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Afro-Funk Festival stops in Eugene on Wednesday

The Afro-Funk Festival is sort of like the Vans Warped Tour with a rotating lineup of bands that fit under a mission and travel. The Afro-Funk stays on the West Coast for its fourth annual festival.

Instead of punk, rock and indie bands, the Afro-FunkFestival is home for bands in a genre that the San Francisco Bay Guardian calls "rawer than jazz, more organic than R&B, and as politically and socially relevant as hip-hop."

Some of the groups that fit that description will stop at Cozmic Pizza on Wednesday for a show filled with groove-heavy, multilayered music with intricate beats.

On schedule to play are headliners SambaDa, Sila & the Afro Funk Experience, and DJ Jeremiah and the Afrobeat Nation.

Cozmic Pizza is at 199 W. Eighth Ave. This show starts at 8 p.m. for a $10 cover.

Volifonix claims the title in battle of the bands

The dozens of other bands are still standing, but without a $20,000 prize package to their name.

Volifonix won the radio station-sponsored Last Band Standing contest, beating out, according to a news release, 32 other groups. Those attending the June 26 finals at Taboo gave Voli fonix the most votes and the title.

"The other bands raised the bar, and we had to bring our best stuff," drummer Blake Forbess said in a news release. The contest had been going on for three months, presented by 97.9 KNRQ, 96.1 KZEL and Taboo. The grand prize includes a touring van, studio time, label representation and distribution, and more, a news releasesays.

Volifonix uses the tag line "Two Brothers, Two Others" because the group originated with Blake and his brother Trevor Forbess, who started the band in Oakland. Joined by Elijah Medina and Joe McClain, the group is now based in Eugene.

Catch the band at the Lane County Fair, Bi-Mart Stage on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 4, 2008
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