TD JazzFest Presents: Five Alarm Funk plus Grapefruit is Impossible


Sun Jun 30 2024 at 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Bullen Park Esquimalt | Victoria, BC

“I lost control and went on a dance rampage… You guys blew my mind and body.” — George Straight
Five Alarm Funk is a horn-powered, percussion-fueled sonic and visual assault. Over 17 years of hard funking, with their first appearance at TD JazzFest in 2010, the band has burned up stages on four continents, released six studio albums, and received two JUNO Award nominations. And this ride isn’t about to slow down.
Five Alarm Funk released their 7th studio album, Big Smoke, in 2020. The 11 tracks get right to the roots of what Five Alarm Funk is all about: epic, intense arrangements, heavy groove, and a ton of fun. As drummer, vocalist, and band leader Tayo Branston puts it, “Big Smoke is the tighest, funkiest and most energized album we've ever created… We call it Punk Funk – it’s got the punch of heavy hitting dance music with the energy of a ruckus live concert.” The album features two collaborations, the first with the legendary Bootsy Collins, and the next, baritone saxophone phenom Leo P of Too Many Zooz.
For all the honing of their studio craft, the Five Alarm Funk’s epic live show is still what defines the band. The sweat-drenched concerts are infused with an intense spirit of fun that breaks down barriers between band and audience and moves both into a manic dance party. Wild costumes, props, and choreography compliment the seriously tight arrangements and genre-mashing grooves. That live show has taken Five Alarm Funk on dozens of tours, performing at hundreds of festivals around the world. Five Alarm Funk plans to keep the momentum going in 2024 with a highly-anticipated stop at TD Victoria International JazzFest. Gabe Boothroyd guitar, Oliver Gibson guitar, Tim Parent bass, Tom Towers congas, Brent Mah saxophone, Kent Wallace trumpet.
Opening for this evening will be Grapefruit Is Impossible. Fun, unconventional music inspired by hip hop/rap, jazz, and funk, this group of whipper-snappers from Victoria operate under the same creative modus operandi: do whatever you want. Their album Citrus Paradisi released in 2019, and now they return in full force performing live in Bullen Park in a stellar opening performance for Five Alarm Funk! Alexa Verstraten vocals, Lucas Bell vocals, Wes Carroll guitar/vocals, Dakota Hoeppner keyboards, Kyle Lowther bass, Greg Baan-Meiklejohn drums.
BULLEN PARK SPECIAL: Buy all three featured ticketed evening shows at TD JazzFest in Bullen Park for only $99! Three great shows and $18 savings. Available through the Royal & McPherson Theatre Box Office or the Victoria Jazz Society (975 Alston St. | 250-388-4423).
TD JAZZFEST TICKET PACKAGES: Festival ticket packages (three or more shows) are ONLY available through the Victoria Jazz Society Office and are ONLY applicable to TD JazzFest ticketed shows at Hermann’s Jazz Club, Wicket Hall, and Bullen Park. Ticket packages are NOT applicable to TD JazzFest performances at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse. Ticket packages may not be used in conjunction with the Bullen Park Special. Only one discount applies.
Please contact the Victoria Jazz Society for more details on discounted ticket packages:
250-388-4423 | 975 Alston St. | JAZZVICTORIA.CA

Where is it happening?

Bullen Park Esquimalt, 1150 Lyall St,Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Event Location & Nearby Stays:

Victoria Jazz Society

Host or Publisher Victoria Jazz Society

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