Fri 11/9 @ 8PM
Cleveland’s Funkyard Experiment, aka Funkyard X, was founded by synth player Steve Johnson five years ago to build on the electro/funk/dance sound created by such ’70s and ’80s pioneers as Earth Wind & Fire, Roger & Zapp and Rick James, along with other artists such as James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson.
Mixing in some jazz, gospel and classic sound, the nine-piece ensemble with its mix of heavy synths and horns, has been filling dance floors and getting feet tapping at venues all over town, including Tri-C JazzFest.
FunkyardX is doing a intimate cabaret-style performance at the Akron Civic Theatre, with musicians and audience sitting together on the stage. Tickets are $20.