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Five Alarm Funk returns to Salmon Arm in April

Keeping it funky

Five Alarm Funk isn't about to stop being funky anytime soon.

The band has been hitting the stage for 20 years and they will be returning to Salmon Arm later this year.

Vancouver's horn-powered, percussion-fuelled sonic and visual experience is going on the road to mark its 20th birthday.

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society (SAFMS) will be hosting a birthday party at Song Sparrow Hall April 16.

"Five Alarm Funk ignited the Saturday night main stage at the 30th annual Roots and Blues, and Salmon Arm fell in love with their high-energy, high-funk performance," says Kevin Tobin, artistic director, SAFMS. "We can't wait to bring them back this spring and see what they have in store for their birthday tour."

"What an incredible night," band leader, drummer and vocalist Tayo Branston says of Five Alarm Funk’s Roots and Blues performance. "The crowd was electric, the band played great, and the energy was unstoppable."

With seven studio albums, more than 100 festivals, performances in Taiwan, Mexico and a show for international peacekeeping troops in Mali under their floral-patterned belts, Five Alarm Funk has scooped up two Juno Award nominations for their tight and epic grooves.

But the live performance is where the funk truly shines.

Using their high energy and wild costumes to break down the barrier between audience and band, Five Alarm Funk captivates the audience with their infectious energy.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online.

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