Funk-a-Palooza Event at Paragon

May 25, 2014

Funk A PaloozaMARKSVILLE, La. – Officials from Paragon Casino Resort are proud to announce that a Funk-a-palooza event featuring Cameo, The Bar Kay’s and Taste of Honey will be performing on Sunday, May  25 at 8 pm in the Mari Showroom. Tickets are $30 and are currently on sale.

Get ready some of the greatest artists in funk! Paragon’s Funk-a-palooza event will feature R&B artists Cameo, The Bar Kay’s and Taste of Honey, all on one stage. In 1974, Lead man Larry Blackmon created a funk band with thirteen members from New York City. Cameo was one of the most popular R&B groups of the 80s. Hit singles included “Single Life” which was released in 1985, followed by “Word Up” and “Candy” in 1986. These three singles were charted number one on the Billboard Charts in the Hot R&B Singles category for several weeks. The group’s catchy hooks were so popular that several mainstream R&B and rap artists sampled their songs throughout the early 2000s. Today, the group consists of Tomi Jenkins, Nathan Lefetenant and Larry Blackmon.

Memphis, Tennessee natives formed a funk-soul band in 1966 that became a popular house band over the course of the 1970s. Initially called the Imperials, The Bar Kay’s released their first single “Soul Finger” in 1967.  It was a playful collaboration of an instrumental, coupled with several neighborhood children that become so popular, it reached Top 20 on the pop charts and went all the way to number three on the R&B Charts, ultimately helping launch the success of The Bar Kay’s. Shortly afterwards, The Bar Kay’s began performing as a backing band for Otis Redding.  In 1971, tragedy struck when four members of the group, along with Otis Redding and his band, were killed in a plane crash on their way to a performance. They began to recruit and rebuild its name with the addition of several new band members such as Larry Dodson who incorporated psychedelic-inspired rock/fusion into their music. As a result, they experienced a career boost in 1977 with their debut album “Flying High on Your Love” which became the band’s first gold record and released a hit single. From the album, single “Shut the Funk Up” was released.  Today, bassist James Alexander and lead vocalist Larry Dodson are two of the group’s original members.

Taste of Honey was formed in 1971 by original member Janice-Marie Johnson who was on lead vocals and bassist. The group is originally from Los Angeles, California and at that time, consisted of several other local musicians. Over the course of a few years, they performed at different venues and cities around Los Angeles and also internationally in Spain, Thailand and Japan.  After being discovered by a producer in the music industry, they were later signed to Capitol Records.  In 1978, Taste of Honey released “Boogie Oogie Oogie.” It was one of the best known chart-toppers of the disco era. It spent three weeks at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 and went platinum selling over two million copies. In 1979, Taste of Honey earned a Grammy for Best New Artist.  In 1980, the group released an album titled “Twice as Sweet,” which produced hit single “Sukyaki.” It reached number one on the Billboard R&B and Adult Contemporary Charts and number three on the Hot 100.  In the late 80s, Janice-Marie Johnson decided to perform as a solo artist. She released an album titled “A Taste of Honey.” In 1999, Burger King began using “Boogie Oogie Oogie” in a national TV ad campaign, introducing yet another generation to the late 70s smash hit. The track has also been sampled by hip-hop and rap artists.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com, the LA 1 Market, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information about other upcoming events at Paragon Casino Resort, please visit www.paragoncasinoresort.com.

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