessible to those that do not get the federal holiday off. This fact, in combination with pre-sale tickets starting at $15 and going up from there, certainly seems like it will alienate many of its local fan base who simply can’t afford it or can’t take the day off if they don’t have it already.  While Funk Fest founder Bobby Easton will still be involved in someway, although we don’t know how much, the Queen Mary has esentially take the reigns on this event and has incorporated it into a much larger 3-day Labor Day weekend that includes a newly expanded 2-day Shoreline Jam that will feature headliners Pepper and The Dirty Heads.

The full lineup for 2014 has not yet been announced but we are very pleased that the Long Beach Funk Fest 2014 will be headlined by none other than George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. One of the most recognized and prolific funk acts, George Clinton and P-funk will make this one of the most memorable festivals to date so make sure to mark your calendars!

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Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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