We're really excited about all the insane shows we've got comin' atchya during Jazz Fest this year so it's only right that we kick-off the 10-day shenanigans with friends, fiya and funk! Fiyawerx Productions is teaming up with fellow funkateers and bringers of the get-down, Equifunk Underground, and together we're throwing a party to start all parties! It's with great pleasure that we present EquiFiya's Headhunters River Jam. This old-school-meets-new-school line up features some seriously OG cats getting down with hot-on-the-scene playas and we couldn't be more ready to groove down the river with 'em. We're bringing together Mike Clark (The Headhunters), Bill Summers (The Headhunters), Donald Harrison (The Headhunters), Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), Nigel Hall (The Nth Power/Warren Haynes Band/Lettuce), June Yamagishi (Papa Grows Funk/Wild Magnolias) and Pete Shand (New Mastersounds) for this killa show on the Creole Queen Riverboat on Friday, April 25th. New Orleans' own Quickie Mart will be spinning a dance party on the top deck during boarding and as we set sail.
We're absolutely thrilled to announce our newest Jazz Fest 2014 late night offering: WILD FIYA! This heavy rock and old-school funk-infused show features legendary musicians Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Funkadelic), Blackbyrd McKnight (The Headhunters-Parliament/Funkadelic), Corey Glover (Living Colour), Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Eric McFadden (P-Funk) and Mike Dillon (Garage a Trois/The Mike Dillon Band) at One Eyed Jacks for the 2AM show on Friday, May 2 (technically early AM, May 3). If you're looking for some late night craziness during Jazz Fest, this is where it'll be.
And if by chance you need something to do before the FIYA spreads to the late night hours, May 2nd might as well be renamed Official FIYAWERX Day in New Orleans (Right? I mean, why not? I will also except Katie-Is-Awesome Day, but I'm trying to be a team player here.) because we've got you all set! Join us at Noon for FIYA FEST 2014 at Mardi Gras World, followed by FIYA WATER 2 on the Creole Queen Riverboat and then get that cake of a day all nice and frosted up with this outrageous bomb of a show at OEJs. Think you can handle all three?! (That's what she said?) Well, we think you're up for the challenge. Visit our Shows page for info and tickets.
Let's get WILD, ya heard?!
After yesterday's SICK show announcment, we knew we had to follow up with something just as FIYA and this is one we know y'all have been waiting for! Fiyawerx Productions is pleased to announce FIYA WATER 2 featuring Rahzel (The Roots), Eric Krasno (Lettuce, Soulive), Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, The Nth Power), Jesus Coomes (Lettuce), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nigel Hall (The Nth Power), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), James Casey (Lettuce, Trey Anastasio Band), Eric Bloom (Lettuce), and David Shaw (The Revivalists) on the Creole Queen Riverboat right after FIYA FEST on Friday, May 2. Borahm Lee (Break Science) will be spinning a dance party on the top deck during boarding and as we set sail. We have also pushed the boarding and cruise times back to give everyone two hours after the last sets end at the Fairgrounds before we take off. Tickets to Fiya Water 1 sold out in just a few short hours and these ones are gonna fly too, so don't sleep on this folks! Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon. We can't wait to be rollin' down the river with everyone again. It's gonna be FIYA, ya heard?!
Fiyawerx Productions is bringing some New York flava through New Orleans for Jazz Fest. We are proud to announce CROSSFIYA featuring The Fyre Dept (Eric Krasno + Adam Deitch + more) w/ special guest Talib Kweli, De La Soul Rebels (The Soul Rebels do De La Soul) w/ Rahzel (The Roots) and Break Science w/ Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan) at the Howlin' Wolf New Orleans on Saturday, May 3rd. Come get some of that FIYA, y'all.
For more information and to purchase tickets click here.
Ever heard of BONE BOYS LIVING FUNK ADDICTION? Probably not, but don't feel too bad. No one has. It's FIYA WRAPPER's brand new musical concoction brewing for our show with The Revivalists at Concord Music Hall in Chicago on March 7th. It features a unique combination of rock and funk superstars including Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Eric McFadden (P-Funk), Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Corey Glover (Living Colour) & Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys). The show also includes Chicago's own New-Orleans-inspired R&B/soul band Swamp Heat.
Fiyawerx Productions & Silver Wrapper invite you to experience the madness in just a few short weeks!
For more information and to purchase tickets click here.
Happy Funkin Valentine's Day y'all! I'm more inclined to celebrate what I am calling "House of Cards" Day with my boyfriend Netflix, but for those of you gettin' down with an actual in-the-flesh sweet thang tonight, here are my top five funk tunes to get those pants droppin and braziers poppin!
5. "Strawberry Letter 23"
The Brothers Johnson
This sweet little tune almost didn't make the cut because of its high cheese factor, but in the end I had to include it. Not only will it make you feel like you've hopped in a hot tub and spiraled straight back to '78, but you'll be wishing your bed was actually lush shag carpet and you'll both be imagining he has a porn stache. Roll with it.
4. "Green Eyed Love"
I know there's some hot shit out there, and thus am sure this statement can be easily disproved, but this might be the sexiest shit ever. The whole A Strange Arrangement album is way up there on my Sexiest Shit Ever list. And actually, this is the first song on my "Get It On" playlist. It sets the mood right every time but now I'm like Pavlov's dog and every time I hear it... well. Moving on.
3. "Do It Like You Do"
Lettuce ft. Nigel Hall
Lettuce really brought me to my knees with this one. Pun intended. And Nigel's ultra-smooth vocals are the icing on the cake. I think there was an opportunity for a pun there too, but I'm blanking becuase this song's got me distracted. Gentlemen, give this one a try. It might just bring your partner to their knees too.
2. "Anti-Love Song"
Oh, Betty. Ohhhh, Betty. This is a nasty little jam and although it's technically about all the things she's "not" gonna do to her man, it's really about all the things she's gonna do to her man and vice versa. And it'll make you wanna do all the same things with your Valentine's Day honey. Plus, she basically expells every lyrics with a sensual moan. Hope you're not listening to this at work, fellas. Good luck hiding your boner.
1. "I'd Rather Be With You"
I feel like I really don't even need to explain this choice but alas, I will. First off, only Bootsy can end a song by telling you he's gonna cum in your eye and still make it romantic. And really, can you ever go wrong with Bootsy? This song is one damn sexy aphrodisiac. Just listen to that beat and Booty's to-the-fucking-point lyrics. Do you still have your clothes on? If the answer is yes, I'm honesty shocked.
Well, that was tough to make it through. I'm off to take a cold shower. Happy House of Cards Day!
Let's Get a Lil' Deep Now
Some Thoughts on Music + Love
A few months ago a friend and I stumbled upon a pretty cool correlation between love and music. At some point while standing in the crowd at The Vic watching JJ Grey & Mofro do their thing -and do it well, I might add- we both caught the other looking around the room in awe. The energy was fantastic and every face had a huge smile on it, you couldn't help but be taken aback. Not that it was shocking; the band was serenading us with an insane rendition of "Lochloosa" with the AMAZING Ed Williams (The Revivalists) sitting in on steel guitar.
I couldn't find a video from the Chicago show but here's one from the same tour. Just fucking amazing. So you can see why everyone was smiling, right? Anyway, in the midst of this killer tune, my friend leaned over and told me how he'd heard that the heartbeats of an entire audience listening to the same music can actually become synchronized. What a cool thought. While processing how amazing this fact was, I remembered an article I had come across not a week earlier about a recent study done at the University of California. Researchers found that couples in love, when placed in a quiet, isolated room and instructed not to speak to or touch one another, will end up having synchronized heart beats and breathing patterns (They also found that it was mostly the women that adjust to their partners rather than the men, but that's a whooole other blog post.). What makes this really amazing though, is that when they did the same research with people who were not romantically involved, there was no synchronization. I shared this info with my friend and we both kind of lit up when connecting these two pieces of information. Hilariously enough, I think we might have even hugged we were so excited. I do know it may seem like a bit of a jump, but if a symptom of love is synchronized heartbeats and music can make an entire theater of people sync up, it's not hard to believe that there is a whole SHIT TON of love in there, whether the chicken came first or the egg. That being said, I'm not naive to the many possible scientific explanations behind all of this and the fact that everything I'm saying could be easily debunked, but I choose to take it this way: music is love and love is music. Plain and simple.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Had to make sure y'all knew we weren't playin...
Welcome to our brand new website and thanks for visiting! As a supporter of the FIYA, you probably know by now that we don't mess around. Let me break it down in case you're feeling hazy... You know our line-ups. You know our krewe. You know our killa parties. You KNOW we don't mess around. So naturally, we felt it was important to have a site just as killa to represent who we are and what we do. And here it is! We hope y'all like it. Now come back real soon, ya heard?
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