Fort Knox Five

In the beginning, there was the one – The Funk. A primal rhythm to connect humanity to each other and beyond. But from the one, arose Five...Fort Knox Five (FK5) – soldiers of The Funk, dedicated to inject the world with booty-shaking, hip-grinding, funk-da-fied beats!
Originally formed in Washington, DC in 2003 – inspired by the funk, soul, hip hop and punk rock of their youth – Fort Knox Five solidified into a 4-piece band comprised of Steve Raskin, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers, and Sid Barcelona. The fifth slot in the “Five” remained open for collaboration – working with such vocal talents as Mustafa Akbar, Afrika Bambaataa, and Joe Quarterman.
Combining live instrumentation with electronic music and a keen ear for uncut funkiness, FK5 began accumulating fans and accolades for their infectious, musically diverse originals, remixes as well as their club and festival shows. With grooves that shift effortlessly from funk, house, reggae & glitch hop to prime-time bangers that feature Robs live guitar (or sitar) heroics, FK5 pioneered a modern funk revolution. A revolution that has seen them touring and performing for nearly two decades alongside industry giants and icons including The Beastie Boys, Jurassic 5, Z Trip, and Krafty Kuts. Their uniquely groovy music has found its way into hit video games, TV shows, commercials and movies – including over a dozen titles on EA Sports and the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove.
With the untimely passing of Jon H, Steve Raskin has taken over as the principle DJ for the group and now leads the charge of the Fort Knox brigade on the road into the funky future. He tours their signature brand of glitched-out funk with high energy sets in any setting from lounges to world famous clubs and some of the largest festivals across the globe.
After nearly two decades of creating solid gold funk in the gritty underground of the Nation’s Capital, FK5 keeps evolving. Raskin recently relocated to British Columbia, Canada, where he continues building FK5’s sonic archive of floor-rocking music, overseeing music production, live shows, and streams. Rob Myers collaborates cross-continentally on production and song writing while also touring with Thievery Corporation, and Sid Barcelona oversees the operations of the group’s label, Fort Knox Recordings.
Throughout it all, FK5 has continued recording, collaborating, remixing, and touring, often with younger groups and artists who grew up influenced by their funk-infused electronic sound and their Midas touch for creating heavy-hitting records.
From the pulsing clubs of DC to the outdoor festivals of BC – including yearly slots at legendary BC electronic festivals Shambhala and Bass Coast – FK5 continues to tap into the pulsing, primal rhythm of The Funk and the unfiltered love of making the kind of music that lifts your soul and makes your booty shake!

Shows

White Eagle Polish Hall
Sat. February 26th 19:30
$25 - 29.95 advance
While the roots of modern groove lay in funk and soul, much of modern groove is tended to by DJs and electronic producers, and no one is doing more work in tending the groove garden than the mighty FORT KNOX FIVE. Garden City Grooves is very excited to welcome Fort Knox Five back to Victoria for the first time in over three years. From Washington, DC and recently relocated to Canadian west coast in BC, Fort Knox Five has remained at the vanguard of rhythm and groove since their inception nearly 20 years ago (2003). Through their label Fort Knox Recordings, their massively popular Funk The World mix series and their legendary appearances at some of the most important festivals in the electronic world – like Bass Coast, Shambhala, Burning Man, for example – FKF has long been established as one of the premier places to get deep grooves that are guaranteed to make your mouth smile and your ass shake.

As mighty as Fort Knox Five is, they won’t be coming alone as they’ll be joining forces with Vancouver’s “Human Jukebox” MARK WOODYARD for a very special headline performance. Armed with his guitar, his voice and loop machines, Woodyard is a talent unlike any other in the area and we can’t wait to see what groovy delights he and Steve of Fort Knox Five are going to conjure up. Garden City Grooves is very stoked to welcome BLASÉ BLASÉ to our stage for the first time. Comprised of members of some of Victoria’s most iconic acts, Blasé Blasé is making some seriously smooth and warm chilled-out hip-hop. The band has been hard at work during the pandemic creating new music and honing their live show, and they’re sure to be coming back out of the gates HOT.

Also on the bill is our long time friend and west coast hip-hop veteran MO MOSHIRI, who will be flanked by another friend of ours, GROSSBUSTER. An alumnus of iconic group Sweatshop Union, Moshiri has established himself outside of the group as an MC who always brings his best on the mic. His rhymes are thoughtful, deep and full of capital-L Love and his beats straddle the line between old-school and nu-school. Last, but certainly not least Garden City Grooves is so proud to finally welcome powerful JENNAY BADGER between the 1s and 2s. A Vancouver transplant that cut her teeth and established herself here on Vancouver Island, Jennay Badger has proven herself to be one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking DJs in the west coast game right now.

We seriously cannot wait to get SWEATY on the dancefloor with all of our groove-seeking friends for a serious Saturday night throw-down.

Saturday, February 26 @ White Eagle Hall (James Bay)
Doors: 7:30pm
All ages, proof of full vaccination required for entry, Beverage Service for 19+ w/ ID
Tickets $25 - $29.95, available exclusively at ticketweb.ca