34 episodes

The podcast that takes you on a musical journey to the World of Funk; the history, the culture, and The Grooves!

The Funk Excursion with Badd Kitti Brieze Thompson

    • Music
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

The podcast that takes you on a musical journey to the World of Funk; the history, the culture, and The Grooves!

    PRE36 - The Southern Origins of Funk - Part 1

    PRE36 - The Southern Origins of Funk - Part 1

    Like most forms of American music, Funk takes much of its influence from the music of the early South. The family tree is complicated, but Funk channelled gospel, blues, jazz and afro-cuban rhythms into a new creation that would become the voice of its generation, and influence music all over the world in generations to come.
    On this episode, Badd Kitti examines Southern Funk, from both various regions and time periods. Hop on board this southern excursion starting in Georgia with Funk's founding father, James Brown in the 60s, on through to Texas with Lizzo in the new millenium - and plenty of stops in between.
    Part 1 - Podcast Subscribers
    Part 2 - Web Exclusive - www.thefunkexcursion.com
    Badd Kitti, (a.k.a. Brieze Thompson) is a multi-talented keyboardist, vocalist, composer, band leader, and educator, working in the Philadelphia area. Her role as a pioneer of the city’s mid-2000’s funk revival earned her the title , ‘Philadelphia’s Queen of Funk‘.
    Badd Kitti’s lifelong love of funk music, coupled with her experience as a professional musician, combine to offer a unique and insightful perspective on the program’s topic. 

    • 1 hr
    PRE35 - Funk Gets Political

    PRE35 - Funk Gets Political

    It's election time again, and on this episode Badd Kitti delves into the political side Funk.
    Actually, Funk is political in and of its self. Born in the termoil of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, Funk began as protest music, sometimes overt, sometimes disguised, but ALWAYS true unto itsself.
    Part 1 - Funk Gets Political *Podcast Only)
    From James Brown's, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", to Marvin, Stevie, Curtis Mayfield, and more. This hour examines Funk through the lens of some of the most controversial, inspirational and important songs of the 20th century.  
    Part 2 - The Get Down (Web Exclusive www.thefunkexcursion.com)
    On it's surface, the phrase "Get Down", was a popular party or dance chant. But in actuality, the phrase had (and still has) cultural meaning and political implicaitons that went far beyond it's simplified disguise. In this hour Badd Kitti has some fun playing songs with "Get Down" in the title. Check out the double entendre while you "get down" to the groove!
    About the Host

    Badd Kitti, (a.k.a. Brieze Thompson) is a multi-talented keyboardist, vocalist, composer, band leader, and educator, working in the Philadelphia area. Her role as a pioneer of the city’s mid-2000’s funk revival earned her the title , ‘Philadelphia’s Queen of Funk‘.
    Badd Kitti’s lifelong love of funk music, coupled with her experience as a professional musician, combine to offer a unique and insightful perspective on the program’s topic. 

    • 1 hr
    PRE34- Curse of the Purple One

    PRE34- Curse of the Purple One

    It's All Treat and no Tricks in Badd Kitti's funky Halloween Special
    Part 1 - Curse of the Purple One (Podcast Subscribers)
    Why is it that the career of every artist who was ever dubbed "The Next Prince" ended in utter failure? Could it be The Curse of the Purple One???

    In this episode, Badd Kitti explores her spooky observation - and presents some very ghoulish evidence that Prince had a supernatural musical mojo!
    Part 2 - The Monster Mix (Web Exclusive www.thefunkexcursion.com)
    Badd Kitti reaches into her Trick Bag and pulls out a spellbinding mix that'll sho'nuf bring the Freaks Out

    Featuring Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Stevie Wonder, Cameo, Funkadelic, Midnight Star, Whodini, and much, much more!


    About the Host
    Badd Kitti, (a.k.a. Brieze Thompson) is a multi-talented keyboardist, vocalist, composer, band leader, and educator, working in the Philadelphia area. Her role as a pioneer of the city’s mid-2000’s funk revival earned her the title , ‘Philadelphia’s Queen of Funk‘.
    Badd Kitti’s lifelong love of funk music, coupled with her experience as a professional musician, combine to offer a unique and insightful perspective on the program’s topic. 

    • 1 hr
    The Funktoberfest MixPak - Pt1

    The Funktoberfest MixPak - Pt1

    Badd Kitti celebrates Funktoberfest with a bumpin' mix from Coast to Coast, stopping in Minnesota, Oklahoma, Philly, Ohio and New York.
    Part 1 (Podcast Subscribers)
    Roy Ayres kicks off the hour, flowing into some 'happy music' , then turning it up with a  a head-to-head from Prince and P-Funk 
    Part 2 (Website Exclusive www.thefunkexcursion.com)
    Badd Kitti kicks off the 2nd hour with classic funk straight outta NYC - 
    Tom Brown, Brass Construction and Skyy, and tops it off with more classics from EWF and bands from the Land of Funk
     
    About the Host
    Badd Kitti, (a.k.a. Brieze Thompson) is a multi-talented keyboardist, vocalist, composer, band leader, and educator, working in the Philadelphia area. Her role as a pioneer of the city’s mid-2000’s funk revival earned her the title , ‘Philadelphia’s Queen of Funk‘.
    Badd Kitti’s lifelong love of funk music, coupled with her experience as a professional musician, combine to offer a unique and insightful perspective on the program’s topic. 

    • 1 hr
    PRE32 - The FUnk ABCs - Part1

    PRE32 - The FUnk ABCs - Part1

    On this episode, Badd Kitti plays the Funk from A-Z!
    The Funk ABCs originally came about when a radio station manager doubted that there was enough funk music to do a weekly show. Not only did Badd Kitti play a totally unique set every week for the first year, but for the month of September, (the month the show debuted), she played the sets alphabetially. Six years later, and going strong, The Funk Excursion still endeavors to bring a unique set of classic, new and rare funk grooves to listeners every week. 
    Do You Know Your Funk ABCs?
    Part 1 - A to L
    Podcast subscribers only
    Part 2 - M to Z
    Website Exclusive - www.thefunkexcursion.com
     
    About Badd Kitti
    Badd Kitti, (a.k.a. Brieze Thompson) is a multi-talented keyboardist, vocalist, composer, band leader, and educator, working in the Philadelphia area. Her role as a pioneer of the city’s mid-2000’s funk revival earned her the title , ‘Philadelphia’s Queen of Funk‘.
    Badd Kitti’s lifelong love of funk music, coupled with her experience as a professional musician, combine to offer a unique and insightful perspective on the program’s topic. 

    • 1 hr
    PRE31 - Worldwide MixPak

    PRE31 - Worldwide MixPak

    This Month's MixPak features worldwide funk from Africa to the UK.
    Also included: Rarely played cuts from James Brown, Zapp and Eddie Hazel, a spin-off from the Average White Band, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, a few jams from the Ladies of Funk, and more....

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

BeeDarlene ,

Thank you!!!

Your show is excellently crafted for those who want to learn the history as well as enjoy listening to the depth and breadth of a music era that showcase the wisdom and feelings many talented artists.

Top Podcasts In Music

The Joe Budden Network
Friday Night Karaoke
SiriusXM
Barstool Sports
Rory Farrell & Jamil "Mal" Clay & Studio71
Double Elvis Productions