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We Want the Funk Weekend

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The Fatback Band
Put those funk records back on the shelf. This Saturday and Sunday, funk legends The Fatback Band, The Ohio Players, and Average White Band are bringing the sweet sounds of the ’70s and ’80s to the August Wilson African American Cultural Center for We Want the Funk Weekend. On Friday, hear disco club hits such as “I Found Lovin’” and “Backstrokin’” from The Fatback Band and No. 1 Billboard singles “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster” from The Ohio Players — the latter of which harbors an urban legend. (The scream featured in “Love Rollercoaster” is rumored to be there for a few reasons: someone was murdered while the song was being recorded and the sound was captured in the track; it’s the agonizing scream of Ester Cordet, who was photographed nude for the Honey album cover and badly burned by the honey used in the shoot; or, a rabbit was killed outside of the studio while recording, and its scream was picked up on the song.) Anyway, Average White Band can erase those dark thoughts on Saturday, with instrumental classic “Pick Up the Pieces” or the smooth “A Love of Your Own.”

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