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    History of American Funk Music

    Funk music has deep, far-reaching southern roots, making it a staple sound throughout the region. Funk first originated in the mid-to-late 1960s, when African-American musicians experimented with a compilation of several popular styles, including rhythm and blues, jazz and soul. These talented artists seamlessly blended innovative sounds to deliver a new genre heavy on rhythmic bass lines, distinctive drum grooves and single chord vamps – and funk was officially born.

    Original funk artists such as James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone and Chaka Khan were just some of the many musicians that developed this new sound, heavily-laden with horns, distinctive riffs and grooves. More than 50 years later, the genre has proven staying power; funk continues to have a steady foothold, especially throughout the south. Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi – every southern state puts its own spin on the beloved sound. Today, we all embrace the modern evolution of funk with hip-hop and house music hybrids (Uptown Funk, anyone?) as well as listening to distinctive artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Color and even Prince.

    Dazz Band: Funk Powerhouses With Staying Proven Power

    The Dazz Band deserves a spot on this elite list of modern funk mavens. The Grammy Award-winning band burst onto the funk scene in 1976 and hasn't stopped performing since. The group has been dazzling international audiences for decades, appearing on popular television programs including American Bandstand, Solid Gold and Soul Train. Originally known as Kinsman Dazz, the Dazz Band has released fourteen total albums to date, proving that they, like funk, have proven staying power. Not only have they released a steady stream of popular tunes, modern artists still sample their distinctive sound on current songs and tracks. Today, the band comprised of Skip Martin, Donny Sykes and founding member, Bobby Harris, still tour venues, performing their list of hits including "Let It Whip," "Joystick" and "Let It All Blow."

    The Dazz Band is LIVE at Lady Luck®!

    If you're looking to get your southern funk fix, Lady Luck® Casino is THE place to be this November. On November 5, 2016, we’ll be hosting the Dazz Band! Enjoy a great evening of entertainment in the Lady Luck Arena with this renowned American funk music band. Tickets are on sale online or at O&H Express®. Tickets are $10.00 for advance purchases and $15.00 the day of the show. Doors open at 7pm, and the show will start at 8pm.

    Enjoy the show, everyone, and don’t forget to stick around for a night of gaming after the performance!

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