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VulgarGrad

VulgarGrad are a seven-piece Melbourne-based band who play unique folk-funk-polka-punk renditions of traditional Russian folk and "Thieves' Songs". Band members: Jacek Koman : vocals
Andrew Tanner : contrabass balalaika
Renato VaCirca : drums
Ros Jones : trombone
Adam Pierzchalski : trumpet
Nara Demasson : guitar
Phil McLeod : piano accordion www.vulgargrad.com

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Funky Meters

The Funky Meters are give or take the same group as "The Meters", an American funk band based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. They were active between the late 60s until their breakup in 1977. They reunited later on, and went through a few new members, which resulted in the name change to "The Funky Meters". They were never extremely popular, and didn't receive much airtime on the radio, but are considered one of the leading funk predecessors.

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Jackson Jackson

Harry James Angus (Vocals/Trumpet; The Cat Empire) and Jan Skubiszewski (Producer; Phrase, & Composer; APRA Award winner Two Hands, The Rage In Placid Lake, Last Man Standing) met in 2002, when Jan's assistant engineered a recording Harry was performing on. Fast-forward to 2006 - Jan's talent behind the sound desk and his mastery of beats collide with Harry's musical genius to form the collaboration known as Jackson Jackson.

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Chris Poulsen Trio

In March 2004, drummer Trent Bryson-Dean sat in on a gig with a jazz band called SCAT. He was very quickly impressed with the playing of Chris Poulsen (Fender Rhodes) that day and vowed to Chris and bassist Jeremy O’Connor that he would book a gig for the trio as soon as he possibly could.
True to his word, Trent was able to secure a gig at the Brisbane Powerhouse five months later in August. (With great wisdom he chose to name the group Chris Poulsen Trio rather than name the group after himself – a mere drummer!) The gig proved to be a great success...

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Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley is no stranger to hard times. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Charles spent the better part of his childhood living on the streets. One of the more optimistic moments of his childhood came in 1962, when his sister took him to see James Brown at The Apollo. Brown’s energy formed a lasting impression on Charles. He went home and immediately began practicing microphone tricks with a broom attached to a string, imitating the Godfather’s every move.

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Jamiroquai

Jamiroquai is a funk/acid jazz band which formed in London, England, United Kingdom in 1992. The band currently consists of Jason 'Jay Kay' Cheetham (vocals), Matt Johnson (keyboards), Rob Harris (guitar), Paul Turner (bass), Derrick McKenzie (drums) , Sola Akingbola (percussion), Lorraine McIntosh (backing vocals) and Hazel Fernandez (backing vocals). The name "Jamiroquai" is derived from the Native American Iroquois tribe, with which Kay has said he identifies philosophically, combined with 'Jam', as in musical jamming.

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Michael Franti

Michael Franti (born April 21, 1966, in Oakland, California) is an African, Irish, and German American poet, musician, and composer. Franti is the creator and driving force behind Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, folk, and rock. Franti was part of the industrial punk band The Beatnigs with DJ Rono Tse, which released a self-titled LP, and an EP Television on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles Records.

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Real Thing

The Real Thing, a Liverpool based vocal group, had its origins in the Merseybeat boom of the 1960s. Lead Singer Eddie Amoo was a former band member of The Chants, whose beat singles gathered considerable critical acclaim, although they failed to chart. After continuing to record for various record labels, the band name was eventually dropped. Original members of the group who appeared on opportunity knocks were, Chris Amoo, Kenny Davis (deceased) Dave Smith, Eddie Ankrah, and Ray Lake(deceased) Re-labelled as The Real Thing...

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Rufus

There is more than one artist with this name: 1. A 1970s funk band, best known for launching the career of their lead singer, Chaka Khan. Major hits during their career include "Tell Me Something Good," "Sweet Thing," and "Ain't Nobody" . 2. A Czech band from Litomyšl: http://www.rufus.cz/. 3. A Brazilian band from Florianópolis. Playing a fusion of different styles, their music features experimental but raw instrumentals, with emotional lyrics.

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Flight Facilities

Flight Facilities is Lance Bass (US) & Richard Blackwood (UK) they met at a Holy Ghost! DJ set in New York, and immediately hit it off, sharing loves in music, literature and movies. Plans to work together were formed but they never took off until the following year when they would meet again at the secret Bang Gang Runway party. This time, real plans were formed and with help from Bang Gang head honcho Zeus Tripplemint they've started doing some mixes for some other artists such as; Bag Raiders...

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