"Funk" was the word at Capital Centre -- actually, it was "double-funk." For 4 1/2 hours Sunday night, the Fall Funk Funk Festival blasted its way into the hearts and feet of the crowd as the big arena was rocked with throbbing beats and thumping bass lines.
The co-headliners, Cameo and GQ presented sets that covered the spectrum of funky soul music. Cameo, with its garish stage show (which featured flash bombs, acrobatic antics and a mirrored coffin) and loud, rock-oriented instrumentation, was similar to the hard-core musical apporoach of partiament-funkadelic. GQ was much softer, relying on cool vocal harmonies and a precise, low-keyed accompamment. Its imaginative blend of mid-60s soul and '70s disco, was the high light of the festival.
Kool and The Gang and Al Hudson and the Soul Partners opened the festival with sharp, rhythmic music that almost strutted from the speakers. Kool and The Gang were particularly impressive, with a strong horn section that had the crowd applauding.
If there was a drawback to the Fall Funk Funk Festival, it was simple a matter of too much of a good (and monotonously, same) thing. The producers of the show certainly gave the patrons their money's worth -- almost to the point of Overfunk.