An Invasion of the Funk! Print
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The FUNK invaded Richmond VA on Friday 31, 2015. It came in the name of O.F.M. (Other Funky Music) who performed at the Canal Club on East Canary Street. This is a new group comprised of Parliament – Funkadelic alumni and associated acts. The group performed in front of adoring fans to a sound fusing funk, hard rock and heavy metal. They sounded much like the original Funkadelic of 1970-1972. There was nothing pop about this act. They were true to the funk and beyond.

The O.F.M. band consisted of the band leader Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey who performed as the drummer. Jerome’s history is vast. His early beginnings documents him as the drummer for the R&B vocal group the Unifics from Howard University. He then became the drummer for the “First Family of Soul” the Five Stairsteps and stayed with them for 2-3 years. After leaving the Burke family he joined the Chambers family known as the Chambers Brothers. By 1975 / 1976 he joined Funkadelic and appeared on the Hardcore Jollies album. From that time until 1978 he appeared on P-Funk albums by Parliament, Funkadelic, Fred Wesley & the Horny Horns, Eddie Hazel, Bootsy's Rubber Band and Fuzzy Haskins. In 1978 he was the co-leader of the P-Funk spin off band Quazar, which was short lived. In 1979 he produced his first solo album for his group Mutiny. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was inducted in 1997 with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. Jerome is also the coauthor of one of the greatest P-Funk compositions of all time: Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker).

The lead vocalist for O.F.M. (Other Funky Music) and front man is Gary Mudbone Cooper. He first appears on record with the band Madhouse. They released an album in 1972 on Today Records titled Serve 'Em. By 1976 Mudbone appeared as a founding member of Bootsy's Rubber Band. He became the author of several Bootsy's Rubber Band classics like: Physical Love, I'd Rather Be With You, What's A Telephone Bill, and Very Yes. He was the author of compositions that have been covered by Eddie Hazel, Parlet, The Brides Of Funkenstein, George Clinton, Sly Fox, Bernie Worrell and many others. In 2006 he released a solo CD titled Fresh Mud.

The guitarist for O.F.M. (Other Funky Music) is Donald "Lenny" Holmes.  He is an original member of Mutiny featuring Jerome Brailey. He appeared on the Mutiny albums Mutiny On The Mamaship, Funk Plus The One and A Night Out With The Boys.

The bass man for the band is Jeff "Cherokee" Bunn. From 1978 until the present Cherokee has recorded with The Brides Of Funkenstein, Funkadelic, Parlet, George Clinton And P-Funk All Stars, and the Mutiny CD Aftershock 2005.

O.F.M. (Other Funky Music) performed a high energy show ‎that ranged from Jerome Brailey original compositions, Gary Mudbone Cooper compositions, early Funkadelic classics like Super Stupid, I Wanna Know If It's Good To You ?, Eddie Hazel’s California Dreamin', the Jimi Hendrix's rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner and a whole lot more hard rocking in your face hard-core funk!

Friday evening of Friday 31, 2015 was a great night of music and performance from four masters of the music. Richmond the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia came alive with the true raw FUNK from O.F.M. (Other Funky Music). Check them out when they come to your area.


Highly Recommended.

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