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Arts and Entertainment

Photos: Long Beach Funk Fest 2010

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The second annual Long Beach Funk Fest was held in the streets of the Queen City on Saturday and thousands of locals came out to celebrate and dance. The cornerstone of the Long Beach Summer and Music free community concert series, the Funk Fest spanned two solar-powered stages and showcased performances by Jimmy Castor and the Bunch, The Original Stone City Band (Rick James Band), The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown, Bloco Nove featuring Delta Nove, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Weapon of Choice and Orgone to name just a few.

Closing the night was Ladies of P Funk--featuring Brides of Funkenstein's Dawn Silva, Parlet's Jeanette Washington-Perkins and Shirley Hayden and renowned singer-songwriter Sue Ann Carwell. Backed by an insanely tight rhythm section, the funk divas churned out hit after hit from the P-Funk Songbook, including the classics "One Nation Under a Groove", "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" and "Atomic Dog".