Café Funquê (Cafe Funque)

Café Funquê (Cafe Funque)

BandRockFunk

Just back from a great tour of the US; 15 shows in 30 days-4 shows at SXSW 2009, as well as memorable shows at Duke University and various clubs in Southern California. We fired up the crowds w/ original songs in Portuguese, and English, and were included on BM&A's Brazil @ SXSW promotional CD.

Biography

Café Funquê (pronounced Cafeh Funkay)

The experienced musicians of this explosive rock band all come from different backgrounds, giving a unique flavor for a super charged mix. Lead singer Cacau(Lady Acid) hails from the the Rio de Janeiro underground; having been an important figure/DJ for years in the eletro/independant club scene. Drummer Gabriel Damasceno, a California native, studied ethnomusicology, and played for years in carnaval powerhouse G.R.E.S. Mangueira. Bassist Flavio Chokito's Brit rock roots are unmistakeable, and has made a living laying down sixteenth notes with many well known bands in the Rio area, such as Pic-Nic, and Seres. Free jazz saxofonist Gabriel Fomm floats in and out of time/space, quoting bossa nova licks, and genuine guitar hero Felipe Aranha lights the stage on fire with his incredible chops attained through countless tours with regional rock stars Cabaret as well as Hereges.

The band has rocked fans with electrifying marathon performances at such local venues as: RioFolia (see performance on youtube) , RioCenaContemporanea, Conversa Fiada, Cinematheque, & Teatro Odisseia to name a few. With 25 original songs rehearsed, and versions of songs by Led Zeppelin, Eurythmics, Michael Jackson, Chico Buarque, and Stevie Wonder there's always something new! Cafe Funque just returned from tour of the south western United States, performing at South By South West 2009 and events hosted by Duke University International Association. The band is currently finishing production of their first full length CD, and making arrangements for the second half of their US tour, in mid-August. All contacts are welcome.

cafefunque@gmail.com
myspace.com/cafefunque
Facebook: Café Funquê
Orkut: Café Funquê

Discography

We have many classic singles available on-line, such as:
Cucarachas
Milq Sheiq
200 Dollars
Funqueitor
Sangue Ruim

Set List

Our typical set list varies greatly with the show, event, or venue. As a versatile band, we are known to improvise covers, and jams on the spot, or even redo original songs, based on crowd reaction. Our sound is rock based, but with a funky swing, allowing us to blend into several genres. In a rock festival setting we do our classic repertoire with original hits:
Sangue Ruim
Heartbroken
Deep Shade
200 Dollars
A Praia
and
Geni (Chico Buarque)
Immigrants Song (Led Zeppelin)
Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics),
to name a few.
On a more funky side we have:
O Clube
Milq Sheiq
Funqueitor
Johnny
Sweetness
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
as well as original songs with a Brazilian feel:
Informe
Que Onda
El Tango
Sambinha
Tapa Na Cara

Our sets run any where from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, but we've been know to rock the stage until the sun rises.